Episode 7- Listen and Learn

The Victorian College for the Deaf is Australia’s leading education school for children who are deaf. Principle Marg Tope chats with hosts Dr Lisa Interligi and Kristine Christopoulos about being the experts in teaching young deaf people in Auslan and English, and innovative hubs to provide work readiness skills. Marg also has some important advice for parents in creating life options for their children.

Episode 6- Dancing to Work

Hosts Dr Lisa Interligi and Kristine Christopoulos chat to Sue and Tonia from the Inclusion Foundation, a dual purpose organisation providing opportunities for young people with Down’s Syndrome to dance and to work. Inclusion Foundation was established by mom Cate Sayers after her 6 year old daughter was excluded from joining a dance class.

Episode 5- Silver Screen

Hosts Dr Lisa Interligi and Kristine Christopoulos chat to Ryan Goodwin about the Focus on Ability film festival. In its 14th year, and with films from all parts on the world, entries are 5 minutes long and feature a disability theme. Ryan, Creative Director, talks about the festival’s role in building inclusion, reducing bullying and providing a resource for parents.

Episode 4- A Home for Life

Hosts Dr Lisa Interligi and Kristine Christopoulos chat to James Loveday from Empowered Liveability about Special Disability Accomodation (SDAs), transition planning that parents can do to prepare for their children’s future living arrangements, and the value in engaging people with similar disabilities in planning.

Episode 3- Exercising Love

Tommy Trout is rare gem promoting true inclusivity. Another entrepreneur who has taken, love and his family circumstance to positively impact the lives of people with a disability. Lisa and Kristine talk to Tommy about how his fitness company – We Flex – is making difference to people to disabilities aged 7 years and up. Boxing, yoga, Zumba, PT, gym – whatever it takes to be active, healthy and much more.

Episode 2- For Our Children- Parents On NDIS

The recently elected Australian Government campaigned on a collaboration with people with a disability to review effectiveness of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This forum discusses the views on NDIS from the special position of parents and their role as first line carers.

About

Raising a child with a developmental delay or a disability, you can feel overwhelmed or lost about how and where to get help. Podcast hosts Dr Lisa Interligi and Kristine Christopoulos share their personal journeys and the power of their parent network in raising their sons with additional needs. With special guests, they explore a range of topics relevant from birth to young adults to answer questions and share tips to create a podcast community of support for other parents and carers.
Dr lisa interligi

Dr. Lisa Interligi

Founder of Loop Me In, Lisa is mother of two adult sons, one of whom- Louis, has autism.

Lisa has been able to balance her career as an executive and psychologist with the support of her family, and community of mothers and carers.

She says that at periods in Louis’ life when she was at her wits end, someone stepped forward with advice, information or support that helped her and her family through the challenging times.

Lisa believes that raising children takes a village and wants Loop Me In to become that understanding and supportive village for fellow parents and carers of young people with disabilities.

Kris Christopoulos

Kristine Christopoulos

Kristine is a mother of three children. When son Mathew was 2 years old it was discovered that he had a disability but the exact diagnosis was unknown. At this time Kristine and her husband were advised by doctors to raise Mathew with lots of love, happiness and resilience, advice which they have lived by.

Mathew, now 21, is a happy and social young man who loves his friends and works part time at his family’s seafood business.

Recently, Mathew received a diagnosis of Malan Syndrome. Whilst this diagnosis has helped Mathew’s family to understand the implications of his rare condition, it was really the support of family and friends to give Kristine the strength and knowledge to get him to where he is today.

Today, Kristine provides support to other parents of children with Malan Syndrome and aims to share her knowledge and experience through Loop Me In to support the broader parent and carer community.

Most Recent Episodes

Season 3

Season 3

Episode 3- Exercising Love

Tommy Trout is rare gem promoting true inclusivity. Another entrepreneur who has taken, love and his family circumstance to positively impact the lives of people with a disability. Lisa and Kristine talk to Tommy about how his fitness company – We Flex – is making difference to people to disabilities aged 7 years and up. Boxing, yoga, Zumba, PT, gym – whatever it takes to be active, healthy and much more.

Season 3

Episode 2- For Our Children- Parents On NDIS

The recently elected Australian Government campaigned on a collaboration with people with a disability to review effectiveness of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This forum discusses the views on NDIS from the special position of parents and their role as first line carers.

Season 3

Episode 1- Accessible Fashion

Hosts Dr Lisa Interligi and Kristine Christopoulos kick off Season 3 with another pair of entrepreneurs. Occupational Therapists Emma and Molly founded accessible fashion label Jam The Label which designs for the needs of young people with disabilities and the fashion conscious, recently showing at Australian Fashion Week.

Season 2

Season 2

Episode 7- Little Steps into Giant Steps

Andy chats to Dr Lisa Interligi and Kristine Christopoulos about the community philosophy of Giant Steps school and college. Based on a successful model from Montreal Canada, Giant Steps in Australia educates and develops children and young adults with high needs autism.

Season 2

Episode 6- The Amazing Jasons

Paralympian swimmer Braedan Jason returns with brother Nathan, also legally blind and an elite athlete to chat with each other about the importance of failing, having a go and playing Fortnite with no sight.

Season 1

Season 1

Episode 8- The ABCs of Intervention

Hosts Dr Lisa Interligi and Kristine Christopoulos chat with educational and developmental psychologist Pam Langford about intensive early intervention and behavioural therapies.

Season 1

Episode 7- Speak Up and Advocate

Hosts Dr Lisa Interligi and Kristine Christopoulos chat with Bianca and Kelsey from the Youth Disability Advocacy Service on the rights of young people with a disability, the importance of speaking up and advocating to protect their human rights.