Caroline 53 runs a business called the Autism Nanny. Through this, she helps families with autistic children. Caroline uses coaching, home visits and online support to help families feel empowered and in control and enable them to parent their autistic child with confidence, knowledge and calm resilience. Caroline’s own daughter Emily was diagnosed with severe autism when she was 2 and a half. In her award acceptance speech, Caroline had the audience enthralled when she shared her belief that having an autistic child in a family is an amazing, wonderful experience from which all can benefit. She explained how she had home-schooled Emily until she was 13 and that now at 17, Emily is thriving at Forest Way Special School) and has plans to go to college in Brighton. This in spite of the fact that Caroline was told when Emily was about three, that she was unlikely to talk, read, write or have any meaningful relationship with anyone.
Caroline explains: ‘I have studied and learned so much from being Emily’s mum, my clients can see real benefits to their family life when they work with me and it’s so satisfying. I did everything I could to learn how to best help Emily and I want to share this to enhance the lives of other families.’
She is also keen to emphasise how Damsels in Success and Director Sandie Peachey have helped her develop the business. ‘I have received lots of support and encouragement from Sandie and Damsels members in the Burton Group and UK wide. I’ve also gained lots of skills and knowledge that I use in my business and to enhance my whole life.’
‘Damsels is a leading transformational network for women,’ comments Sandie who is also an Author and a Coach. ‘We support female entrepreneurs and those women who want to work for themselves. Our mission is to change the way women live and work so that they experience Success With Ease and Success Without The Stress, we hold monthly meetings throughout the UK and offer online support, webinars and an annual conference. Caroline has been a member of my group for three years and it has been an absolute delight to watch her grow and blossom. I’m so pleased that she won this award. I was delighted when I won last year but watching Caroline on stage accepting her award was even more emotional than that! It’s great that the Burton group has continued to shine. I urge all women to come and join us and who knows, perhaps Burton can triumph again next year.’
Additional Information :
Damsels in Success is a personal growth community for women who want more from life. They want the best of everything – the best career, the best friendships, the best love life, the best body, the best health….
They want to know that they are living their best life, but they don’t want the side effects of success either – they don’t want to be stressed, depleted, exhausted, depressed or even sick.
Damsels know life is better, easier and whole lot more fun when they are surrounded by supporters who’ll celebrate and nurture them along the way.
Damsels in Success want to live a different life. A life that is easy. A life that is feminine. A life that is totally fulfilled.
Damsels in Success was founded in Warwick in 2008 and now has groups throughout the UK having trebled in size during the recession.
For more details go to www.damselsinsuccess.co.uk
For more details about the Autism Nanny see: www.theautismnanny.co.uk
Photo by Samjhana Moon: many additional photographs are available if required
To interview Sandie Peachey and/or Caroline Ashby or for further details, please contact Susan Brookes-Morris of Positive Publicity on 07890 051638 or firstname.lastname@example.org