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Miriam Gwynne

Full time carer, mum of twins, believer of the impossible and specialist in having eyes in the back of my head! Both of my twins have autism and one, my son also has a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis, global delay, learning difficulties and is non verbal. Despite training as teacher nothing has prepared me for the lessons mychildren teach me daily.

@GwynneMiriam http://www.faithmummy.wordpress.com

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Realising her Brother is Different

I was walking both my children to the local shop when I snapped this pic. I was hoping…

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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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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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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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The Boy Who Hates Birthdays

It was the night before my twins 9th birthday and I was busy building playmobil,…

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When Autism Requires you to Parent Differently

Yes this is a picture of my son eating his dinner while sitting on a windowsill. Hardly…

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Slot Machine Heaven

I have two children the same age but who could not be more different. 

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Special Needs Families: Surrounded

It was a Friday morning and I was lying in a hospital bed watching the clock moving…

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Special Needs Parenting: Raising a perfectionist

Last night was parent’s night at my daughter's school. She has additional…

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Special Needs Parents: What would you expect to find in a public bathroom?

Have you ever been to a restaurant and enjoyed a lovely meal? At some point during…

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Waiting rooms and autism

Waiting is something both my children struggle with. 

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Why has society got such an issue with parents being carers to their own children?

'What do you do for a living?' 'I am a carer.'

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When your autistic child has no impulse control

I took my 8 year old son with me to a shop to get some basic things I needed that…

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For all the misunderstood girls and women with autism

I can see that confused look when someone speaks to you and you are desperately trying…

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10 Things I am Glad my Son with Learning Difficulties Will Never Do

This is Isaac. He is almost 9 years old yet still cannot tell you his own name.

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The Top 10 Summer Stresses for Special Needs Families

At first it is lovely to not have to cope with the school run or never ending packed…

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Five Inexpensive End of Term Gifts

It's end of term and I have so many people to thank. 

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Holidays are Hard

There is no shame is admitting summer holidays are hard.

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She is Not a Spoilt Brat

She is not a 'spoilt brat' she is a child with serious food aversion!

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Dear Teacher

I know you are doing a wonderful job. My child goes to school happy most days and…

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Ahh…Someone’s Coming to Visit!

A humorous look in the mind of a special needs mum when a professional is coming…

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When your Child is Terrified of Being on Red

Every morning I walk my chatting, bubbly girl to school and every morning I watch…

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Having Children at Different Schools

As I fill my washing machine yet again with dirty laundry I am yet again reminded…

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Does the Age you Achieve Actually Matter?

Did you know universities actually seek 'mature students' and some employers…

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My Son is Not a Lost Cause

It was our usual Saturday morning and ever since he had woken at 5:30am my non verbal…

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Three Ways to Help Support the Sibling of a Special Needs Child

The school called me about my daughter. She was saying she wasn't feeling well…

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What this 8 Year Old with Autism Wants To Do for her Disabled Brother

It had been a long week of having her brother go to hospital for an MRI to check…

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Autism Awareness

Her school are ignoring autism awareness month...and I am delighted!

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April Fools

April the first is known as a day for spreading practical jokes and hoaxes. Sadly…

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