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

Brendan Bourque

I am a special needs dad from On, Canada. Our daughter Emerson has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, PVL, and sensory processing disorder.

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How Will We Remember 2014?

I cannot believe that yet another year has flown by and we are going to be welcoming…

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by Jane Ashton
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My Heart Melted When My Little Snowman Took to the Stage

Something I thought may never happen has happened and I am so happy. The school have…

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by Jane Ashton
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I’m So Glad We Sent Oscar to a Special Education School

We have just recently had Oscar’s first school report and our first parent’s…

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by Jane Ashton
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Am I Hiding My Daughter’s Disability?

For those who read my blog regularly (thank you!), you would have seen one recently…

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by Fiona Russo
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A Sensory Calendar Update

​So as we pass the halfway point of the advent - I thought I’d give you an…

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The Smacking Debate Applies to CP Kids Too

Jade has just turned two and she has already started with her tantrums. I’m…

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by Caro Robbertze
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Boosting Daddy-Daughter Bonding

For the first year-and-a-half of Jade’s life I did everything. She didn’t…

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by Caro Robbertze
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Até quando temos que viver como se fôssemos totalmente diferentes?

Hoje, combinei com uma mãe de um amiguinho do Antonio da escola de irmos com…

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by Adriana Maia
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Quando Levas para Casa um Filho com Necessidades Especiais e Não o Bébé que Sonhaste

O momento em que efectivamente o nosso filho se transforma em “diferente”, …

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by Sara Marques dos Santos
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Nuestros Niños y la Magia de la Navidad

Se acerca la Navidad, una de las épocas más mágicas para los…

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by Olga Sierra Cuadrillero
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Adapting Christmas Traditions for Our Daughter

We went to get our family photo with Santa yesterday. 

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by Fiona Russo
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Hunting the Perfect Gift for my Chew-tastic Son

The search for the ultimate Christmas present is on, and it going to help me embrace…

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by Jessica Rivera
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This special needs mum isn’t ready for Christmas!

​So it’s the 10th December and I still haven’t bought Daniel his Christmas…

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It’s rude to stare! Or is it?

There are very few mums and dads of kids with special needs who haven’t been…

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Firefly Playpak GIVEAWAY

Kara reflects on her time at Firefly back in April. Read more here.

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Do You Know Which Great Therapy Exercises You’re Already Doing?

For very small children with disabilities, parents can often feel overwhelmed that…

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Sensory Issues Vs Christmas Tree

Well it’s December and so my husband and I knew we had another difficult decision…

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by Jessica Rivera
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A Special Needs Family’s Dream Santa List

In our family it is well known that at least one parental unit will ask my husband…

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by Jessica Rivera
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Dear other Special Needs Parent…

Dear other Special Needs Parent, During the holiday season, I can be particularly…

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by Jessica Rivera
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The Everyday Life-Changing Decisions of a Special Needs Parent

“Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, go away and have think” Eek - a conversation…

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by Natalie Luckett
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My Daughter has a Disability But I Protect Her Too Much

One of the hardest things I find as the mother of a child with physical disabilities…

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by Natalie Luckett
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“Dear Doctor, Here’s a List of Things My Daughter CAN do…”

Every day teachers, doctors and society seem to tell me what my daughter cannot…

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by Natalie Luckett
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Even Santa’s Elves Can Make Disabled Kids Feel Abnormal

Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year – the whole of December…

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by Natalie Luckett
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Is Your Family Missing these Financial Support Options?

Raising a disabled child is very expensive. I was admiring someone’s lightweight…

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by Natalie Luckett
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Disney Disappoints the Special Needs Community

I am Sam. Rain Man. Forrest Gump. Radio. Temple Grandin. What’s Eating Gilbert…

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by Telina Knight
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Surviving Kindergarten: Assessment Woes

As Cooper’s first semester as a kindergartener draws to a close, a new worry…

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by Telina Knight
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Alternative Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Not all kids like the traditional toys most children are requesting this holiday…

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by Telina Knight
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Four Books to Put on YOUR Wish List

We’ve talked about toys and alternative gifts for children with special needs.…

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by Telina Knight
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Dear other Special Needs Parent…

Dear other Special Needs Parent, During the holiday season, I can be particularly…

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by Jessica Rivera
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4 Tips for When Your Child’s Best Friend Moves Away

Firefly Garden recommends Jennifer’s helpful tips for when your child’s…

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