Special Needs Parenting – Joy Guidance

My passion is helping others reconnect to their joy so that together we can light up the world.

Meet Pat Donovan- Joy Guide and Special Needs Mom

As the mom of a child with special needs I recognize that many of us go through similar experiences. It can be really difficult sometimes and most of the parenting support out there isn’t focused on children with special needs. Over the years I’ve been able to rediscover and reclaim my joy and I’d love to help you do the same.

Four years ago I was stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed. I remember how anxious and worried I was when we were going to multiple therapies and trying to do everything possible to give our son the best chance to succeed. I remember feeling like if I didn’t “Get it Right” I was going to ruin everything for him. I worried about his future and I was angry at myself for not getting him diagnosed sooner. I recognize that I’m not alone in these thoughts.

These days I still find myself on that old worn path sometimes, but I’m much better about stepping off it and blazing a new trail. Life coaching has helped me immensely in these situations.  I’ve learned ways to thrive as a person and it’s made me a better parent.

  • Re-connecting to what brings me joy
  • Celebrating my son’s strengths instead of focusing on his challenges
  • Making time (and taking time) to be creative
  • Dissolving negative thinking and replacing it with positive thinking
  • Focusing on the present and releasing “future tripping”

I offer coaching that focuses specifically on the challenges of being a parent to a child with special needs.  With nearly  30 years of experience in the field of early childhood/special education I’m familiar with a lot of the services that are out there and how to access them. But being a special needs mom has made me even better prepared to help other parents who are going through what I went through. I don’t want anyone to feel the level of stress and isolation that I’ve felt. You’re not alone!

Through one to one coaching I will guide you to rediscover, reconnect and reclaim your joy.  We will examine the circumstances and thoughts that are causing you pain and find new ways of looking at those thoughts and circumstances.  I will help you to identify and dissolve what may be blocking your joy. And together we will find what lights you up and include it in your every day life.   

My rates are reasonable and I’m willing to work with you on a sliding scale if one more cost means the difference between getting the support you need or not.  My first session is always complimentary. I coach primarily over the phone but I also meet in person with parents who are in the Miami area.

Schedule your first session on my Work With Me page.

I look forward to our journey together!


I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.~ Muriel Strode, 1903,


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