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Special Needs

Real life stories, issues and experiences of day to day life by parents and healthcare professionals.

Special Needs Parents, CoppaFeel! This Month

Let’s talk about boobs, shall we? 

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Special Needs Mom: This is my story

Looking back at where I was three years ago, I would have never known the joy and…

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How to introduce new foods for kids with sensory issues

When it comes to introducing new foods to children, most parents will claim they…

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5 Great US Cities for People with Disabilities

You might think that the most important criteria for living with a disability in…

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Making the Hospital Less Scary for Children

Unfortunately, for kids with special needs and their parents, trips to the hospital…

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How to Keep Kids Entertained During Hospital Stays

For parents, the worst part of having a child go into the hospital for a stay is…

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What Should I Pack in My Hospital Bag?

Naturally, when your child has to go to the hospital for an extended stay, your or…

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Shameless Self-Congratulatory Message

Excuse us, for a little moment, while we self-congratulate and say a few heartfelt…

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Your Questions: My back hurts using the Upsee – what should I do?

Every week we try to answer the most common questions you guys have about the Upsee…

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How to Explain Special Needs and Hospital Stays to Siblings

When your child has to go into the hospital for a stay, it's daunting for everyone…

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Educating the Children in Your Extended Family About Your Child’s Special Needs: Why It Matters

“Cooper talks funny, he's dumber than me even though he's bigger.”…

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Your Questions: Should my child be wearing their splints/braces while using the Upsee?

~You can get answers to your most pressing Upsee and GoTo Seat questions here on…

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What’s the most common lie we tell our children with special needs?

None of us really want to lie to our kids, but they make it so hard not to! Sometimes…

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Robin Williams was a truly great actor, he spent a lifetime pretending he was okay

Depression is cruel, it might be the most vicious of any condition. You can’t…

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How to Talk to People with Big, Scary Disabilities #EndTheAwkward

All week on the blog, we've been discussing making connections - what not…

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We were scared before our son was born. But the real fear came after…

Uriyah was born three-and-a-half years ago and brought with him all the fear and…

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Your Questions: What if my child is too tall for the Upsee?

We want to answer your most important questions here on our blog so everyone can…

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A Worried Parent Needs Your Advice

On Monday we posted ‘Did She really say that? Comments that Enrage Parents…

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Guaranteed to Brighten Your Day: Kids with Disabilities Walking For The First Time

Having a rough day? Then we prescribe 11 clips of pure joy!

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Check Out Tennyson’s Improving Head Control

Parents and therapists ask us about head control a lot. Earlier this week we published…

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Get your Upsee or GoTo Seat in a week

We are pleased to announce that we can now dispatch all orders in one week.…

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My Daughter’s Wheelchair is Only a Transportation Device, It’s Not Her

Angela Byrne lives in Queensland, Australia with three daughters of whom she is fiercely…

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Tell Your Therapist: Upsee Assessment Kits On Sale Now

Therapists can now get a complete Upsee Therapist Kit. The kits come at a special…

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Can the Upsee improve a child’s head control?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get about the Upsee is whether it will…

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15 Sanity-Saving Games to Keep your Kids Occupied in Restaurants

Every so often you will delude yourself and think we are a pleasant, civilised family,…

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Why You Should Love the Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games kick off in 2014 in Glasgow today and we should all be…

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How About This for Family Participation?

Two sporty 13-year-olds, Samantha Eaker and Victoria Stuart, loved going to volleyball…

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7 of the Best Table-top Games for Kids with Disabilities (and the Whole Family)

We like simple games that the whole family can sit around the table and play. 

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Can you really become a family of published authors in 5 days?

We love a good family project. True, it’s almost impossible to get time to…

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10 things a child with a disability would say to inspire us everyday

Hey Mum, I just want to tell you I ache inside when I see you looking at…

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