Source Kids is a magazine and online resource for parents, carers and professionals of children with special needs. Source Kids delivers important information on a range of topics relevant to children with special needs including education, therapy, products and services, technology, communication, health and nutrition, funding, and resources among many others. While the subject matter that we cover can sometimes be emotive and/or confronting, we like to maintain a positive outlook.
The vision of Source Kids is to deliver reliable, relevant and up-to-date information in a vibrant and positive manner for parents, carers and professionals. It aims to provide one source of information that readers can turn to and learn about products, services, funding and resources they would not otherwise have access to.
The majority of the content in Source Kids is written by Source Kids staff and editorial contributors however Source Kids values the contribution of parents, carers and professionals and as such welcomes editorial submissions. Due to the high volume of emails expressing interest in writing for Source Kids received and material submitted, we may not be able to respond unless we are planning to publish your article.
To be considered for publication in Source Kids, your article needs to fit the style and aim of the magazine. To maintain the integrity of the magazine we do not publish advertorial unless it is clearly marked, and editorial submissions will be considered separately to advertising commitments. All submissions are subject to editorial review and final approval and Source Kids reserves the right to edit content prior to publication.
We will publish your article with a short bio including your name, your business name (if applicable) and contact information (email/phone/web). Please send some high-res images in with your article if appropriate.
Have you got a wonderful idea for a story for Source Kids? We would love to hear from you. Please send your article pitch to [email protected] with ‘article pitch’ in the subject box. We will respond to your pitch within two weeks.
Do you work in the special needs realm and would like to share your expert knowledge and experience with our readers?
We are always looking for expert contributors to call on for comment in articles, to write tips or even short articles on specific subjects.
We only publish original content within Source Kids and we retain sole publishing rights of the article once it has been accepted for publication. Please let us know if you are submitting your article elsewhere when contacting us.
Source Kids reserves the right to edit content to meet our style guidelines. Your article may be edited for clarity, grammar, and overall style. If there are any major changes made, you will be asked to review and approve them prior to publication.
If you are interested in being a part of our stable of regular contributors, please email [email protected] with ‘expert contributor’ in the subject line.
We publish a profile about a very special family, an inspirational special needs teacher and a rare disease in each issue of the magazine. If you would like to appear in the magazine, or have come across a wonderful teacher we should know about, then please contact [email protected]ds.com.au with ‘profile’ in the subject line. If your profile appears in the magazine you will receive a free years’ subscription to Source Kids.
If it appears in our ‘we love’ column, we genuinely love it but, as we don’t necessarily know about your product, we invite you to introduce us to it if you think it fits the bill. Similarly, we are happy to receive items and books to review but unfortunately these cannot be returned. Please note that sending us an item for review does not guarantee it will be reviewed in the magazine. We will contact you prior to publication to let you know if your product will be appearing in that issue. Please email [email protected] with ‘review product’ in the subject line.
One of the trickiest parts of parenting a child with special needs is finding out exactly what you need to make the journey that little bit easier. Our features often include information regarding products and services available that do just that. Consider us an introduction agency.
Please contact [email protected] for information on how our product editorial, advertorial and advertising within Source Kids works, and how it can help your business grow.
Source Kids online has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year, largely because of parents, like yourself, who have generously shared their authentic voices and unique stories.
While we prefer to publish original work (not previously published anywhere else), we will consider work previously published if you have permission to republish it and you have changed both the heading and the first paragraph substantially. Please inform us when submitting if this is the case.
This is a blog for real people who are willing to share themselves honestly and vulnerably. While we are happy to post one-off blog posts, we are also keen to find bloggers who will regularly share their experiences with our audience.
The most popular posts on Source Kids all fit one (or more!) of the following categories:
– They are deeply personal. They don’t dance around the details or include vague references to their authors’ experiences. Rather, they pull the reader in emotionally, painting a vivid picture of a relatable life experience.
– They dig beneath the surface. The advice doesn’t seem cliché or oversimplified. It’s insightful and thought provoking, enabling readers to understand themselves and the world on a deeper level.
– They make us laugh.
– They’re practical and actionable, when applicable. Not all posts need a list of things to do; in fact, some are more powerful without one. But when the topic warrants clear action steps, these posts deliver.
1. Your post will receive broad exposure. It will appear on the blog section of our website, be emailed out to our eNews subscribers and be promoted to our friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
2. Every post includes a bio with links back to your site.
3. The warm and fuzzy glow you get when your insight and experience resonates with another parent/carer.
– Aim for a word count between 600 and 800 words.
– Share a specific story from your life. Don’t tell us you went through a tough time; show us. What happened? – Who was there? What do you think caused this to happen? How did you feel when it happened? And after it? It’s important to share your lessons and insights, but the post will be far more powerful if you also share how you came to learn them.
– Offer insights and practical tips to help readers overcome similar challenges. It doesn’t need to be a numbered list, but the story needs to build to a clear message/lesson for readers, something that might evoke an “A ha” moment for them.
– Please try to keep your paragraphs short so they’re easier to read.
– Include a bio of up to 60 words at the bottom of the post. You can include as many links as you’d like.
– Avoid referencing your blog or business in the body of the post. Please note that links in the body of the post may be removed.
– Send your post in plain text in Microsoft Word to [email protected], with ‘blog submission’ in the subject line. Please only send one submission per email.
– Include a title and a bio.
– Please only submit posts that you have written and that you have permission to post.
– Please inform us if the post has previously been published and where (this includes on your private blog). – – While we prefer to publish original work, we may consider republishing if we feel it is particularly good/relevant. Please submit a fresh, new heading and first paragraph.