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The Odd Sock Diary

Down’s Syndrome, my family and me – one mum’s account of family life with an extra chromosome.

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Hands-On Learning

Quite a while ago now, I received a letter from Freddie’s school asking whether…

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What’s the difference?

I recently went to a SkillShare workshop on Supporting Children with Down’s…

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Picnics R’ Us

My favourite picnicking memory is, perhaps, a little odd, but it’s my favourite…

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Cheating at Barbecues

I have a love-hate relationship with barbecues. I love the idea – an informal…

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Technology and Biscuits

I am not ashamed to admit that, when on a flight, I use technology and biscuits to…

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Choose your Weapons

A relative of mine insists on referring to Freddie (and anyone like him) as ‘a…

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Why ‘Special Needs’ Parents Really Are Super-Parents

​A while ago, I saw a meme somewhere on social media which said: ‘I am a…

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Special Needs Parenting: Mummy’s Baby!

​I never used ‘baby talk’ with my children – I could never see…

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Home Truths

​I’ve written before about how I don’t really notice whether or not…

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How special is ‘Special’?

Freddie is six, but for various reasons we often use one of the big Maclaren special…

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Special Needs Parenting: Passing the Test

‘She made a perfect tableau of pampered maternal contentment, reclining on…

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Special Needs Parenting: Elephants in the Room

It is a common misconception that most babies with Down’s Syndrome are born…

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Special Needs Holidays and Travelling: My Top Tips for Holidays and Days Out

These are my top tips for holidays and days out. Before we start, there are two items…

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Why I chose to put my son in Special School

​One day, a couple of years ago, I went to the doctor’s surgery to collect…

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Special Needs Parenting: The Judgement of Strangers

​I have often heard, and read, about special needs parents who say that they and…

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Special Needs Parenting: A Date with Ourselves

I’ve been asked out on a date.

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Why I never grieved over my child’s diagnosis

More than half my pregnancies ended in miscarriage.  Each time it happened I…

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Why my Dad is a Superdad, by Freddie

My Dad is a Superdad. My dad is a Superdad because… By Freddie aged 6.

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