Welcome to The Spirited, a special needs parents' resource website.

Parenthood is already one of the most tasking jobs one can have. Physically, emotionally, and mentally. Parenting a spirited child can be even more tasking. Many parents suffer in silence as they try their all to give their child the best possible outcome. Often we forget ourselves in the process of giving everything. The feelings of isolation, depression, inadequacy, and the on going question, "could I be doing more?" are familiar to us.

This website was created as a space to reach out to those who feel the burden of parenting a spirited child. We will regularly post advice, resources, tips and stories about parenting spirited children. Our aim is to provide an online community for parents of spirited children as well as be an educational platform.

What is a Spirited Child?

A spirited child in this context is defined as a child with special needs. Children can be spirited in very different ways. My spirited child (SC) has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Spirited children think differently, act differently, and see differently. They are not "disabled", they are not less. They often possess a gift or an impressive skill set. In this website you will find posts about defining those strengths in your child and many other helpful tips.

What will I find here?

  • Educational resources
  • How to navigate the system after a diagnosis
  • Anonymous open letter segments 
  • Behaviour management techniques
  • Book reviews
  • Current research 
  • and much more! 

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