My Guide To Authenticity – Children’s Self-Advocacy Planner

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A beautifully designed, full colour children’s Self-Advocacy planner, designed to encourage and support our young children on their journey to Authenticity. To make the most out of your planner see our detailed description below.

Full Specification:

Full Colour
88 Internal Pages of 120GSM
Ring Binder
Hard Backed


The Nurture Programme Children’s Advocacy Planners are designed to guide our children in their Authenticity journey, finding their voice and beginning to self-advocate, without the need for verbal communication. We often find ourselves as parents/ carers advocating for our children and feeling frustrated and unheard. It is time to give them a voice, and encourage the Autonomy of advocating for themselves without fear of repercussions. 

This Is Me – My Guide To Authenticity gives our disabled children their voice and the right to be heard in any environment they may be in, whether that be school, holiday clubs, hospitals, or at a relatives. This is all about them, by them.

No “Mum reports” or “Mum says”, no “We haven’t seen this so can’t support it” and no more “They didn’t tell us that” because with this handy planner your child can share what they need to, to whom they need to and whenever they need to. With the support and encouragement of adults around them they can begin their journey to become Authentic and drop their masks. Enabling them to become less overwhelmed in environments by having their very real needs met via their own self-advocacy.

Each individual section comprises of the following features:

Child Profile Page

A personal profile page specifically designed for our children to list all of the wonderful characteristics that they like about themselves, this can be REALLY tricky for some kids, because they have such low self esteem already, but with encouragement and love-bombing we can help them see how amazing they are, how their brains may work differently but once we find the right way to manage this, it can be wonderfully liberating to indulge in our own uniqueness.


In this section children can  detail the things that they need help with and the things that can be done to help, so that when they are in an unfamiliar or an anxiety inducing environment they are able to easily show an adult what they need, and how. Our children are all at risk of false inclusion, where many establishments see differences such as being Autistic as a one-size fits all and will have a box of “autism friendly” sensory tools, games and ideas. This is not inclusion and serves no purpose to our development. We all need individual supports and this is how our children can advocate for them.


We have also incorporated an undated weekly tracker so that our children can record when they have had a “Good”, “Okay” or a  “Not Good” day. This will help us as parents and professionals to see when things are going right or wrong in real time so that it can be easily fixed.

Pre-Doodled Doodle Pages 

Our doodle pages for kids have been designed to inspire positive neurodivergent identities, with words such as creativity, honesty, talented, nurture, determined, we can help nurture their self acceptance and self-love.

Notes Section 

What good is a planner without a notes section? Your child can allow their creativity to take over, writing short stories, keeping a diary, making lists or just using these pages to keep general notes or their own doodles.

My Guide To Nurture 

This is where the Self-Advocacy really begins, our disabled children may not be confident in using this section to begin with, but self-advocacy is a learning journey and by modelling, and having plenty of opportunities to reflect on the particular sections in the planner they will get the hang of it in no time.

A Perfect World 

A chance for our young people to describe or draw what they perfect world would look like. If “world” is too broad this can be narrowed down to things like, home, school, meals, etc. A really good way to get to know the in’s and out’s of what our kids really want.

My Drawings

A section for our kids to draw whatever takes their fancy. We all know that their favorite animal may change from one week to the next, that is why we have given you multiples of this page, Although, you may find your child has one favorite animal for life, in which case you will have unpteen illustrations of a Sea Pig!



We provide shipping all around the world. Your shipping costs are calculated at checkout based on your location. All orders will be shipped within 3-5 working days if purchased on a weekday.


All planners are printed to order, therefore we can only accept returns & refunds if the product is faulty or lost in transit. If this is the case please contact us directly.

