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Jane Ashton

I live in Bolton in the UK and am mum to Oscar, a happy four-year-old who has Cerebral Palsy with Cystic Periventricular Leukolomalcia, meaning he can't stand, crawl, walk or talk.

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7 Money Saving-Tips for a Budget-Friendly Special Needs Christmas

Christmas is expensive. Raising a child with additional needs is very expensive.…

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I Feel Like I’ve Failed My Child with Special Needs

‘I don’t want you to feel like you have failed, you haven’t.’…

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Look After Yourself - Raising a Child with a Disability

‘Jane, watch your back!’ I had a feeling I was being watched but didn’t…

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All Support Welcome - Raising Children with Disabilities

We have had some bad news recently. We have found out that both Oscar’s hips…

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The Science of Not Sleeping - Raising Children with Disabilities

It is 2.45 a.m. You are awake. Wide awake.  I look at you through the dim glow…

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School’s Out For Summer - Raising Children with Disabilities

It is almost school holiday time. Oscar is off school for seven weeks. Yes, seven…

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Living on Another Planet: Special Needs Parenting

I recently drove home from the parent group which is held at Oscar’s school…

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Special needs parenting: having fun in the rain

I think I sometimes forget that Oscar is still a child who wants to and enjoys doing…

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The Question Special Needs Parents Love to Hear

As parents of children with special needs we know that a single person has the power…

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Special needs parenting: fighting the feeding tube

  The subject of Oscar having a feeding tube has reared its ugly head again.…

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How to make a sensory garden for kids with special needs

We are both blessed and cursed with a big garden. We are blessed because it is lovely…

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Special needs wonderpups: the magic of therapy dogs

If you have read any of my previous blogs you will know that last year we adopted…

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Special Needs Parenting: Why Can’t I Leave My Son’s Side?

‘I know, I know. It’s not you, it’s me.’ I found myself saying…

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About the day you were diagnosed…

To my beautiful and precious son, Oscar.Today you are five years old.

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Special Needs Parenting: Help! How do I answer that next awkward question?

Sometimes people say things or ask questions about Oscar and I still don’t…

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Special needs parenting: all hail Mr Tumble

‘Take your finger and touch your nose. Blink three times and off it goes….’…

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Dear Newly Diagnosed Special Needs Parent

Hello and welcome. You have now unwittingly joined an elite club of other special…

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Take these 6 steps before picking a school for your special needs child

Choosing a school or mainly the right school is a extremely important decision for…

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My son is almost ready for a hoist - why is it so hard to accept?

This year we are going to be having some adaptions done to our bungalow to make it…

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Sensory Issues vs the Movies

One thing I used to like to do before I had Oscar was go to the cinema.  When…

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There’s No Force of Nature Like a Special Needs Mama Bear

Oscar’s Pre-school support worker once told me that Oscar was ‘too well…

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My Child is Perfect, I Don’t Need to ‘Try Again’

  I have lost count of how many times I have been asked ‘Are you going…

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My Son is The Only One in His Class Who Can’t Walk - And It’s Fine

  We have recently been into school and watched Oscar in his class and the various…

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How Special Needs Parents Can Put Each Other First Now And Again

  Although it is important to make time for yourself, it is also important to…

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Sitting Down for 5 Minutes: The Secret Shame of Parents with Disabled Kids

  This is important but it is easier said than done. You MUST make time…

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How Will We Remember 2014?

I cannot believe that yet another year has flown by and we are going to be welcoming…

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My Heart Melted When My Little Snowman Took to the Stage

Something I thought may never happen has happened and I am so happy. The school have…

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I’m So Glad We Sent Oscar to a Special Education School

We have just recently had Oscar’s first school report and our first parent’s…

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I Will Never Know Mum’s Thoughts on Her Grandson’s Disability

As the Christmas countdown has well and truly begun and we get ready for all the…

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Getting Ready for a Special Needs Christmas

I may be about to make myself very unpopular, but love it or hate it Christmas is…

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