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Special Needs Bloggers

Meet our Firefly Community bloggers providing you with their unique, meaningful and insightful thought pieces

Orla Freeman

My name is Orla, married to Shane. Also affectionately known as Mummy to Ruairi, Darragh and Eoghan

@ourownjourney http://oureoghanjourney.wordpress.com

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The First Year of my Journey as a Special Needs Parent

This time last year I was pregnant with my 4th child, we had just started the long…

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Walking a Knife Edge

Never sure how to start posts like this one, it always seems so trite. 

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Just a Kid Watching Other Kids on YouTube

Yes, my three year old can master my iPhone and click open Youtube Kids to watch…

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Food, Health & Beauty

10 Ways to Make Water More Exciting

It’s always important to keep hydrated, especially at this time of year. …

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What Really Matters

How do I explain to people who don’t understand that for all his issues, my…

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Redefining Daddy

I have been many things in my life and I have been called many things (I'm sure)…

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by David Germon
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Holidays and Autism

So I did something this week that I’m already starting to get anxious about;…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Tilgate Park officially opens Space to Change

Crawley Borough Council has officially opened what is believed to be the first hoist-assisted…

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In the Event of an Emergency

As a parent of a child with extraordinary needs, my list of worries can oftentimes…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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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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These are a Few of my Favourite Things

There are times when we all need something familiar, something that brings us comfort

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International Children’s Day

Children's Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world.…

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Global Day of Parents

Some people plan to be parents, take all the organisation and preparation in delight. 

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by Zowie Kaye
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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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by Miriam Gwynne
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Being a Working Mum

Alternatively, In Praise of the Stay at Home Dad.

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3 Things I Would Tell My Past Self - If I Could

When I think back to 2009 when William was born it is all a bit of a blur

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by Laura Moore
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Beauty and Cruelty: Sharing Bad News with the Special Needs Child

Nearly thirty years ago, Manchester welcomed this Southerner with open arms.

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by Jane Scott
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Teamwork

Do you sometimes think that everything is up to you?  That if you don’t…

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by Mark Arnold
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Social Media: One of the Greatest Oxymorons There Is?

I mean, just how sociable is social media?

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5 Things I Would Like People to Know

As far as anyone knows we’re a nice, normal family… so stated the sign…

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Retailer Next disappoints with NO Changing Places toilet

As an avid campaigner for change for disabled people I am used to rejection.

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by Laura Moore
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Changing Places Closure

The Changing Places toilet located at the Boating Lake in Cleethorpes has been closed.

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Of Bikes and Unicorns

As the parent of a disabled child I have a heartfelt wish to see a world that is…

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The Great Clear Out

There is one thing I pretty much loathe doing.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Comfee Seat

We started the process months ago.We talked about it.

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by Ger Smyth
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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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by Miriam Gwynne
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When Even the Specialists Don’t Know

Most days Sam’s status as a child who is undiagnosed just doesn’t bother…

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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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by Miriam Gwynne
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Fashion

5 Easy Ways to Update your Spring Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank

Hello Everyone, Hope you are all well. In this month’s blog post I thought…

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The Judgement of Mothers: When Breast Isn’t Best

I have no problem with any mother who breastfeeds her baby in public. 

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