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

Sally Davies

Me and my two beautiful girls

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Will A Furry Friend Ease Our Disabled Son’s Isolation?

Should we? Shouldn’t we? We had numerous discussions about it and even wrote…

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by Jane Ashton
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Special Needs Adoption: Who Can I Speak To?

If you have found yourself drawn to children with special needs, you may be considering…

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My Daughter Started School Today - And I’m Terrified For Us Both

This morning I dropped my daughter off for her first full day at Infant School. …

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by Natalie Luckett
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Having a special child – not special needs child

People used to anger me when they said there was nothing wrong with my child. But…

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by Caro Robbertze
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Cinco coisas que só um pai de crianças com especial necessidades knows

Queríamos ouvir o que os nossos contribuintes habituas (Hayley Goleniowska, Dawn…

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Será que ela realmente disse isso ? 10 comentários que Enrage Pais de Crianças com Deficiência

Eu não posso acreditar. Será que ela realmente disse isso ?

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Teachable Moments

As an Early Childhood Educator, I am big on 'teachable moments'. A teachable…

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by Julie Brocklehurst
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My Daughter is Not a ‘Vegetable’

I don’t blog.  I enjoy reading other people’s blogs, but putting…

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by Fiona Russo
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SPANISH Five Things Only a Parent of Children

Queríamos saber lo que nuestros contribuidores (Hayley Goleniowska, Dawn…

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Special Needs Education: Clever Tasks All Kids Can Benefit From

Children who are in special education classrooms don't always perform well academically,…

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by Telina Knight
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Special Needs Adoption: Financial Support Options

Children with special needs can be costly to support. Depending on their needs, they…

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Special Needs Adoption: How to Help Kids Get To Know Their New Sibling

A new sibling is reason for excitement and envy: excitement about a newcomer and…

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Surviving Kindergarten: Know Your Rights

In the second Surviving Kindergarten blog, I talked about my concerns over Cooper's…

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by Telina Knight
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Four Hazards to Look For During Special Needs Adoptions

Adoption always requires significant adjustments from the family and the adopted…

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There’s Nothing ‘Wrong’ with My Son

“What's wrong with him?” I hate that question. It implies that my…

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by Telina Knight
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Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner: The Woes of Disciplining Your Special Needs Child

My least favorite part of parenting is disciplining Cooper. I'm sure it's…

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by Telina Knight
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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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by Telina Knight
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Defying Stigmas

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

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by Telina Knight
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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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by Telina Knight
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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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