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Fiona Russo

I'm a busy mother of four, wife of one, and doctoral candidate to my ever-patient university colleagues. My passions in life are many, but there are never enough hours in the day!

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“Where’s the cripple?”

Last week, I was coming out of the shops and putting my three younger children in…

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Special Needs Parenting: Friendship is a Two-way Street

I recently wrote a blog post that garnered a huge response.  It was…

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5 things we can learn from children

Having Charlie has taught me a lot about myself, and one of the things I’ve…

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Special needs parenting: a ‘shout out’ to the daddies

Let me begin by saying that I’m aware that the sweeping generalisations I make…

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Five tips for seeing the dentist with a special needs child

We’re taking Charlie to the dentist for a checkup soon – her very first…

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To Stim or not to Stim?

Self-stimulatory behaviour – more commonly known as ‘stimming’…

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Why Special Needs Parents Would Make Perfect Platoon Sergeants

  People often ask me what my life is like.  This is a huge question, but…

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It takes a (bigger) village to raise a special needs child

Have you ever heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”? 

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How To Survive Being Friends With a Special Needs Parent

It can be hard to be a friend to a special needs parent sometimes. We can be highly…

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Five Ways to Fan Those Marital Flames

  It’s hard to believe that a couple might find it difficult to locate…

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Are We Staying in Special-Needs-Parenting-Mode Forever?

  Picture this: it’s six o’clock on a Saturday evening, we’ve…

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“Totes Emosh!” - A Heart-Melting Message from 15-Year-Old Emily to her Little Sister

I’d like to do something a little different today.  

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How I Plan to Stop and Smell the Special Needs Parenting Roses this Year

2014 was a tough year.   We had so many happy moments, but it was also…

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Am I Hiding My Daughter’s Disability?

For those who read my blog regularly (thank you!), you would have seen one recently…

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Adapting Christmas Traditions for Our Daughter

We went to get our family photo with Santa yesterday.  Our local shopping centre…

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Your Child’s Self-Worth Depends on You

Michael and I were paid the most unexpected compliment last week.  Charlie’s…

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All Wrapped Up: The Special Needs Christmas Present Minefield

Christmas is a beautiful time of year.  Whether you’re of the Christian…

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Small Moments can Have Big Meanings when your Child has a Disability

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the biggest revelations can stem from the simplest…

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Five Cool Things I’ve Found for My Child’s Special Needs

The market in Australia for disability-friendly products is pretty thin on the ground. …

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As Charlie Gets Bigger, Our Home Seems to Get Less Accessible

My parents have always been nomadic.  Dad is a builder and except for my high…

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The 5 Perks of Parenting a Special Needs Child

I was flicking through posts on an online community for parents of special children…

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A Letter to My Daughter

Dearest Charlie, We knew you’d be called ‘Charlie’ from the moment…

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I Can’t Believe My Disabled Daughter and I Actually Walked To School

I should probably start this post by saying that I have in no way been asked by Firefly…

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Poo-Poo and Pee-Pee and Potties, Oh My! (Toilet Training a Non-Mobile Child)

Charlie is three and a half now, and most of her little peers at kindy are independently…

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Raising a Child With a Disability: Daily Doses of Joy and Trauma

My late Grandmother once told me that parenting is the easiest and the hardest job…

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My Child’s Disability Even Unnerved Super-Aunt, But I’m Glad She Told Me

I was having dinner with my friend Gen – the world’s best Aunty –…

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How Do I Pick the Best School for My Daughter If Doctors Can’t Diagnose Her?

With Charlie approaching four and Susannah starting her prep year in January, we…

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Oddly Normal: The Secret Joy of Car Journey Fights

Last week, Michael and I were driving with the little girls in the back.  Susannah…

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My Daughter is Not a ‘Vegetable’

I don’t blog.  I enjoy reading other people’s blogs, but putting…

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Special Needs Parenting: My letter to a future employer

Birthday parties are a big deal for any child, but it’s never straightforward…

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