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Rebecca Shayler-Adams

We are just a typical family muddling along our day to day lives. 4 kids, 1 with autism, 1 with an unknown neuromuscular condition

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Spring Clean

I love this time of year.

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A Letter to the Mother of my Children

To the mother of my children,

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One in a Million

This month we are celebrating Rare Disease Day.

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Mum Competitions

When I was pregnant with my first child, people warned me not to be a Mum whose baby…

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Silver Linings

I am so fed up of having a disabled child being deemed as a negative thing and so…

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Learning Social Cues

I was watching a documentary about Autism, and it got me thinking back to my boy.

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Please Don’t Forget Me

I have realised since having my baby that people seem to have drifted away. I know…

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Groundhog Day

I recently watched the film Ground Hog Day. If you haven’t watched the film,…

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It’s Okay to Mourn

My daughter is now 17 months and I have only just accepted that it is ok to mourn.

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Resolutions for the New Year

Out with 2017 and in with the brand new 2018.

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Happy and Healthy Baby

As a parent all you want is for your child to be happy and healthy.

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Special Needs Family Resolutions

I realised that I have never had a New Year’s Resolution. 

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Special Needs New Year’s

As a new year approaches I look back at 2017 and think WOW. 

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Special Needs Parenting: A Christmas Wish

I love Christmas. The food, the decorations, the general cheer. 

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First Christmas

I am one of those people that like to have everything bought for Christmas by August.

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Christmas with Autism

Christmas time, a season of roasted chestnuts as you walk down the high street, a…

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The Life of a Carer

When I tell people that I am a carer, they generally ask where I work. They take…

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Tough Times to get to Green Pastures

We moved into our current home 2 and a half years ago and absolutely loved it. It…

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Special Needs: The Halloween Dread

This month is Halloween. The day where children go trick or treating and dress up…

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Special Needs: Undiagnosed is disabled

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

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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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Special Needs Families: Autumn is coming

The summer holidays have ended which can only mean one thing, the season is changing…

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Special Needs Siblings

Having 4 children is difficult, I am not going to lie. I love them with all my heart,…

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National Teaching Assistant’s Day 2017

Growing up my mum was a Teaching Assistant, I never really knew what one was but…

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World Physiotherapy Day

On my journey so far, even though we have had tests and numerous trips to different…

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Can charities really help the every day person?

I have always given my £10 a month to a few charities, I didn’t really…

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Things my daughter has taught me: Special Needs Parenting

11 months old and my daughter has taught me more than I have learnt in my life.

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Special Needs Parenting: Breastfeeding with oral dysphagia

As it is World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I would write a little bit about my…

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Special Needs Parenting: You can never research too much

We have started to consider booking up activities for the summer holidays and have…

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Isolated but Finally Finding my Feet

When I had my first three babies, I had a group of mummies who I met up with weekly,…

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