My name is Daria and I live in Halton Hills near Toronto, Canada. I created affectautism.com to help parents navigate a respectful, empowering, relationship-based approach to autism. A decade ago when our son was 28 months old, he had seizures and severe brain inflammation that landed us in the hospital for over 3 months. His autism diagnosis followed shortly after and it took me a few years to settle into a new normal. And then I found the Grief Recovery Method. I hadn't realized I had so much unprocessed grief around what happened to my son. GRM was so powerful that I immediately trained to provide this service to others.
A journey parenting a child with disabilities is filled with extremes. I experience more intense ups and downs. While I celebrate my child's growth and achievements, I can also easily get discouraged by the challenges my child has that others don't face. Especially at the beginning, I grieved the child we thought we would have every time I saw other children who were at a place where our child was not. It can be a challenge to accept the child we have in front of us and be the best, supportive and loving parent we can be. Grief Recovery Method helped me move forward and get to the place where I can be the energetic, encouraging, and available parent that my child needs to thrive. Let me help you get to that place, whatever your journey of emotional loss.