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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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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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Fundraising: Five ways to help your favourite charity

This month there are two big fundraising campaigns which keep popping up on my social…

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Special Needs Parents: Making friends through our children’s conditions

Once upon a time we were drifting through our happy, ‘typical’ lives,…

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Trick or Treat in my Wheelchair

Oh boy! The excitement is in the air, and it has hit my household in full force. 

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Halloween Popcorn Balls for the Sensory Seeking Child

Incorporating food activities into a child's sensory diet can be a great way…

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Special Needs Parents, CoppaFeel! This Month

Let’s talk about boobs, shall we? 

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Special Needs Mom: This is my story

Looking back at where I was three years ago, I would have never known the joy and…

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Special Needs: Undiagnosed is disabled

“what’s wrong with your baby?” “I don’t know”…

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Special Needs Parenting: What a difference a year makes

“He who laughs most, learns best” – John Cleese.  In September…

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Special Needs Parenting: Acceptance is key

Few of us knew about our children’s conditions before they were born and even…

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Raising Awareness: Spina Bifida

With each month, we all can find someone we know raising awareness for a different…

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ADHD Awareness

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children & teens and…

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Baby Loss Awareness: Our Darling Daughter

A single heartbeat,  Constant tears,   There wasn’t enough, …

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ADHD Awareness Month

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which is also referred to as ADD…

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Special Needs Parenting: Delicious slow cooked pork tenderloin

This is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes I’ve found for cooking…

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by Laura Moore
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Waiting rooms and autism

Waiting is something both my children struggle with. 

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The Time a Stranger Gave me Money because my Child is Disabled

I had an encounter recently, whilst out with Amy and my mum.

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Special Needs Families: He is 1 in 1000

On average, in the United States, spina bifida occurs in 0.4 per 1000 births. 

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The stigma of mental health

I recently told someone that I had depression and that is why I wanted to raise awareness…

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A Recipe Much Needed

As we all settle into the new season, welcoming the new weather is brings, we all…

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World Mental Health Day - Anxiety

Hi...my name's Zowie; I am a full-time mother and wife, a Financial Crime Analyst…

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Special Needs Education: Thankful for our 1:1 assistant

My daughter has just embarked into another school year. She’s an active six…

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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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Special Needs Families: Neuro, Urology and More

We have had another busy month, now that routine visits are being called for again.

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What I want you to know on World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy (CP) day will be celebrated on Friday 6 October in…

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017

October is an important month in our world, not just because of Halloween (which…

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Special Needs Parents: The calling

As of recently, I have found myself in this silent rut.

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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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Special Needs Families: My son and his service dog

We’ve had Ewok, our son’s golden doodle, at our home for one week. In…

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Special Needs Campaign: Victory for Nascot Lawn

Campaigning parent carers in Hertfordshire are celebrating as their local short breaks…

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