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Sam Bowen

Hi I’m Sam, Mum to Lucy who is has complex special needs but is the happiest person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting! I own Hip-Pose Ltd, a brand of clothing I designed for babies with hip dysplasia (which Lucy had). I’m also a fundraiser for her school PTA and in my spare time (if I get any!) I sew and make crafty stuff.

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Z is for Zoo

In my self-imposed challenge to blog my way through the alphabet about special needs…

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P is for Poo

Okay so I apologise from the get go that in my long list of posts through the alphabet…

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V is for Voice

Unlike other parents of special needs children I know, no doctor has ever told…

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W is for Wheelchair

In my self-imposed challenge to blog my way through the alphabet about special needs…

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X is for X-ray

I can count on perhaps one hand how many X-rays I have had in my life. Once when…

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U is for Unique

We all like to think we are a unique don’t we? A bit special, destined for…

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M is for Money

Religion, Politics, Money... The three big things we are warned not to talk…

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S is for Sleep

“Sssshhh she’s just dropped off to sleep” ... says my husband to…

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T is for Therapy

I’m back on the therapy cycle again, that little hamster wheel of hope and…

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R is for Relatives

Relatives and how they behave within a family with a child who has special needs…

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Q is for questions

Questions, I find I have a lot of them. In fact seven years on from Lucy’s…

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O is for Organisation

I admit it, I’ve never been top of the class for my organisation skills. I…

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N is for Nature

I was lucky enough to grow up in an age and location where freedom to explore the…

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H is for ... Hospitals

Before I had my daughter I’d only been into hospital three times. Once when…

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E is for ... Epilepsy

There are many wonderful blog articles out there about Epilepsy, one of my favourites…

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G is for .... Genetics

If it wasn’t for a ‘faulty’ or ‘quirky’ set of genes…

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I is for Identity

The house phone rings early one evening and so starts a humorous conversation when…

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L is for Lemons

Have you ever heard the phrase “When life gives you lemons, learn to make lemonade”?…

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F is for… Fear

In one of my favourite books, The Life of Pi, the author writes about fear. He says,…

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J is for Justice

Without going into detail, please believe me when I say that I know what it is like…

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K is for Karyotyping

Karyotyping in layman’s terms, is the test which looks at a person’s…

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D is for…Diagnosis: Special Needs Parenting

I have a snap shot memory. 

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Raising Kids with Special Needs: Learning not to compare

​C was definitely one letter that conjured up a lot of words for me…

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Raising a child with special needs: B is for Brave

“I think you’re so brave” said a friend to me one afternoon over…

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Raising a child with special needs: A-Z

This year, just for kicks, I’ve set myself the challenge of blogging about…

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Special Needs Mastermind

Samantha Bowen, three minutes on your specialist subject (insert from list below)…

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Special Needs Families: Happy Holidays

I know most parents, perhaps especially special needs parents, are breathing a sigh…

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Extreme Changing: Special Needs Families

We have become quite inventive my husband and I when faced with the need to tend…

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Blues and Twos: Special Needs Parenting

A friend of mine recently posted on face book about a trip she’d taken to A&E…

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GoTo Shop Trolley Dash

​For a couple of years now I’ve found taking my daughter, Lucy, food shopping…

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