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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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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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Being sibling to a brother who has meltdowns

I left her abruptly once again, shouting back at her to 'stay right where you…

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When you don’t feel ‘enough’ as a special needs mum

By 4pm the panic was setting in. Late afternoon is the time it mostly hits.…

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Three reasons holidays are difficult for special needs families

Where do you like to go on holiday? Somewhere hot where the sun is pretty much guaranteed,…

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My delight at finding out my seven year old is just 18 months old

It is strange how things change so much when you have a child with complex needs.…

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To the child at the award ceremony who knows their name will never be called..

Ah, end of term.  Sports days, shows, school trips, report cards and of course…

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10 things I would have done differently if I’d known my child would have special needs

I was pregnant for 37 weeks and five days. I had no idea one of the children I was…

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‘Twins? I thought you only had one child?’

It can feel all too often like I have one real child and one invisible child, despite…

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Seven wonderful ways my child communicates without any words.

My son has learning difficulties, a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis and…

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Raising kids with special needs: If he never says ‘I Love You’

My child can not communicate using language. 

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Raising kids with special needs: The first sign is as good as the first word

It was a Wednesday. That much I know. I had dressed my son, made him breakfast and…

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Raising kids with special needs: Without saying a word

Birthday parties are a big deal for any child, but it’s never straightforward…

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