I AM MY CHILD’S FOUNDATION
April Lisbon, CEO/Founder of Autism Families Rock!
Born in New York but raised on the beautiful island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, April J. Lisbon, Ed.D. has worked tirelessly to advocate for the needs of children. Her passion for children began when she was a teenager working at a local orphanage, which then led to her initial journey as an educator at The Florida State University. Dr. Lisbon is an active public education school psychologist and mentor to new teachers.
Over her 18-year tenure as a school psychologist and parent, Dr. Lisbon has learned that it is challenging raising children with exceptional needs. With limited school and community resources, many parents often feel like they are fighting an uphill battle with no end in sight. This in turn leads to unwarranted frustration, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and eventually burnout. Dr. Lisbon actively seeks to break the “super parent” stigma as parents of children with exceptional needs try to ‘prove’ to neurotypical parents that their children are just as creative and gifted as children who do not have disabilities. She also creates valuable resources to help high functioning autism mothers successfully help their children navigate the upper primary elementary to middle school years.
It is out of her passion for families that Dr. Lisbon has embarked on a journey to help families and caregivers relieve fears associated with caring for children with exceptional needs. Dr. April J. Lisbon is a family coach and empowerment speaker who helps motivate and equip families of children with exceptional needs with knowledge on how to purposefully develop and practice self-care skills while passionately living a healthier lifestyle in their careers, relationships, and health/wellness. She has authored three books, “Stretched Thin: Finding Balance Working and Parenting Children with Special Needs”, “Autism in April: A Mother’s Journey During the Tween Years”, and most recently “Unmasking the Trauma: School Bullying & Children with Special Needs”. Each book is a reflection of her own lived experiences raising a child with exceptional needs.
On her life’s journey, Dr. Lisbon recognizes that the experiences and gifts she possesses does not belong to her. She understands that her blessings are a direct connection to the Most High/Divine/Universe. Dr. Lisbon’s vision is to one day inspire one (1) million families to discover that not only do they have the power to make a difference in their children’s lives but other families raising children with exceptional needs.
This book can be purchased at AMAZON and catch April at this following event!
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