Launch day is today.
I cannot believe it is finally here – the official launch of the new SPD Blogger Network group blog! On this momentous occasion – that I just *know* we will be celebrating annually from now on – I want to share my vision with you.
My vision for the SPDBN website is to fill it with stories that tell of our own experiences: The good, the bad and the ugly (plus also some of the awesome!) and share them with everyone.
Let’s start with the stories.
When we tell our stories, those experiences are what people connect to. They read a post and think, “Oh, I am not alone!” or “Wow! I had no idea other kids did that!” That is a powerful thing. It moves parents from feeling alone and isolated to feeling like they are part of something special.
And who’s going to write these stories?
The short answer is all of us. I hope to see many writers here – and not just posting once – but posting as often as they can! We are more powerful as a group.
And I am trying to reach everyone with these posts.
I want to reach those writers that are already blogging about SPD and help them reach more people. I want to reach those who have never written a post in their life, but have something to say. I want to reach those parents who are trying to Google their way to understanding, and give them solid, accurate, practical information about Sensory Processing Disorder. And I want to reach parents and teachers everywhere who don’t know what SPD is, those who haven’t read anything, and are struggling to understand children in their community, or in their classroom or in their family.
This site is for everyone.
And it wouldn’t have been possible without some very special someones.
I have to tell you that when I envisioned this blog, and was trying to figure out how I would fund it, I started by adding up exactly what it would cost to build the site, then I divided it by six. Armed with that number, I emailed a dozen or so companies that I had worked with before, and asked for their help. I needed 6 sponsors, or the site wouldn’t be built.
And you know what? Nine of them came back and said YES within one day. One day!
Nine companies who are dedicated to helping kids and families with sensory issues. Passionate people. Real people. All agreed to help build this site for you. For us.
Who are these amazing companies? Well, some of them you may have heard of, and some you may not have, but I encourage you to click on those little icons there on the right (neither the SPDBN nor myself receive any kind of compensation other than the initial advertising fee when you click on the logos) and check them out. These people are truly passionate about what they do, and it shows in the quality of what they are doing.
Fun and Function – Founded by OT and sensory-mom Aviva Weiss, this is a great an innovative company that provides therapy toys that are fun and affordable!
Soft Clothing – at the forefront of sensory-support, awareness and of course, fashion, Soft is run by Jessica Ralli, a special education teacher who recognized the need for sensory friendly clothing.
Erik Linthorst – a true dad-warrior who documented his family’s journey with SPD, diagnosis and treatment, in the film Autistic Like: Graham’s Story. I MUST watch for all sensational families!
SI Focus – the world’s only dedicated sensory magazine has gone all digital! Articles from experts and parents, both practical and inspirational, this magazine is a page turner from beginning to end.
LifeSpeaks Poetry Therapy – run by sensational SPD mom Jennie Linthorst, who offers an opportunity for moms to understand their journey through poetry in a safe and therapeutic environment through classes online.
Integrated Listening Systems – this cutting-edge technology that marries the benefits of listening therapy with vestibular stimulation delivered through a ‘bone conductor’ in the earphones, offers an opportunity to help kids with sensory, attention, motor and speech issues.
My Tiny Planets – this terrific and educational website for kids has us laughing along with Bing and Bong on a space adventure. Safe computer time for kids (and parents!).
Your Therapy Source – a terrific online resource for school based therapy and special needs publications for professional, home and school use.
Chewlery - a small chewable necklace and fidget for kids who need to keep their hands busy. For all of you who have kids that chew their clothes, this is a great solution!
Such a great group and I am so pleased to have them as inaugural sponsors of the SPDBN! Thank you!
I am also proud to say that I have had some great SPD moms volunteer to help get us to launch day too.
Lindsay – a big THANK YOU for Facebooking!
Brandi – a big THANK YOU for your Twittering!
Y’vonne – a big THANK YOU for your writing/editing!
Alysia – a big THANK YOU for doing all of the above!
Alysia Butler, of Try Defying Gravity, will be editing posts with me. She is also the creative force behind the newsletter which will be out monthly – with the first issue this coming Friday! The newsletter will boast a recap of the month’s most popular posts, as well as a “SPD Blogger of the Month” interview, conference notices, writing prompts, giveaway sneak peeks and much more. Please sign up to receive it (see it there under the octopus?)!
So as you can see I have already had some amazing support bringing this website to launch – but I still need YOU to make it complete!
The more people who join – the more stories we tell – the further SPD awareness travels. And by leaving comments, and sharing these posts with others, that awareness can spread even further. But it will take all of us.
Please share the new SPDBN with your followers, ‘fans’, friends and family. Talk about it. Email about it. Blog about it. Post about it. Tweet about it. Spread the word.
The SPDBN has officially launched!
The SPD Blogger Network
Sensational Chaos. Sensational Joys. Sensational Lives.
What story will you tell?