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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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Holiday Travel with a Special Needs Child

Despite finding our holiday to the Lake District challenging my husband, Neal, declared…

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The Disability Exhibition Survival-Guide for Parents

Every year there are four free exhibitions held in the UK called Kidz up North, Kidz…

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Why Every Special Needs Parent Should Try a Support Group at Least Once

The school Oscar attends hold a parent and carer group once a month at the school.…

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Getting Around With a Disabled Child Never Gets Easier

We have not long come back from a very cold, wet and windy weeks holiday in the Lake…

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Communication Breakdown: The Stress and Guilt of Having a Non-Verbal Child

I think the thing I find hardest about Oscar’s condition is the communication.…

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Great Sensory Apps for Kids with Special Needs

As well as being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Oscar is also visually impaired.…

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“I Don’t Know How You Do It” They Say. Do What, Love My Child?

‘I don’t know how you do it’ is a phrase I hear all too often and…

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I’m Desperate To Increase My Son’s Weight So He Can Avoid Surgery

I am having an ongoing battle with Oscar and I fear it is one that I am never going…

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Work Was Always My ‘Thing’, But It’s Not An Option Since My Son’s Diagnosis

I recently gave up work to become a full time mum/carer for Oscar.

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We Didn’t Want Oscar in a Special School, But We Were So Wrong

As I put yet another load of Oscar's school uniform in the wash I still…

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When Oscar Met Pebbles: How Would Our Complex Boy React to an Energetic New Dog

We all set off for the Guide Dog Centre on the Sunday, with a mixture of excitement…

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Parenting a Child With Disabilities is Full-time, All the Time

We had been on holiday recently and had been having a fantastic time. We had…

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Will A Furry Friend Ease Our Disabled Son’s Isolation?

Should we? Shouldn’t we? We had numerous discussions about it and even wrote…

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