4 reviews for My Guide To Authenticity – Children’s Self-Advocacy Planner

  1. Rosie (verified owner)

    The fact that this journal belongs to my daughter and doesn’t ‘tell’ her anything about herself or what she needs (though it has helpful prompts) seems to have been a really gentle but effective way to cement the notion of self-advocacy with my 8 year old and foster self awareness. After a school meltdown today, for the first time, my daughter referred to herself as having had a PDA reaction, which feel like a huge positive step. I’m trying not to monitor use too closely but so far I can see what my daughter is returning to the tracker pages, personalising blank spaces and claiming ownership of this space for reflection. Personally, I love that this journal is designed based on lived experience, rather than just professional.

  2. Emma Dalmayne

    This little book is extremely helpful and has already made a huge difference, simply brilliant.

  3. Maureen Clark (verified owner)

    I got the This is me book for my 22 year old daughter. I need to help her communicate her needs and wants. I will collaborate with her to fill out book. A VERY useful tool for her caregivers. I’m so blessed to have it.

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Week 3: Worrier to Warrior

In this final session, we will help you and those you support to find ways to reframe negative thoughts so that it is possible to “think better and feel better.”  We will also cover practical strategies to help you manage your anxious self, keep calm and turn you from a worrier, to a warrior, ready to battle everything that life throws at you.

Guide Three: I'm Giving Up

Making sure that consistency is key, as our young people will not learn to trust us if we do not show them we are trustworthy. So making sure that when we start this process, we are committed to making it as successful as we possibly can.

Gaining trust, and keeping it is extremely important, however we all make mistakes, we will get triggered at some point, it is how we manage those mistakes that count. We are so used to being judged for our parenting choices, that throughout this session you be inspired to take back control of who you are, and give you the confidence to shut out the negative and leave more room for the positive.

Week 2: Nurturing Advocacy Confidence

The aim of this session is to break down attendees’ advocacy skills, then rebuild them so that facts and controlled emotions are used successfully.

Laura and Jodie share their experiences of advocating for their children – both good and bad and demonstrate how to use assertiveness skills effectively and remove emotive language.

They also share their “Top Tips” before, during and after transitions to ensure that all objectives are achieved.  

Week 3: Reasonable Adjustments

The pathway of SEN / EHCP’s / Reasonable adjustments and so forth can be a scary and bewildering place. But knowledge is POWER and this session aims to provide members with this power. 

Attendees will be given clear information and knowledge so they will be able to navigate these pathways armed with confidence. This will include basic law and children’s rights including ideas about what reasonable adjustments vs unreasonable adjustments are. We give examples of our own reasonable adjustments, how to ensure these adjustments are put in place and ideas on how to approach the professionals in your children’s lives to ensure that their needs are met. 

Members will also be equipped with ideas for “reasonable adjustments” versus “unreasonable adjustments”. A guest expert speaker – Karen Stepanova – SEN Consultant is arranged for this week who will give her very own presentations on the basics of SEN Law.

Week 4: Mental Health

In this session we look at how Imposter Syndrome can cause people to doubt their abilities.

The toll of advocating for children with additional needs can be detrimental to a parent or carer’s health. Our aim is to build up confidence and restore the mental health of parents or carers so that they have the inner strength to fight as hard as they can for their children.

This week focuses on changing negative thoughts to positive ones and helps restore the mental health of attendees. Jodie and Laura provide ‘Top Tips’ to staying mentally well during tricky times.  

Week 5: No-one can help me

What can I do? By week 5 we hope that all attendees will feel more confident, less stressed and have the skills and facts that they need to successfully advocate for their children. But we know that sometimes this is not enough.

The system can be fraught with challenges, and no matter how skilled you are, it can feel like your journey keeps being taken off track. In this session, an expert speaker will join to give fantastic advice on where to turn next when you feel you have exhausted all avenues. Practical advice regarding matters such as benefits, grants and additional sources of advice is also given, leaving the attendees feeling well equipped in their journey ahead.  

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The Autism Nurture Programme

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Guide Two - Trust Your Gut

Guide Two: Trusting your instincts is a vital part of the process for RADICAL (UN)Parenting and we will discuss the many experiences of the facilitator and the learners where this has either proven to be true when listened to or when you wish you would have listened and acted on that gut feeling.

