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Special Needs Bloggers

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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For all the misunderstood girls and women with autism

I can see that confused look when someone speaks to you and you are desperately trying…

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How to Survive Back to School

If like us the school holidays are a juggle of summer schemes, grandparents, childminders…

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by Claire Smyth
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Global Development Delay: The 2 year review

My daughter Sydney recently had her 2 year developmental review with our Health Visitor. 

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by Laura Rutherford
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Podcast: A Special Needs Dad’s Perspective

In this episode of the Firefly Community Podcast Chris narrates one of our popular…

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Special Needs Parenting: How to survive the change in seasons

I feel like summer arrived and left in one day this year and already autumn has set…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Families: What you really say when you tell your child you are sorry!

It’s the summer holidays and for many parents this can be a really difficult…

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by Angela Kelly
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Special Needs Parenting: Back to school

I will go into the bookstore hand over his school book list and pay the cashier a…

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by Ger Smyth
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Special Needs Family: Accepting our new normal

We spend a lot of time focusing on the positives and accepting that this is our "normal".

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Special Needs Parents: 5 things you should do on the first day of the new term

School holidays are one of those marmite subjects between special needs families…

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by Laura Moore
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Does the UK lead the way when it comes to Changing Places?

The official changing places campaign has been running for over 10 years and we currently…

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Special Needs Parenting: When did I stop introducing myself as me?

“Hi, I’m Heidi’s Mum”. That’s pretty much my standard…

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by Sarah Kay
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The Kindness of Strangers

In today’s world, an act of kindness is appreciated now more than ever.

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by Jodi Shenal
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Special Needs: Thank you daddy

I do know where the ‘obsession’ came from. I am not sure I would call…

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by Ger Smyth
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Podcast - Redefining Daddy

In this episode of the Firefly Community Podcast Chris narrates one of our popular…

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Special Needs: What is the “real world”?

Does the ‘real world’ only apply to non-disabled people?

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by Angela Kelly
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Wheelchair stresses in the summer

This is our second summer having a wheelchair.

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by Ger Smyth
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Accessibility: What is a radar key?

A radar key is an extremely large key which will unlock over 10,000 “accessible”…

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Special Needs Parents: I want to go clubbing in Ibiza!

Slightly random title for a special needs blog isn’t it? Let me explain. 

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by Sarah Kay
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Things my daughter has taught me: Special Needs Parenting

11 months old and my daughter has taught me more than I have learnt in my life.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Special Needs Parenting: Summer is Overrated

SUMMER…A season of sunshine, relaxation and family outings.

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by Jodi Shenal
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Thinking about the school taxi when your child with disabilities starts school

In a few weeks my beautiful first-born child will start school. My precious boy.

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by Laura Rutherford
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My Favorite Things: Fashion Edition

While I am unsure if you readers in the U.K. shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…

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by Angelyn Harrenstein
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Why I wish DIY SOS didn’t exist

It’s not because I’ve got anything against Nick Knowles, quite the opposite…

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by Sarah Kay
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Podcast: Birthdays - Celebration or Grieving?

In this episode of the Firefly Community Podcast Chris narrates one of our popular…

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by Firefly Community
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4 Reasons your business should be accessible

There are so many things that businesses need to do to be accessible for everyone,…

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Special Needs Parenting: If she could tell us when she hurts

Some days are easier than others to navigate through, when you have a nonverbal child.  

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by Jodi Shenal
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Special Needs Campaigns: Interview with Clos-o-mat’s Claire Haymes

Clos-o-mat are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of equipment for changing…

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Special Needs Families: 5 companies that have exceptional customer service

Special needs parents are met with a host of daily complications so when we come…

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