I am Lisa Donaghy, a mom to two wonderful boys who have brought more love, challenge and growth into my life than I ever could have imagined. Parenting has been the main focus of my life for the past 9 years with the additional challenges of having a child on the Autism Spectrum. This has been by far the hardest and most rewarding part of my life and it has pushed me to become a more informed and mindful person. We have been an RDI family since 2013 and RDI has taught us the power of connection. Mindfully connecting in our relationships is the pathway to developing the neural connections in our children allow us, as parents, to raise thinkers. Autism is a very complex disorder but RDI has empowered me to understand my child’s complex needs and become a responsive parent instead of a reactive parent.
Prior to motherhood I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and an extended minor in Psychology. I have worked for over 15 years in healthcare systems performing project management and business analysis work. My analysis and requirements gathering background has been a great asset to my RDI work which requires strong analysis to understand the needs of children and their families to create a custom program. My business skills support my work in providing professional services that maintain focus on our goal to transfer knowledge and empowerment to parents so that they can once more be the captains of their own ship and not have to feel reliant on outside support. I will keep our attention on the task of raising a thinker in your child so that they can feel their own agency in their life and become growth seeking and resilient.
I am so thankful that my life has given me a path to meaningful work which strengthens families and supports them to thrive in the face of the challenges of autism. I see my work as guiding relationship connections which are the building blocks to resiliency, flexibility, and growth. Our minds, bodies and souls grow best when we are in connection with others. Together we can work to reach a new level of understanding of your child and deepen your connection; improving quality of life for your child and your family.