Briefly discussing methods of communication for the neurodivergent person and how important it is to study our young people intently so that we can begin to talk their language.  This session guides you back to your most confident, enabling those advocacy skills to flourish once more and encouraging you to always trust your gut.

Week 1: Understanding Your Anxious Self

In this first session, Laura and Jodie gently introduce what anxiety can look and feel like with a real and tangible understanding that all participants come from a variety of experiences. Together, we will look at the impact anxiety can have on how we behave and interact with different people as well as the internal struggles it can bring.  By offering an invitation to reflect on and recognise our own anxiety and the negative internal voices that drive it, they begin to consider ways to quieten those voices and fears both for ourselves and those we wish to support. 

Radical Guide Four: F*ck That Sh*t

Tuning out all the negative interference from around you will be crucial to enhancing your progression through this change, and this is something that will be difficult for a lot of families particularly when people are not yet ready to accept the RADICAL approach. Ditching the negative impacts on your parenting so that you can be free to be you. No shame. No judgment, just unapologetically you!

Join us whilst together we chant:   

F*ck That Sh*t

Guide Five: RADICAL CONNECTION - Neuroparenting with Kristy Forbes & Jodie Isitt

Kristy and Jodie have worked together for a number of years and are completely aligned in their parenting, and in fact all round beliefs. Creating neuro-inclusive spaces, using neuro-affirmative approaches as standard. 

Week 1: Introduction to ASC

We will explore the many aspects of being autistic or having an autistic family member. Jodie will share her road to diagnosis for her three children and finally herself and her own diagnosis in 2020 at 35 years of age.  This first week will lay the foundations for the rest of the Five week programme. 

Week 2: Differences I May Experience

Focussing on the saying, “When you have met one autistic person you have met one autistic person” we will take a deeper dive into the way that autism effects everyone individually.  During this session we will look at sensory needs in more detail and provide some ideas to help keep autistic children more regulated.

Week 3: Advocating For My Autistic Child

Laura and Jodie feel that “small changes make a big difference” for autistic individuals – and during this session we will discuss helpful tips for parents and reasonable adjustments for schools and colleges. 

In this session you will also be able to ask us questions relevant to this topic and we will signpost you to other helpful organisations and sources of information related to Autism. 

Week 4: Sibling Support

There is no doubt that an autism diagnosis can affect the whole family.  In this fourth session we will explore the impact autism can have on families and siblings.

We will discuss lots of helpful approaches to help you support your whole family and explore the positive aspects of an autism diagnosis.  We will also discuss how to support siblings of autistic individuals using empathy and understanding whilst also covering the importance of looking after your own mental health as parents.

Week 5: The Autistic Experience

Chloe, Jodie and Laura will discuss the medical model of autism and some of the theories of autism which are now proven to be out-dated and detrimental to autistic individuals.

Chloe will talk using her personal insight as an autistic adult, will discuss effective ways to support the mental well-being of autistic individuals and answer questions from attendees.

Week 2: Nurturing Anxious Minds

Whilst it is true that many children suffer from anxiety at any one time, those who are neurodivergent (ie are autistic, with or without PDA; have ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia etc) are more likely to have anxiety to varying degrees as part of their experience.  In this session, the anxiety experienced by any child is approached with understanding and acceptance and is jam-packed with practical ways to support children in a positive and nurturing way.

The RADICAL Parenting Programme

Many neurodivergent families are living by the textbook and this puts them at a disadvantage of struggling to live using outdated and debunked methods of parenting.

This programme encourages learners to reflect on what could have been better during their own childhood, to begin reframing that into their own unique, instinctive parenting style, allowing autonomy, creating trust, which in turn will allow trusting bonds to flourish leading to the three most important aspects of development, growth and independence, Autonomy, Authenticity and Consent.