Adoptive Mum to two wonderful children, qualified teacher, experienced trainer and trauma specialist Emma Spillane is passionate about helping adoptive parents, foster carers and special guardians with the challenges that come up for them in their parenting journeys, especially those relating to school and education.

Emma has made guest appearances on several podcasts, including Halcyon Education’s popular ‘Mental Health in Schools’ series, and written chapters sharing her personal story of coming to parenting through adoption for the bestselling book ‘Not The Only One’ (maternal mental health stories, poems and songs compiled by Rachel Mason) and for new book ‘Bounce Back Journey of Parenting’ (published July 2022).

When not studying, working with trauma in some capacity, spending time with friends and family, or simply being mum, Emma enjoys singing and walking the family cockapoo (though rarely at the same time!).

A cover note from Emma:

I've put together an hour-long webinar with many of the things I wish I'd been told early on in my childrens' school journeys. Our children came into our lives aged 3 and 4 and we were very quickly thrust into working with nursery and school settings with very little preparation due to other priorities. Drawing on my experience as a teacher I was able to piece some things together, do some research about specific support available both inside and outside of school, and was relatively confident going into schools and discussing potential challenges and ensuring these were heard; BUT there was still a lot to take in and it was time-consuming at a time we had so many other things to be getting our heads around and while trying to bond with our children.

This webinar was put together with the intention of saving you precious time and energy researching who's who and what's what, and to help you feel better informed about school so that you can have the right conversations with the right people about support for your child from the get-go.

Small fee is to cover production and online hosting costs.

Introductory training for professionals

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The Bounce Back Journey of Parenting is a collection of real life stories of overcoming difficulties as a parent. Available now on Amazon.

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