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Special Needs Bloggers

Meet our Firefly Community bloggers providing you with their unique, meaningful and insightful thought pieces

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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10 things you didn’t know about special needs Dads

In December 2008 my life changed forever, my first child was born, the most beautiful…

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A Day in the Life of Dad: Christopher and Cameron

Firefly presents the next in our series of posts dedicated to fab fathers!

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A day in the life of Dad: Steve and Stan

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, so this week the Firefly blog is celebrating…

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I Refuse to Let My Child Miss Out Because of a Disability

Being a part of a group matters to everyone.

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More Great Upsee Adventures on Instagram

Our Firefly friends are really busy on Facebook but it's not the only place you'll…

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Five Tips for Helping Kids with Special Needs Flourish Through Gardening

If your child has a disability, you discover a lot of challenges and frustrations…

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Laughing at Cerebral Palsy: 5 Comedians with CP

There are lots of reasons we're happy about so many comedians with CP appearing…

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NFL Superstar Helps Arrange A Very Special Prom Date

We love this! Firefly friends stateside probably know Washington Redskins Quarterback, Robert…

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Young Sports Coaches with Disabilities On the Rise

Disability sports keep growing. More and more sports are being adapted, and recent…

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Lilo and Stitch Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Special Needs Family Participation

Lilo and Stitch is amazing. We love it. And it doesn't matter that we're…

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Let’s Transform Childcare for Kids with Disabilities

Here’s a fantastic chance to really make your voice heard.

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If You Don’t Read This No One Will Like You

Living with special needs is expensive. Families don’t get bags of money handed…

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Attention everyone in the UK!

There have been rumours circulating about something called ‘summer’.

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Disability on Kids TV: Where’s the Early Intervention for Prejudice?

We’ve seen a lot of recent progress regarding representation of disabilities…

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Grandparenting a Child with Special Needs

In every family, grandparents play a hugely important role, both in the life of the…

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Animal Therapy for Children With Special Needs

Everyone is familiar with the idea of service or assistance animals – animals…

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SEN reforms – what do they mean for your family?

In September 2014 new legislation takes effect in England and Wales that changes…

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Making a meal of it

“The family that eats together stays together” goes the old saying, but…

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3 Tips for Making Tummy-Time More Fun

It’s widely accepted now that ‘tummy-time’ is important for any…

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Our Family Rules: No One Gets Left Behind

When I was little, Christmas Day unfolded in a very specific way. (Don’t worry,…

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Let’s help more kids with disabilities to make a splash

Disabilities have a nasty habit of getting in the way of enjoying a swimming pool,…

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The Upsee is Going Places

The Upsee lets lots of kids embark on new adventures. Many can and will go places never…

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15 Amazing Things To Do in Your GoTo Seat

The GoTo Seat has been a revelation for many of our Firefly Friends trying to get involved…

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16 Amazing Things To Do in Your GoTo Seat

The GoTo Seat has been a revelation for many of our Firefly Friends trying to get involved…

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Preparing Kids for Hospital the Family Participation Way

For some children with special needs, preparing for a sleepover at granny’s…

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Can the Upsee help with sensory therapies?

One mother contacted us recently describing how her child loves the close physical…

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Extended Returns Policy

Good news everybody! We can now extend the Upsee returns policy to 42 days (6…

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Can Yoga Really Help Kids with Disabilities?

Firefly has tried yoga. It’s really difficult. It hurts. And it’s uncomfortable.…

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New hope that more kids will get the chance to walk with SDR

Hopes are rising that the NHS in England may be have a change of heart over funding…

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Firefly CEO Explains Upsee Ordering & Shipping

A Firefly customer, Jessica Schedeneck, recently got in to touch to share some concerns…

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