Founder of Homebase Hope
Hi, I’m Rhiannon Crispe. I’m an occupational therapist, personal trainer and GAPS practitioner based in Australia. I have a deep curiosity about using a ‘whole child’ approach when working with children on the spectrum.
I have worked with children with autism at special education schools, mainstream schools, childcare centres and my own private therapy practice at locations across Australia.
I have also had the privilege to work alongside some absolutely inspirational parents who have unintentionally captured my heart. In the early stages of diagnosis and even further along the autism journey, it is a common thread that parents ask me, “what can I do to help my child at home?” And so this question lead me on a journey. As a mother myself, I felt completely connected and compelled to empowering parents to make a difference in their child’s life and give them the tools to inspire growth and healthy habits at home. And so, Homebase Hope was born.
The deeper I delved into the world of autism, through research and through hands on experience, the more I realised I had to unlearn what I had learnt. I was lead to believe that autism is a lifelong, hardwired and fixed condition. But what I discovered was the opposite. Every child, has the potential to learn, grow and blossom, regardless of the diagnostic box they have been placed inside. A child’s diagnosis does not define them and it should not place limits on what we believe is possible for them to achieve. There is hope. There is always hope.
I look at autism from all different angles and believe we need to be more tolerant of different perspectives. My focus is on empowering you to help your child – because it’s your hands-on, proactive approach that is the guiding force which drives progress and moves your child forward.
My deep love and passion for health and fitness also meant that I could not ignore a parent’s state of wellbeing. I found that all too often parents had difficulty implementing strategies because they didn’t have the tolerance, lacked the energy or were too stressed to handle the daily situations. So, I show you how to look after yourself on this journey and empower you to embrace every new day.
No one has all of the answers to the complex neurodevelopmental conditions we see today. I encourage you to open your mind, let go of assumptions, question everything, let the diagnosis be an invitation to assess the family diet and lifestyle and above all believe that YOU can make a difference!
We all travel a different road,
but we all desire the same destination:
a safe, healthy & vibrant home base.
With a heart full of love & hope,