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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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What Do I Do When the Doctor Won’t Listen?

In 2012, Mail Online UK reported a mother's harrowing tale of her ten-year-old…

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How to Interact With Your Child’s Medical Team

Doctors. They're the ones who seemingly hold all the answers concerning the health…

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Most Accessible Cities for Disabled Vacationers

Family holidays always require loads of planning. Everyone wants to see something…

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How to Make It Easier for Disabled People to Visit Your Store

Profit margins are razor’s edge thin these days, so the idea of trying to help…

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How to introduce new foods for kids with sensory issues

When it comes to introducing new foods to children, most parents will claim they…

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5 Great US Cities for People with Disabilities

You might think that the most important criteria for living with a disability in…

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Making the Hospital Less Scary for Children

Unfortunately, for kids with special needs and their parents, trips to the hospital…

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How to Keep Kids Entertained During Hospital Stays

For parents, the worst part of having a child go into the hospital for a stay is…

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What Should I Pack in My Hospital Bag?

Naturally, when your child has to go to the hospital for an extended stay, your or…

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Shameless Self-Congratulatory Message

Excuse us, for a little moment, while we self-congratulate and say a few heartfelt…

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Your Questions: My back hurts using the Upsee – what should I do?

Every week we try to answer the most common questions you guys have about the Upsee…

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How to Explain Special Needs and Hospital Stays to Siblings

When your child has to go into the hospital for a stay, it's daunting for everyone…

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How to Prepare a Child with Special Needs for Hospital Stay

There are so many tough situations parents of special needs children experience.…

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It’s a Kinda Magic! How Kids with Hemiplegia can use Developing Tricks

Everybody loves a bit of magic – the mystery, sleight of hand, skill and theatre…

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Five Things Only a Parent of Children with Special Needs Knows

We wanted to hear what our regular contributors (Hayley Goleniowska, Dawn Hamilton, Stacey…

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Educating the Children in Your Extended Family About Your Child’s Special Needs: Why It Matters

“Cooper talks funny, he's dumber than me even though he's bigger.”…

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20 Great Disability Quotes

"Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’…

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Classmates with Poor Language Skills Have a Negative Effect on Children with Disabilities

A recent report published in Psychological Science reveals the influence…

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Your Questions: Should my child be wearing their splints/braces while using the Upsee?

~You can get answers to your most pressing Upsee and GoTo Seat questions here on…

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What’s the most common lie we tell our children with special needs?

None of us really want to lie to our kids, but they make it so hard not to! Sometimes…

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Robin Williams was a truly great actor, he spent a lifetime pretending he was okay

Depression is cruel, it might be the most vicious of any condition. You can’t…

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How to Talk to People with Big, Scary Disabilities #EndTheAwkward

All week on the blog, we've been discussing making connections - what not…

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We were scared before our son was born. But the real fear came after…

Uriyah was born three-and-a-half years ago and brought with him all the fear and…

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Your Questions: What if my child is too tall for the Upsee?

We want to answer your most important questions here on our blog so everyone can…

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A Worried Parent Needs Your Advice

On Monday we posted ‘Did She really say that? Comments that Enrage Parents…

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Guaranteed to Brighten Your Day: Kids with Disabilities Walking For The First Time

Having a rough day? Then we prescribe 11 clips of pure joy!

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Check Out Tennyson’s Improving Head Control

Parents and therapists ask us about head control a lot. Earlier this week we published…

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Get your Upsee or GoTo Seat in a week

We are pleased to announce that we can now dispatch all orders in one week.…

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My Daughter’s Wheelchair is Only a Transportation Device, It’s Not Her

Angela Byrne lives in Queensland, Australia with three daughters of whom she is fiercely…

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