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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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Cinq choses que seul un parent d’enfant handicapé connaît

Nous voulions savoir ce que nos contributeurs réguliers (Hayley Goleniowska, Dawn…

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How Jeff Healey Helped My Husband and Me Embrace Our Son’s Special Needs

If you were around during the 80's and early 90's, you're probably familiar…

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15 cose eccezionali che si possono fare con il sedile GoTo di Firefy

Il sedile GoTo è stato una rivelazione per molti Amici Firefly e per i loro…

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¿De Verdad que Dijo Eso? 10 Comentarios que Enfurecen a los Padres de Niños Discapacitados

¡No me lo puedo creeer!¿De verdad que ella acaba de decir eso?

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A-t-elle vraiment dit cela ? 10 commentaires qui mettent en rage les parents d’enfants handicapés

Je ne peux pas le croire. A-t-elle vraiment dit cela ?Je ne peux pas le croire. A-t-elle…

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My Child’s Disability Even Unnerved Super-Aunt, But I’m Glad She Told Me

I was having dinner with my friend Gen – the world’s best Aunty –…

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Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Care What you can Afford For Your Child

Having a child with CP can bring a lot of expenses. Medical Aid in South Africa does…

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How Do I Pick the Best School for My Daughter If Doctors Can’t Diagnose Her?

With Charlie approaching four and Susannah starting her prep year in January, we…

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Special Needs Family Participation: How to Plan a Camping Trip

We’ve had a lot of people ask us “how can you take your kids back-country-camping…

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Our Son’s Condition Won’t Stop Us Having Another Beautiful Child

Recently, I visited my ob-gyn for an annual check-up and also to have my IUD, which…

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The Truth About My Disabled Daughter’s Mystery Illness

Since the beginning we had problems feeding Jade. She had really bad reflux and her…

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by Caro Robbertze
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15 coisas incríveis para fazer com um Assento GoTo da Firefly

O Assento GoTo tem sido uma revelação para muitos dos nossos Amigos…

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15 choses incroyables à faire avec le siège Firefly GoTo Seat

Le siège GoTo Seat a été une révélation pour certains…

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15 tolle Dinge die man in einem Firefly GoTo Seat machen kann

Der GoTo Sitz ist für viele unserer Firefly Freunde und ihre Eltern, die sich…

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15 cosas sorprendentes que puedes hacer en un asiento GoTo Firefly

~El asiento GoTo ha sido toda una revelación para muchos de nuestros amigos…

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Oddly Normal: The Secret Joy of Car Journey Fights

Last week, Michael and I were driving with the little girls in the back.  Susannah…

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10 Dinge, die Sie über Väter von Kindern mit besonderen Bedürfnissen nicht wussten

10 Dinge, die Sie über Väter von Kindern mit besonderen Bedürfnissen…

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Surviving Kindergarten: Test Scores Are In

If you've been keeping up with Surviving Kindergarten, you know that Cooper recently…

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10 cose che non sapevate sui padre di bambini disabili.

Nel dicembre del 2008 nacque il mio primo figlio, un bambino bellissimo e perfetto…

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Natural stimulation for a growing mind

Our son River’s first MRI – at four days old – revealed significant…

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10 cosas que no sabías sobre los Papás de niños con necesidades especiales

En diciembre de 2008 mi vida cambió para siempre, nació mi primer hijo,…

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Getting my Daughter’s First Wheelchair Felt Like a Crushing Defeat

Asking Bella’s Physiotherapist if she could have a wheelchair was heartbreaking…

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Yes, I Discipline My Disabled Child!

Many of us have been in the situation where it’s time to leave the park and…

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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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Surviving Kindergarten: Was NOT Putting My Child in a Special Ed Classroom a Mistake?

I've shared in my previous SK blogs how difficult the first few weeks of kindergarten…

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Never Put Off Talking to Family and Friends about Your Child’s Special Needs

“He looks normal to me,” my brother, Tony, said to me in a conversation…

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Five Rules for Disability-Friendly Family Days Out

We love to spend days out as a family. We have visited some places that we would…

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“Are You Okay?” - The Question Special Needs Parents Always Answer With a Lie

A good friend of mine looked me straight in the eye a few weeks ago and asked me…

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Surviving Kindergarten: Avoiding Another Spanking

We are now nearing TWO MONTHS into the school year! I can't believe how fast…

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Special Needs Adoption FAQs

Here are answers to some of the most common questions about special needs adoption. 

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