Respite: Take a Break to Recharge

Respite: Take a Break to Recharge

Colleen Brosnan

Balancing the needs of your children, spouse and extended family is challenging no matter your family’s situation. As a parent of three elementary school-aged children, two of which are on the autism spectrum, Colleen is on the front lines of this struggle – a struggle that is made more intense because of her children’s special needs. She believes that her wonderful family and friends have made this interesting journey far easier. In addition to writing, Colleen is active in her elementary school’s PTA executive board with her role as SEPTA (Special Education PTA) representative for the school. She helped initiate a pilot program which included support for special needs children in after school PTA-sponsored enrichment activities. Her faith is also important to her and she is part of a committee in her church which helps facilitate the inclusion of special needs children and their families within St Pius X’s parish life. She also plays an active role in The Kennedy Center’s Autism Project’s major fundraiser, Magic Moments. She is currently working on a book which will help guide parents of special needs children, particularly those on the autism spectrum, during the first year after diagnosis. An avid reader and gardener, Colleen lives with her husband Chris and their three children in Connecticut.

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