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Rebecca Toal

Blessed, busy mum to four beautiful girls, the youngest with complex special needs due to extreme prematurity. We are always looking for ways to make Brielle happy and help her live life to the full! I love being a mum, getting outdoors with my family, baking, blogging and crafting smile

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Raising Kids with Special Needs: Do Your Child’s Disabilities Limit You?

Have you ever had anyone say to you that you couldn’t do something because…

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Sitting 101: Tips and Tricks to Encourage Independent Sitting

Sitting is an exciting milestone that provides children the opportunity to explore…

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Becoming a Working Parent of a Child with Special Needs

In exactly a month, I’ll be going back to University and hospital placement…

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3 Things You Can’t Buy This Christmas - Raising a Child with Special Needs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, again…the countdown to Christmas…

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4 Steps to Gradual Potty Progress - Raising a Child with Special Needs

You would think after successfully potty-training three children, my fourth would…

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The Support We Get Isn’t Perfect But We Are Grateful - Raising Children with Disabilities

My child has a disability. In fact she has multiple disabilities. I clearly remember…

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A Happy Day of Whole Family Participation - Raising Children with Disabilities

We were at a great event yesterday hosted by the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s…

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Why Swing Therapy Matters in Early Intervention Programs - Pediatric Physical Therapy

I did not mean this post to sound rant-y, but I realise it kind of does…

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The Weight Bearing and Trunk Control Exercise My Daughter with CP Loves

I woke up at the crack of dawn whilst we were staying at a beautiful villa hotel…

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Why I Gladly Volunteer My Daughter for Research into Children with Disabilities

We had a researcher with us yesterday and today. She left the hussle and bustle of…

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How We Got a Little Pick-Me-Up from a Disability Equipment Hand-Me-Down

It was a chance encounter one afternoon at an indoor play centre. I’d brought…

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A New Experience With Our Friends: Donkey Assisted Therapy

The girls and I recently enjoyed a trip to the Donkey Sanctuary (Templepatrick, Belfast),…

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Thank Goodness for Big Sisters (and Baby Wipes) - Raising Children with Disabilities

I’m the mother of four little sweethearts, all girls. I am so incredibly thankful…

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Exploring the Community Garden

The other day, we had a swim at Nana’s local pool with our cousins. Then we…

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Moving House Stress - Raising Children with Special Needs

We recently moved house. Brielle is taking it all in her stride, although I’ve…

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The Report From The Educational Psychologist: Raising Children with Disabilities

I was in tears at the end of the conversation. I could hardly answer her. The lady…

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Simple Stones: Raising Children with Disabilities

Today my daughter had a fabulous time playing with stones. No, we don’t live…

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Priorities change when you have a child with Special Needs

Boy how my priorities have shifted since a certain little girl entered my life. I…

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The Beauty of Communication: Special Needs Parenting

I remember clearly as if it were yesterday, hearing the little cries of the other babies…

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Special Needs Parenting - Being a Voice for your Child

With over four years of special needs parenting under my belt, and I have a whole…

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Why I’m delighted my daughter’s trousers are torn and muddy

“Well that wasn’t very smart” was my husband’s first…

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It’s OK not to know what to say to parents whose kids have a disability

If you are a parent to a child with special needs, you’ve no doubt had your…

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Special Needs Parenting - Dealing with Guilt

Being a special needs mama, I have dealt with many ‘what if?’ questions.…

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Special needs parenting: “I could never do what you do”

I am a trained nurse. However, I’ve chosen to hang up my nursing hat for a…

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