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Special Needs Bloggers

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

Greg Lewis

Husband, Father, Social Worker and Nerd. On the rollercoaster-ride that is being a special needs parent.

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The Crystal Ball of Hope

When my son, William, was born after complications I knew things wouldn’t be…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parenting: Finding kindness and the perfect shoes

I am normally an Amazon.com kind of Mom.  

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by Jodi Shenal
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Emotional Pets

I have seen a lot shared by families about finding a dog as a therapy or emotional…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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The Time was Right: Telling my son about autism

I had this perfect plan in my head of how I would tell my son about his autism diagnosis. 

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Special Needs Family Resolutions

I realised that I have never had a New Year’s Resolution. 

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Three New Year’s Resolutions that would help my family

Yes I’m afraid it’s yet another blog about those silly New Year’s…

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New Year, New Me?

We have all said it... With the New Year, comes new ideas, changes, hopes, beliefs. 

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Special Needs New Year’s

As a new year approaches I look back at 2017 and think WOW. 

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Resolutions of a 40 year old Special Needs Mom

Sure, I need to drink more water, exercise more frequently, and eat less sugar…Who…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Special Needs Parenting: As seen on TV

Life is busy. It’s not always easy for couples to find uninterrupted time…

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Special Needs Families: HO HO H…….Ohhhhhh No!!

We love Christmas in the Kaye household. 

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by Zowie Kaye
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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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by Miriam Gwynne
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Special Needs Parenting: A Christmas Wish

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

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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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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by Miriam Gwynne
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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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by Jodi Shenal
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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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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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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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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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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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