Lori DeMonia – SpecialMoms Parenting Magazine Interview

I met Lori a few years ago through social media and I am so impressed with all the wonderful things she is doing in the special needs community.  Please let me take this time to introduce you to her:

Tell Us A Little About Yourself:

I grew up in the Cleveland area, and graduated from Cleveland State University. I now live in the Philadelphia area with my husband and two daughters. I’ve worked 7 years in behavioral health with children who have developmental or learning delays. I currently work in a school for grades 3 – 6 as a one-on-one for behavioral intervention and support. I have a 14 year old daughter with ASD, who, along with her sister, was the inspiration behind both my books.  Lori Demonia daughter

Company or Blog Name: Our website is www.AutismKidsBooks.com

What would you like our readers to know about your business/blog and why you started it?

I’ve always wanted to write children’s books, and actually wrote my first book before having my daughters. A few years ago, when I started to pursue having it published, I was contacted by the publisher and asked to write a different book, that was only an idea at the time, that had a character with autism. That’s when the inspiration for Leah’s  Lori_cover-2Voice came about. I was very happy that I took her advice and wrote a book that would help children understand their peers with autism and show them acceptance.

Does your business/blog help other parents or children? Please explain.

My books help children understand those with autism, and sensory processing disorder. Leah’s Voice is also included on the Sibling Support Project’s reading list, as it helps siblings too. They also help parents explain to their children about why their sibling might react or behave in a way they don’t understand. The books, when used by teachers, help bring about a discussion to understand their peers with autism or sensory difficulties. When children have an understanding, then they can show acceptance, and that is so important to me. Everyone should have a sense of belonging, and be accepted for who they are.

What advice can you offer to other mothers who are looking to start a business/blog but are nervous to jumping in?

If you’re passionate about something, don’t be hesitant to take that first step. Especially when you have an important message to share with others.

What support do you receive to help you manage both family and work obligations? Does your family help you with your business?

My husband designed our website, and helps do any updates. My family has been very supportive emotionally, keeping me feeling positive about what I’m doing. Also when I received the Temple Grandin Literary award from the Autism Society in 2014, my sister, Lynn, flew to Indianapolis with me to attend the awards ceremony at their annual conference.

Are there any resources (websites or books) that you would like to share with our readers that helped you in your journey to becoming a mompreneur, about “finding balance between work and family?”

Many years ago, while still in college, I read the book, On a Clear Day You Can See Yourself , that helped me think more positively about myself. It helped me understand that having a healthy self-esteem is the foundation for happiness regardless of what you choose to do, and was very helpful advice.

Where do you see your business/blog 5 years from now?

Right now I’m still getting started with promoting my second book and sensory processing disorder awareness, but hopefully in 5 years would like to do presentations at schools. I also have been talking with the education outreach department at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia to adapt the book, Leah’s Voice, into a live performance for children. That would be very rewarding to see autism awareness brought to schools in that way.

If you can provide our readers one motivational quote that has stuck with you, what would that be?

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece”

Please tell us how to find you online:

Company Website: http://autismkidsbooks.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/Leahsvoice

Twitter: @LoriDeMonia


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