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Robert Stanley

I am a 27 year old father to a special needs child. I run a small business and work a full time job to provide for his medical needs.

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What Can We Do About Disability Blues?

Some of us learn before our children are born that they will be born special. Others…

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Defying Stigmas

“Is he slow?”  “He's delayed? You're just not working…

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The Homework Blues

Homework. That word really makes me cringe. To me, it's equivalent to phrases…

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Surviving Kindergarten: the First Month of School for a Developmentally Delayed Child

It's September, which means school is in full-swing. This year is a major milestone…

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How to Help Special Education Teachers Get to Know Your Child

So many times, the problems that parents, teachers and children face in special…

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Most Common Conditions in Special Needs Children Awaiting Adoption

Definitions of ‘special needs’ vary significantly among jurisdictions.…

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15 Quick Tips for Welcoming a Newly-Adopted Special Needs Child into Your Home

Completing the adoption was a large project, but don’t plan on taking a break…

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Should I Adopt A Child With Special Needs?

The parent or family considering adoption knows that adding a child to the home will…

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Did Having a Son With a Disability Make Me a Better Parent to His ‘Typical’ Brother?

I'd better whisper this...(sometimes my typical child is harder work than my…

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Tips for Helping Your Child Make Friends in a Special Classroom

As a parent of a child with learning disabilities, one of my biggest fears is that…

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The 3 People I Always Meet When I’m Out With My Disabled Child

So, I am mum to 2 amazing little boys: a 5 year old who is severely disabled and…

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What Do I Do When the Doctor Won’t Listen?

In 2012, Mail Online UK reported a mother's harrowing tale of her ten-year-old…

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How to Interact With Your Child’s Medical Team

Doctors. They're the ones who seemingly hold all the answers concerning the health…

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Most Accessible Cities for Disabled Vacationers

Family holidays always require loads of planning. Everyone wants to see something…

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How to Make It Easier for Disabled People to Visit Your Store

Profit margins are razor’s edge thin these days, so the idea of trying to help…

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How to introduce new foods for kids with sensory issues

When it comes to introducing new foods to children, most parents will claim they…

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5 Great US Cities for People with Disabilities

You might think that the most important criteria for living with a disability in…

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Making the Hospital Less Scary for Children

Unfortunately, for kids with special needs and their parents, trips to the hospital…

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How to Keep Kids Entertained During Hospital Stays

For parents, the worst part of having a child go into the hospital for a stay is…

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What Should I Pack in My Hospital Bag?

Naturally, when your child has to go to the hospital for an extended stay, your or…

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Shameless Self-Congratulatory Message

Excuse us, for a little moment, while we self-congratulate and say a few heartfelt…

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Your Questions: My back hurts using the Upsee – what should I do?

Every week we try to answer the most common questions you guys have about the Upsee…

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How to Explain Special Needs and Hospital Stays to Siblings

When your child has to go into the hospital for a stay, it's daunting for everyone…

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How to Prepare a Child with Special Needs for Hospital Stay

There are so many tough situations parents of special needs children experience.…

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It’s a Kinda Magic! How Kids with Hemiplegia can use Developing Tricks

Everybody loves a bit of magic – the mystery, sleight of hand, skill and theatre…

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Five Things Only a Parent of Children with Special Needs Knows

We wanted to hear what our regular contributors (Hayley Goleniowska, Dawn Hamilton, Stacey…

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Educating the Children in Your Extended Family About Your Child’s Special Needs: Why It Matters

“Cooper talks funny, he's dumber than me even though he's bigger.”…

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20 Great Disability Quotes

"Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’…

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Classmates with Poor Language Skills Have a Negative Effect on Children with Disabilities

A recent report published in Psychological Science reveals the influence…

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