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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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Food

Special Needs Families: 10 Healthy Snacks the Whole Family Can Enjoy

If you’re tired of feeding your family less than wholesome snacks like cookies…

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Health & Beauty

Special Needs Families: Slather on some sunscreen!

Summer is upon us; the time of the year when families stock up on gallons of sunscreen…

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Health & Beauty

Best budget-friendly mascaras

Finding the best mascara that will compliment your eyes is often a daunting task. 

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10 Things I am Glad my Son with Learning Difficulties Will Never Do

This is Isaac. He is almost 9 years old yet still cannot tell you his own name.

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We’re all going on a…SUMMER HOL-I-DAY

How does that song go again?

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The Love Behind Special Needs Adoption

The adoption process for any family can often be long, complicated and unpredictable.

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Dread of the Summer Holidays

Summer holidays are looming and for teachers they cannot wait to skip off for 6 weeks…

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Blogging About Disability Part One: The Power of Words

It is widely recognised that blogs are now an important part of the online world.

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Health & Beauty

Special Needs Parents: Getting the chop

Recently I made a bold decision, some of my closest friends called it a ‘brave’…

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Special Needs Families: Epic Parenting Fails from an Expert

I read somewhere that all anyone can expect is to be a good enough parent. 

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Fourth of July and the Fear of Loud Noises

The fourth of July always brings lots of excitement and joy here in the United States. 

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The Top 10 Summer Stresses for Special Needs Families

At first it is lovely to not have to cope with the school run or never ending packed…

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Fashion, Special Needs

Firefly Loves Seenin

Everyone loves going shopping right?

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When his Disability is no Longer “Cute”

  Receiving Oliver’s diagnosis was beyond difficult.

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The Power of a Hug

'If you could go anywhere in the world to do a good deed for someone, where would…

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Accessible Summer Festival in Bury, North England

Consider this a public service announcement from Firefly!

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It is Summer

Yep; for most parents they relish the lack of routine, the lack of having to get…

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The Definition of a Friend

friend/frɛnd - nouna person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection,

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How Not to Parent: Summer Holiday Edition

Over the past eight years I have been taking part in a social experiment called the…

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Will we Ever be Out of the Woods?

Once you’ve been through a frightening, challenging experience, you feel an…

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Gear Up to Get Cycling

Whether you enjoy being outside in the fresh air, the wind blowing in your hair,…

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Food

Summer Picnic Sausage Rolls

These sausage rolls are better than any you can buy in the supermarkets and they…

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Just One Thing

I was asked the other day if there was a particular skill that Sam didn’t yet…

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Welcome to the Family

Newly inducted to The Special Needs Parenting Club? You may not feel it’s the…

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Five Inexpensive End of Term Gifts

It's end of term and I have so many people to thank. 

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Holidays are Hard

There is no shame is admitting summer holidays are hard.

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I am Not a Fan of Holland

Firstly, let me add that I have never actually visited Holland however I am sure…

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The Chosen One

We all have done it and have seen that Facebook can be one of the many places for…

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Birthdays - Celebration or Grieving?

Another year gone by, another birthday for our child with additional needs, but how…

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5 Travel Tips for Long Haul Flights

We have just come back from an amazing holiday in Florida, 3 weeks in the sun which…

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