Special Needs Parenting: What a difference a year makes

“He who laughs most, learns best” – John Cleese.  In September…

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Special Needs Parenting: Acceptance is key

Few of us knew about our children’s conditions before they were born and even…

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Global Day of Parents

Some people plan to be parents, take all the organisation and preparation in delight. 

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Being a Working Mum

Alternatively, In Praise of the Stay at Home Dad.

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Beauty and Cruelty: Sharing Bad News with the Special Needs Child

Nearly thirty years ago, Manchester welcomed this Southerner with open arms.

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Social Media: One of the Greatest Oxymorons There Is?

I mean, just how sociable is social media?

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5 Things I Would Like People to Know

As far as anyone knows we’re a nice, normal family… so stated the sign…

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Special Needs

Of Bikes and Unicorns

As the parent of a disabled child I have a heartfelt wish to see a world that is…

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Comfee Seat

We started the process months ago.We talked about it.

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Ahh…Someone’s Coming to Visit!

A humorous look in the mind of a special needs mum when a professional is coming…

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When Even the Specialists Don’t Know

Most days Sam’s status as a child who is undiagnosed just doesn’t bother…

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Woods and Trees

So, I may well have waxed lyrical about how it doesn’t actually matter to me…

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The Electric Wheelchair

We’ve had it for almost two years now. At first it was daunting; going out…

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Thinking of the Special Needs Moms that are Struggling on Mother’s Day

After a long night caring and keeping your child with special needs safe, comfortable…

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Having Children at Different Schools

As I fill my washing machine yet again with dirty laundry I am yet again reminded…

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Surprising me Every Day

Being punched in the nose, having your cheeks wiped with saliva hands and all the…

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Does the Age you Achieve Actually Matter?

Did you know universities actually seek 'mature students' and some employers…

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Special Needs Parenting: Is this as good as it gets?

I’ve had a feeling for a while now – this is as good as it gets.

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Confessions of Special Needs Parents

From the ForumReal life confessions from special needs parents…

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If I Could Write a Letter to Me

If I could write a letter to myself, I would start with telling myself that it is…

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Decisions

It is mentioned over and over.  It is put into conversation with doctors, physiologists…

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An Upgraded Easter

As some of you may remember, Oliver started playing sports for a local organization…

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A Peek into the Future of an Autistic Child

I often wonder what my children are going to be like when they grow up, 

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Three Ways to Help Support the Sibling of a Special Needs Child

The school called me about my daughter. She was saying she wasn't feeling well…

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

This week we got the news that the Council are happy with the plans for Sam’s…

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Podcast: “I’ve got this Facebook friend…”

In this episode of the Firefly Community Podcast Anna narrates one of our popular…

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What is it like to parent a child with epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition estimated to affect more than 500,000 people in the UK, including…

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What this 8 Year Old with Autism Wants To Do for her Disabled Brother

It had been a long week of having her brother go to hospital for an MRI to check…

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Special Siblings

Aren’t siblings great?! I for one am so thankful for my three sibs, and for…

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Advice for Parents of a newly Diagnosed Child with Autism

Your child has just been diagnosed with Autism. You have been up all night frantically…

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The Normal Family

When my daughter was in Primary school, one of her classmates said: ‘You’re…

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Lunch Date with a Tubie

In a rare twist of fate, on a day when I actually had a decent time for lunch Sam…

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