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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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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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Searching for others with the same rare disease

Could there really be 15 others in my town with the same rare disease as my son?

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Special Needs Parenting: Five ways to use stories to help your child with autism

My twins are now 8. They both have autism but they could not be more different. 

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Special Needs Parenting: When your child is diagnosed and dumped

When I broke the news on my social media that my child had just been diagnosed with…

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A guided tour around a special needs home

One of the many appeals of social media is the fact deep down we are all curious…

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How ‘Elf on the Shelf’ has helped my daughter with autism

Last year my Facebook was full of antics by little elf.

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Five Special Christmas Gifts for a Special Needs Parent

I used to think it was only children who were asked in December, 'What would…

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A full time carer at Christmas: Extra stress!

If you ask people what jobs never get time off at Christmas and the majority will…

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The sign said ‘accessible’... it was anything but!

All I needed was a birthday card and some wrapping paper so I thought I would chance…

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Sometimes it all gets a bit too much..

I took this photo of my daughter recently in a busy shopping centre.

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When a trolley is much more than a vehicle to put your shopping in

I have always said if I never had to eat and feed my family I would be a millionaire!…

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The Secret Epidemic Affecting Special Needs Parents

I had a message from a fellow special needs parent this week. Two words of that message…

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The difficulties of Birthday and Christmas wish lists when your child has global delay

It's that time of year already! As soon as October begins I know I have to face…

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What are special needs schools really like?

Many years ago I studied at university to get a degree in primary school teaching.…

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Five lessons my autistic daughter is learning through having a tropical fish tank

When my daughter was first diagnosed with autism three years ago this month I received…

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Autism: When one door closes…

You know that saying...when one door closes another one opens...

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Why I no longer see the autism in my autistic children

I know my children have autism. It affects them both very differently but very profoundly…

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Thoughts on life from a little girl with Autism

This is a photo of my daughter with beautiful big blue eyes and an even bigger heart.…

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How my faith helps me as a special needs parent

One of the most common things people say to me as a parent of two special needs children…

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What does that mean? A list of abbreviations for special needs families

My sister is a professor of nuclear science. When she speaks to me about her work…

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When the hospital calls you to come in urgently

It had been just over two weeks since my son's MRI. I had just came home from…

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Meet the Twins diagnosed with the same condition 15 months apart

Right from birth my twins were so different. One weighed a healthy 6lb and 1oz while…

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