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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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How to Prepare a Child with Special Needs for Hospital Stay

There are so many tough situations parents of special needs children experience.…

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It’s a Kinda Magic! How Kids with Hemiplegia can use Developing Tricks

Everybody loves a bit of magic – the mystery, sleight of hand, skill and theatre…

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Five Things Only a Parent of Children with Special Needs Knows

We wanted to hear what our regular contributors (Hayley Goleniowska, Dawn Hamilton, Stacey…

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Educating the Children in Your Extended Family About Your Child’s Special Needs: Why It Matters

“Cooper talks funny, he's dumber than me even though he's bigger.”…

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20 Great Disability Quotes

"Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’…

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Classmates with Poor Language Skills Have a Negative Effect on Children with Disabilities

A recent report published in Psychological Science reveals the influence…

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Your Questions: Should my child be wearing their splints/braces while using the Upsee?

~You can get answers to your most pressing Upsee and GoTo Seat questions here on…

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What’s the most common lie we tell our children with special needs?

None of us really want to lie to our kids, but they make it so hard not to! Sometimes…

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Robin Williams was a truly great actor, he spent a lifetime pretending he was okay

Depression is cruel, it might be the most vicious of any condition. You can’t…

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How to Talk to People with Big, Scary Disabilities #EndTheAwkward

All week on the blog, we've been discussing making connections - what not…

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We were scared before our son was born. But the real fear came after…

Uriyah was born three-and-a-half years ago and brought with him all the fear and…

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Your Questions: What if my child is too tall for the Upsee?

We want to answer your most important questions here on our blog so everyone can…

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A Worried Parent Needs Your Advice

On Monday we posted ‘Did She really say that? Comments that Enrage Parents…

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Guaranteed to Brighten Your Day: Kids with Disabilities Walking For The First Time

Having a rough day? Then we prescribe 11 clips of pure joy!

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Check Out Tennyson’s Improving Head Control

Parents and therapists ask us about head control a lot. Earlier this week we published…

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Get your Upsee or GoTo Seat in a week

We are pleased to announce that we can now dispatch all orders in one week.…

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My Daughter’s Wheelchair is Only a Transportation Device, It’s Not Her

Angela Byrne lives in Queensland, Australia with three daughters of whom she is fiercely…

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Tell Your Therapist: Upsee Assessment Kits On Sale Now

Therapists can now get a complete Upsee Therapist Kit. The kits come at a special…

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Can the Upsee improve a child’s head control?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get about the Upsee is whether it will…

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15 Sanity-Saving Games to Keep your Kids Occupied in Restaurants

Every so often you will delude yourself and think we are a pleasant, civilised family,…

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Why You Should Love the Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games kick off in 2014 in Glasgow today and we should all be…

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How About This for Family Participation?

Two sporty 13-year-olds, Samantha Eaker and Victoria Stuart, loved going to volleyball…

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7 of the Best Table-top Games for Kids with Disabilities (and the Whole Family)

We like simple games that the whole family can sit around the table and play. 

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Can you really become a family of published authors in 5 days?

We love a good family project. True, it’s almost impossible to get time to…

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10 things a child with a disability would say to inspire us everyday

Hey Mum, I just want to tell you I ache inside when I see you looking at…

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Only a 10-day wait for an Upsee

We are really happy to tell you we can now fulfil most Upsee orders in around 10…

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Helping Kids with Disabilities Connect Better with Friends

Search google for ‘guide for talking to wheelchair users’ and you’ll…

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Watch Parents Try the Upsee and GoTo Seats for the First Time

We’ve been rocking up at shows and conferences to give parents and therapists…

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