Born in New York but raised on the beautiful island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, April J. Lisbon, Ed.D. has worked tirelessly to advocate for the needs of children. Her passion for children began when she was a teenager working at a local orphanage, which then led to her initial journey as an educator at The Florida State University. It is out of her passion for families that Dr. Lisbon has embarked on a journey to help families and caregivers relieve fears associated with caring for children with differential abilities.
Dr. Lisbon is no stranger to supporting families of children with unique learning and behavioral needs. Over her 19 year tenure as a school psychologist and parent, Dr. Lisbon has learned that it is challenging raising children with exceptional needs. With limited school and community resources, many parents often feel like they are fighting an uphill battle with no end in sight. This in turn leads to unwarranted frustration, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and eventually burnout. Dr. Lisbon actively seeks to break the “super parent” stigma as parents of children with exceptional needs try to ‘prove’ to neurotypical parents that their children are just as creative and gifted as children who do not have disabilities.
It’s because of her ‘why’ as a parent and tireless advocacy for the needs of children with differential abilities that Dr. Lisbon has dedicated her business towards families of children on the Autism Spectrum. She gets it as this too is her life’s story. Dr. Lisbon is an autism coach strategist and empowerment speaker who helps professional working mothers of children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum learn how to command their time, reduce their stress levels, and improve their financial situation.
Dr. Lisbon has authored three books, “Stretched Thin: Finding Balance Working and Parenting Children with Special Needs”, “Autism in April: A Mother’s Journey During the Tween Years”, and most recently “Unmasking the Trauma: School Bullying & Children with Special Needs”. She has also been featured in the Washington Post, Autism Parenting Magazine, and The TODAY Show Parenting. She also her own podcast show, Embracing Autism with Dr. April. Dr. Lisbon aspires to be an influencer in her community.
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