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

Emmy Heaton

Hi I'm Emmy, mum to Aj who has Cerebral Palsy.

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Epilepsy - Seize the Moment

Let me just start here by saying seizures SUCK.

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International Day of Happiness: Our Bubble

Happiness is measured differently by so many people.

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Who Would You Be?

I hate this thought, it only comes to me when I'm alone. 

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A message to a grieving mother.

On the 12th of January 2016, my best friends son, my godson passed away, aged just…

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Reflections from a Type A Mom

Being an over-achiever was never really a decision for me. It's an obsession. It's…

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Raising a child with special needs: Autism - our bubble.

Hey! It's me again, I'd taken a little while off from blogging whilst I learnt…

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Special Needs Parenting: What would I say to my 19 year old self.

I can see you, sat next to an incubator in the neonatal intensive care unit, crying…

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A letter to my friends: Yes, he has changed, but he’s still the same boy.

Quite recently, my son had a seizure. A seizure that completely threw us out of our…

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Special needs parenting: Understanding autism - not every case is the same.

​"Oh, he has autism? Doesn't that mean he's going to be really clever…

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Special Needs Parenting - First day at school

Well hasn’t this come around quickly?

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“How do you cope? I know I couldn’t”

This is a question/statement I hear quite often. 

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Special needs parenting: Autism - it’s a lonely old world

My son’s autism has a huge impact on his (and our) daily life.

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Special needs equipment and the heartache that can come with it

We all get excited when buying things for a new baby, don’t we? High chairs,…

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Special Needs Parenting: Oh sleep.. How I miss you!!

So, it's 3am and I'm awake again.

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Facebook - a lifeline for special needs parents

We all use Facebook don't we? Well, 1.2 billion of us do according to statistics. 

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Thrown in at the deep end: Being a first time, young, special needs mother

​It seems a million years ago when trying to remember the ‘old me’,…

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Family fund saved my sanity

What is family fund? Who are they? Family fund is a charitable organisation who help…

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Special Needs Parenting: Never hearing ‘I love you mummy’

The four words I fear I’ll never hear - “I love you, mummy” .

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Grieving the child I could’ve had.. What if?

​Today I found myself venturing back into the world full of ‘what ifs’.

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Autism - Please don’t take my sunshine away

When my son was born, he was in a really poor condition after being starved of oxygen. …

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Inclusive Shopping: The GoTo Shop Trolley

As everyone with children will know, shopping can be hard when you’ve got to…

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One for the Special Needs Dads…

​One for the Dads.. (This all from personal experience, I know no two families…

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