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David Green

I am a father of a 4 year old son with autism. I love my family more than words can explain.

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Special needs families: When a tweet from a car park made me angry at Christmas

A friend recently had some difficulty parking at her local hospital. 

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Special Needs Parenting: A Christmas Wish

I love Christmas. The food, the decorations, the general cheer. 

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Special Needs Parenting: Side effects may include

There are occasions which don’t so much as pull the rug out from under our…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Special Needs Parenting: Migloo

I’ve been campaigning for changing places toilets for several years now and…

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by Laura Moore
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Why I wish toy manufacturers would stop having ages on toys

I am afraid I need a bit of an emotional rant. You see there is something that really…

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Special Needs Parenting: My Christmas wish list

I can remember writing out my Christmas wish list as a child, excited for all the…

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Special Needs Families: Elf on the shelf

In the US, Canada and Britain, the modern folklore of Santa Claus typically includes…

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by Zowie Kaye
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First Christmas

I am one of those people that like to have everything bought for Christmas by August.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Fairytale of a Special Needs Christmas

It’s Christmas week babe,In our wild house,

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by Ger Smyth
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Tired and Grumpy, and that’s just Mummy

I believe the appropriate word is ugg.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Special Needs Parenting: Christmas Shenanigans

With Christmas approaching faster than I am ready for, it seems routine that I find…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Christmas as a Special needs Family

It's getting dark earlier, the days are getting colder.

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Christmas with Autism

Christmas time, a season of roasted chestnuts as you walk down the high street, a…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Five things I’ve learned about epilepsy since my son’s diagnosis

1. Not all seizures are the same Prior to my son’s epilepsy diagnosis, I’d…

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by Emma Murphy
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Holiday Cheer vs Holilday Stress

It starts to creep up on me as October begins…I feel it rising as store shelves…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Milestones

There are many milestones we picture once we have children. 

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by Ger Smyth
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When there’s no room for the basics

I have a question for you; what do you do when you have an individual who uses a…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Communication and One Sided Conversations

I think parenting any child is forever changing, a multifaceted, and often complex…

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Special Needs Parents: Am I being swept under the rug?

After spending the weekend at Camp John Mark, in which they held a weekend camp for…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Special Needs Parenting: Holiday Heartache

The holidays are upon us! Get togethers, holiday traditions, shopping, and gift giving.

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Winter is Coming

I have a nasty feeling that winter chez Voisey isn’t going to be nice… 

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Let’s Hear it for the Carers

There are people who walk amongst us who look like everyone else.

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by Ger Smyth
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Podcast: 15 Easy Ways to Beat Stress and Boost Happiness

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

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Special Needs Parents: How do you do it?

I bet that every single one of you reading this has either said this statement or…

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Special Needs Families: A Weekend of Fun and Inclusion

This past weekend the Hinkley family took to the road for the annual Spina Bifida…

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Special Needs Parenting: Lessons learned in 2017

I know we are only 90 something % into 2017 but already I am feeling quite reflective…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Special Needs Families: What do they see when they look at me?

What do they see when they look at me? 

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by Rebecca Toal
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When a Seizure Doesn’t Look like a Seizure

It seems these days that every month has at least 3 different good causes vying for…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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November for the Hinkley Family

November comes with few and far between appointments for Oliver. 

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Tube Feeding - One Year On

A friend of mine recently spoke to me about their concerns over the gastrostomy as…

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