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Emily Sutton

I was launched into the world of special needs on New Year's Eve 2012, on the birth of my son, Jenson. He is fabulous, sprightly and loving, and has redefined our lives. I am now a 'qualified by experience' therapist, clinician, secretary, taxi, PA, nurse, and in my spare time I am trying to be a good mummy. I am an auditor for the NHS and along with my husband run an accountancy business from home. It's a busy household but Jenson's extra genetic material seems to have given us all extra special powers!

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My Top 5 Beauty Hacks for the Special Needs Mum on the Go

Our demanding lives and families leave us busy mums little time to focus on our own…

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It’s Not A Secret

It's not a secret that you can't walk Although we truly believed you would

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Signs of Life

I remember it like it was yesterday; pulling the car up onto the driveway and hearing…

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A Special Bond between Special Children

Being just 17 months apart in age, my sister Lucy and I were like best friends growing…

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Our Little Boy Starts Big School!

“Don’t let education get in the way of learning” – Oscar…

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Five tips for Holidaying with a Special Needs Child

Holidaying special needs style is hard work but is so worthwhile. Taking a child…

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Our Journey from Ideal to Real

When I was younger I had my life and family mapped out.  I would meet and…

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My mother’s greatest gift to me: Her love for my disabled son

It was a struggle to pick a suitable title, because the likes of ‘Supergran’…

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What Do You See When You Look at a Child with a Disability?

I see you looking at my little boy. 

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Why Kids with Special Needs Make Good Jedis

As the new Star Wars movie lands, let’s take a closer look at the heroes…

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“I’ve got this Facebook friend…” - Raising a Child with a Disability

Talking to a friend the other day, I was recounting the dramas we have been through…

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“Why Won’t Mum Stop This Hurting Me?”

It started just like any other day.

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Career Vs Carer: The Perpetual Balancing Act

We were young, free and single.   Matt and I met ever so romantically over a…

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“Remember Sunday Morning Coffee?” - Raising Kids with Disabilities

Remember when going for a Sunday morning coffee was leisurely and fun?

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Please Don’t Ask Me That Question - Raising Children with Disabilities

Being a parent to a special needs child is difficult.   But being a friend…

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Raising Children with Disabilities: How We Found Our ‘Diagnosis’ Family

Jenson has a rare genetic condition called tetrasomy 18P, of which there are only…

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7 Emotional Wonders of the Special Needs Parenting World

Too often we read articles about the lows of special needs parenting. The sadness,…

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“Hey Good Looking” - Are We Praising Kids for the Wrong Things?

Any new parent will tell you that it becomes a daily occurrence for strangers to…

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