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Special Needs Bloggers

Meet our Firefly Community bloggers providing you with their unique, meaningful and insightful thought pieces

Ben Taylor

Daddy to the most amazing and inspiring little monkey in the world. Real life dream weaver.

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ADHD Awareness

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children & teens and…

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Baby Loss Awareness: Our Darling Daughter

A single heartbeat,  Constant tears,   There wasn’t enough, …

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ADHD Awareness Month

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which is also referred to as ADD…

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Special Needs Parenting: Delicious slow cooked pork tenderloin

This is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes I’ve found for cooking…

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Waiting rooms and autism

Waiting is something both my children struggle with. 

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The Time a Stranger Gave me Money because my Child is Disabled

I had an encounter recently, whilst out with Amy and my mum.

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Special Needs Families: He is 1 in 1000

On average, in the United States, spina bifida occurs in 0.4 per 1000 births. 

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The stigma of mental health

I recently told someone that I had depression and that is why I wanted to raise awareness…

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Food

A Recipe Much Needed

As we all settle into the new season, welcoming the new weather is brings, we all…

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World Mental Health Day - Anxiety

Hi...my name's Zowie; I am a full-time mother and wife, a Financial Crime Analyst…

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Special Needs Education: Thankful for our 1:1 assistant

My daughter has just embarked into another school year. She’s an active six…

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Why has society got such an issue with parents being carers to their own children?

'What do you do for a living?' 'I am a carer.'

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Special Needs Families: Neuro, Urology and More

We have had another busy month, now that routine visits are being called for again.

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What I want you to know on World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy (CP) day will be celebrated on Friday 6 October in…

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017

October is an important month in our world, not just because of Halloween (which…

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Special Needs Parents: The calling

As of recently, I have found myself in this silent rut.

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When your autistic child has no impulse control

I took my 8 year old son with me to a shop to get some basic things I needed that…

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Special Needs Families: My son and his service dog

We’ve had Ewok, our son’s golden doodle, at our home for one week. In…

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Special Needs Campaign: Victory for Nascot Lawn

Campaigning parent carers in Hertfordshire are celebrating as their local short breaks…

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Special Needs Parenting: Happy?

I have always been a big thinker. I don’t say this out of pride, in my experience…

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Benefits of Massage for Children with Special Needs

Does your child have difficulty winding down at bedtime or staying asleep? 

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Special Needs Families: Tis the season

If you are like me, you are very very excited about the upcoming seasons and activities…

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Special Needs Parents: Loneliness

As a mother to a child with extraordinary needs, I am busy.

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Special Needs Families: Getting ready for Ewok

We recently had our first training session with Sebastian’s service dog, Ewok.…

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Disability Assistance Dogs

Several months ago, I spent hours one morning calling and emailing all the disability…

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Special Needs Parenting: Two Kids, Two Schools

The Friday before the school year was set to begin, we took an impromptu tour of…

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Autism: Changing Seasons

I remember when I was about 6 and was sent to bed as it was 8 o’clock and past…

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Suzie’s Toilet Time: A review

Toileting is a big thing in our house. I am in possession of a small girl working…

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Special Needs Campaigns: Changing Places

13.3 million disabled people require better toilet facilities.

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by Laura Moore
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Food

Chicken and Veggies One Pot Dinner

Try this quick and easy recipe for a quick fix on a cold night!

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