Sally Thibault Speaker, Author, EFT Practitioner, Dip. Prof. Counselling, ADAPEF
In 1979 Sally commenced her career as a Fitness instructor in Canada, a career she enjoyed for over 15 years. During that time she developed Aerobic Instructor Training courses, training over 400 aerobics instructors; hosted Canada’s first Cable TV fitness show; and facilitated the world’s largest indoor aerobic class 2,000 participants (Edmonton Canada 1982).
After returning to Australia with her husband, Sally developed seminars and keynote presentations on The Art of Losing Weight Permanently and Surviving Stress.
In 1997 her then 12 year old son David was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The subsequent challenges and difficulties required a change in direction for her, and for the family.
In 2000, Sally commenced a new career as the Director of Community Relations for a Queensland Independent school, a position she held for ten years. During that time, she served as the Vice President of ADAPE Queensland (Association of Development Professionals in Education) from 2004 till 2008 and presented at three ADAPE International Conferences on the topics of Educational Marketing.
In April 2010 Sally released her first book: David’s Gift, the inspirational true story about how she changed from wishing to make her son ‘normal’, to recognising his unique difference and personality and in doing so enabled him to take his first steps towards a less fearful, more connected life. Today David is a 28 year old University graduate, a world traveller and in a loving relationship. The story offers hope, inspiration and insight into how to overcome the challenges of aspergers and autism for those living with the diagnosis.
In February 2013, recognising the challenges that schools face in helping children living on the autism spectrum deal with bullying, she wrote Asperger’s Bullying and Schools – Helping your ASD child develop Bully-Resilience at School and for Life!, and created an 18 part video series for parents and teachers to help at any stage of an ASD child’s life. Dealing with topics such
- How Schools and Parents can work together to create a collaborative partnership to provide support,
- How to teach children living with Aspergers to understand the impact of their emotions and through that help them to develop their intuition skills so they can recognise potentially dangerous situations, and begin to learn how friendships should feel.
- How to release the pain of Bullying with Tapping
More recently, she was introduced to the power of Emotional Freedom Technique – Tapping – often called Emotional Acupuncture, Tapping is a scientifically proven method of helping to reduce the impact of emotional stress and trauma. Currently undergoing the rigorous EFT Certification process, Sally has developed two programs to assist people to use this simple, effective technique. She works with parents raising children living with Aspergers and Autism to teach their children how to use Tapping to reduce stress, anxiety and the pain of Bullying. She has also developed the ‘Money Signature’ program to assist business owners to recognise and release the blocks that hold them back from creating a successful business.
Recognising the need for mothers in particular to feel supported and gatn strength in their role of raising a child living with Asperger’s and Autism, Sally created a 6-week On-line program Life Beyond Judgements, helping mothers discover their energy, joy and strength in the role of parenting these extraordinary children.
Sally has been featured on National TV – Channel 9’s Today Show, Network 10’s The Circle; on Radio Stations ABC Gold Coast, Launceston and Central Coast, Radio Stations 96.7 and 91.7 Sunshine Coast and in print; The Courier Mail, The Gold Coast Bulletin and The Gold Coast Sun. As well as a regular guest writer for online blogs and magazines. She is currently the Parenting Expert on Brisbane’s 96.5FM and Queensland Cancer Council’s Live Well Be Well Radio Show
Sally is a guest lecturer at the University of South East Queensland, research partner with The Centre for Autism Studies at Bond University Queensland and presents regularly at conferences and professional development days for Educators. She also runs regular seminars– Food, Family & Life on the Spectrum, for parents and teachers.
Sally holds a Diploma of Professional Counselling and is a fellow of the Association of Development Professionals in Education.
Sally and her husband Gerry have been married over 30 years and are the proud parents of three adult children; David and his two sisters. Sally and Gerry live on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.
Sally can be contacted via
LinkedIn: Sally Thibault