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

Zowie Kaye

My Big Fat Greek Family – we love our food and love each other even more. We're a like liquorice allsorts, all a bit different. I’m a full time working mum and married my best friend Jay. I thought my life was great until I became a mum and then realised it was complete. A few of our family allsorts may seem broken – they are not, they are just a bit different!

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Special Needs Parenting: No thanks mum, I don’t want a story

As a child I was a keen reader and was ahead of the reading level of others my age.…

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Special Needs Mums: A letter to my 24 year old pregnant self

Yes, it's exciting and you can't wait

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Autism: Secondary Education - The next step

November 2016 and I have just had Cameron’s year 4 statement (Education, Health…

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Christmas with Autism: But I don’t like

There is not one part of the spectrum that is easier or harder than the other.

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Special Needs Christmas: But I didn’t ask for that

Christmas 2014 was a bit of a game changer in our household, yes we had done the…

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“Please just one bite” - Introducing new foods

I remember back to when my son was about 18 months old and he suddenly stopping eating…

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Days Out - Eating out with a fussy eater

As an SEN parent we all know the military precision of our lives, our routines

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“This feels funny”... Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

We as a family are four to five years into our diagnosed journey.  

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End of another school year, holidays and childcare

We ASD parents don’t tend to welcome the end of the school holidays with the…

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The ability to adapt….......

In addition to my son's ASD he has issues with his eyes. Over the years this…

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I just want to protect him…

A few months ago in a blog I told you how Cameron had played outside the front of…

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Autism: Myth Busting

As a mum to a now eight year old with autism, our journey started out rocky. …

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What are the odds?

It’s as if once you become a parent there is this category that you fall into.…

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How do we let go…even just a little?

I am fortunate that every week, Cameron has a nice balance of after school…

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Special Needs Parenting: Why won’t they help us…

“Zowie did you know that you are able to claim for DLA?” – No!

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Special needs parenting: The perception of honesty

I’m in a reflective mood today after a hospital visit with my son yesterday.…

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Raising kids with special needs: The things autism makes parents do

Micro Machines many will remember as a 1980’s-1990’s craze. So it’s…

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Raising kids with special needs: Do you even know…

There was a time after the initial diagnosis where I was worried about my son’s…

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Autism: Diagnosis Day

​Rewind back to 13:40pm on 27/06/2012, we had been sent to the hospital canteen…

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Raising kids with special needs: Helicopter Parent equals Autism Parent

When I searched for the definition this is what came up…

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Raising kids with special needs: Multiplex families - it’s in the genes

I’m taking this one right back to the 80’s; 25-30 years ago. Not so we…

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Autism Milestones

The diagnosis was a relief in some ways, although I mourned the loss of the child…

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