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Special Needs Bloggers

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

Tina Medlock

Slight crazy Yorkshire mum charting her son's autism journey. Shortlisted for BAPS SEND Newcomer Award.

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Who is She?

Who is She? She is the one we seek comfort from.

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Everything Happens for a Reason…?

A facebook friend of mine recently posted a link to an interview with a woman who…

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Why I Love the Firefly GoTo Shop

Tesco's motto is every little helps. It’s a particularly apt motto if you're…

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week

One of the lesser known eating disorders is ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake…

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Do You Feel Like Your Life is on Hold?

I was supposed to be on a flight this morning to America. 

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Our Rare Disease Story

When my daughter was born in 2015, I knew my world would never be the same. …

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Finding a Rare Disease Family

rare ADJECTIVE (of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often.

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When Every Day is Rare Disease Day

Officially, a disease is classed as rare if it affects fewer than 1 in 2,000 people. 

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Rare Diseases Aren’t That Rare

It’s funny how one day a year we are supposed to shout from the rooftops about…

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Why I will Continue to Use the Term Special Needs

I have a son with extraordinary needs, special needs.

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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One in a Million

This month we are celebrating Rare Disease Day.

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Eco-Friendly

For most people, seeing That episode of Blue Planet 2 was probably the first time…

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Mum Competitions

When I was pregnant with my first child, people warned me not to be a Mum whose baby…

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Being a Single Special Needs Parent for a Week

Parenting is… TOUGH, isn’t it? Parenting a child with extra physical,…

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by Rebecca Toal
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Little Acts of Kindness

I always want to see the good in people; irritatingly, I have often been disappointed. 

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A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

‘Good friends show their love in times of trouble, not just in times of happiness’…

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3 Ways to Help Siblings Bond when One has a Disability

I grew up as one of four children. There were times when we were best friends and…

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A Few Tips for Flu Season

This time of year is always scary. Flu season. This year already it has caused the…

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Silver Linings

I am so fed up of having a disabled child being deemed as a negative thing and so…

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Please would someone stop the world for a moment?

Because I want to get off. 2016 was brutal and its friend 2017 has not been pleasant…

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A Good Deed

As we all know, with the new year comes the dreaded reset on insurance deductibles.

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Happy Valentine’s to my Village

It takes a village. A tribe. A family. Raising a child with special needs isn’t…

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Valentine’s Day is Different Now

It was once a day where you rushed through the front door, waving your handmade masterpiece…

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Saint Valentine and Seizures

When you think of Valentine’s Day, I suspect you think of cards, flowers, hearts…

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Waiting Room Woes

I could feel the blood rushing to my head. I knew I was the center of attention,…

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The Mystery of the Blue Badge

There is obviously something mysterious and complex about the Blue Badge. Ah yes,…

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Learning Social Cues

I was watching a documentary about Autism, and it got me thinking back to my boy.

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When your child’s mental health is a concern

If there was one thing I wished people could understand about mental health it would…

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A New Furry Pal

I remember early on, well after receiving Oliver’s diagnosis, looking in to…

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