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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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A Few Tips for Flu Season

This time of year is always scary. Flu season. This year already it has caused the…

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Silver Linings

I am so fed up of having a disabled child being deemed as a negative thing and so…

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Please would someone stop the world for a moment?

Because I want to get off. 2016 was brutal and its friend 2017 has not been pleasant…

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A Good Deed

As we all know, with the new year comes the dreaded reset on insurance deductibles.

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Happy Valentine’s to my Village

It takes a village. A tribe. A family. Raising a child with special needs isn’t…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Valentine’s Day is Different Now

It was once a day where you rushed through the front door, waving your handmade masterpiece…

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by Ger Smyth
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Saint Valentine and Seizures

When you think of Valentine’s Day, I suspect you think of cards, flowers, hearts…

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by Emma Murphy
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Waiting Room Woes

I could feel the blood rushing to my head. I knew I was the center of attention,…

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by Ger Smyth
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The Mystery of the Blue Badge

There is obviously something mysterious and complex about the Blue Badge. Ah yes,…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Learning Social Cues

I was watching a documentary about Autism, and it got me thinking back to my boy.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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When your child’s mental health is a concern

If there was one thing I wished people could understand about mental health it would…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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A New Furry Pal

I remember early on, well after receiving Oliver’s diagnosis, looking in to…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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The struggle is real

The inevitable has happened and Sam has come down with the Dreaded Lurgy. 

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Fear of the F word

The flu. The scariest F-word to hit us this year. It has hit Texas and all over,…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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It can’t just be me…can it?

I count myself incredibly lucky. Not only is my husband my best friend, but we have…

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New Year, New Avenues

January has just come to a close, and the new year has brought new avenues already!

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Stop Comparing

I have seen this time and time again. I know that this may come as a surprise to…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Thought for the Day

Inspirational quotes, you know the ones. They pop up on your face book feed with…

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by Jane Scott
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The Importance of Family

I remember as a child hearing people say that as long as you have your health then…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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You’ll Never Know

I was chatting with a friend a while ago about our daily life and I mentioned something…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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National Storytelling Week

In honour of national storytelling week, I thought I’d write a short story…

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by Ger Smyth
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A Hard Day’s Night

When my eldest child, Sean, was first born and I was up four or five times in the…

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by Emma Murphy
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A Special Relationship

My eldest son, Sean, is just 14 months older than his profoundly disabled younger…

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by Emma Murphy
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National Young Carers Day

He drops his bag by the sitting room door. I ask how his day was. I generally get…

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by Ger Smyth
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A Poster Girl for Disability

Years ago, we had a disastrous meal out. Pearl was present but not yet born, perhaps…

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by Jane Scott
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Please Don’t Forget Me

I have realised since having my baby that people seem to have drifted away. I know…

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An Unpredictable Life

"Hasn't she got rosy red cheeks!? Is she teething or is she always like…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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National Hug Day

Milestones... we all wait and wait for them to come and then we celebrate the tiniest…

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by Laura Moore
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5 Things I am Tired of Hearing as a Parent of a Disabled Child

My son, William, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user. …

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