Your stories

We want to thank all of the incredible people who’ve offered to share their stories.

Hopefully you will find inspiration in reading about other parents and carers in similar situations to you. They can attest to the benefits of taking the time to attend a Positive Partnerships workshop.

  • Dad gets big kiss from young daughter

    Men's business

    A group of men came together for a special workshop held over two evenings in July and October 2014. The group was unlike others, as few had met before; yet they came with a shared purpose: to improve the lives of their children with autism. The...

  • Mum sits alone on park bench

    Mum of six overcomes isolation

    It is hard to imagine that a mother of six children would ever feel alone but Carmen Lehtohnen did. She, like others, has said that parenting a child with autism can be a particularly isolating experience, even when it seems that you rarely...

  • Working together

    Positive Partnerships helps Lismore mother and teacher work together When Nicky Leitch first received news that her son Noah, had ASD, a feeling of relief came over her. Noah, now 10 years old, was always getting into trouble but she knew he wasn...

  • Man taping up packing box

    One dad's story

    A Glenelg father shares his move to Australia with a child with autism Dr Edwin Lapidario was not worried that his son, Sean Craig, now age 7 was not speaking at age 3. He had a family history of late talkers and assumed Sean Craig would follow...

  • Finger pushing a 'Helpful Tips' button on a computer keyboard

    Adrienne's tips

    ACT boasts strong and supportive autism community Key local facilitator shares local knowledge ACT Key Local Facilitator (KLF), Adrienne Gault, first attended the Positive Partnerships workshops as a parent when her son, Carl – now 14, was in...

  • Mother and two sons walking at sunset

    Mum on the autism spectrum helps others

    The full spectrum of advocacy in Orbost Julie Storey talks about her journey raising two sons on the autism spectrum Julie Storey isn’t the average mother. Not only is she raising two young boys with Asperger’s Disorder, David,...

  • Child's hand writing in note pad

    Two children on the spectrum

    Strong relationships lead to better outcomes at school and at home Camden’s Alison Jones’ first-hand experience on the benefits of Positive Partnerships Mother of two children with Asperger’s disorder, Alison Jones, has seen the benefits of...

  • Signs pointing in different directions

    Early signs

    Joondalup mother sees early signs of autism Debbie Alvarado knew her son’s communication issues were beyond the diagnosis of ADHD he received at five years old. Last year, when now 13 year old, Ryan was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (...

  • Handshake at school

    Learning to advocate

    Mount Gambier family accessing autism support service Being told that your child is on the autism spectrum is something that no parent wants to hear, and this was certainly the case for Heather Arthurson when her son Tom was diagnosed at the age...

  • Adult holding a child's hand

    Getting to know you

    Positive Partnerships workshop helps Logan mother ‘meet ’her son. Mother Justine Della Bosca, was relieved when she first learned that her son Benigno was living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as finally she had a diagnosis and was able to...