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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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The Great Clear Out

There is one thing I pretty much loathe doing.

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Happy Birthday Oliver

April 11th, my little man Oliver celebrated his third birthday!

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Special Needs Mum targets shopping complex

Karen England is yet another special needs parent hitting the headlines for…

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Woburn Safari Park criticised for toilet provision

Woburn Safari Park in Milton Keynes, England has been criticised on social media…

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With Friends Like These

The internet is a very valuable tool for parents like us, not just for research purposes…

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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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5 reasons to go shopping with a child with special needs

For many parents shopping with their children is a complete nightmare.

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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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The Truth About Crowdfunding

As CEO of the specialist children’s charity, Tree of Hope, the growing popularity…

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My Non-Verbal Son Can Communicate

Our son is four years old and nonverbal. He does not speak, but he has a lot to say.

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Dear Lidl,

We live just around the corner from one of your stores.

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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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The Day I Discovered SWAN UK

My son was just 21 months when we had our first appointment with a geneticist back…

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Wedding Bells

Over a year ago my Brother and his Fiancé gave Zachariah the lovely task of…

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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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Undiagnosed but not Invisible

Undiagnosed children day is rapidly approaching... it also makes over 1 year since…

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Global Developmental Delay

Our son is diagnosed with global developmental delay.

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Is there ever a right time?

So, we have our meeting coming up with the Consultant to discuss Zachariah’s…

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My Son is Not a Lost Cause

It was our usual Saturday morning and ever since he had woken at 5:30am my non verbal…

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Keeping you and your Little ones Safe When travelling

Every time I contemplate having to travel by airline with my son's wheelchair…

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We might not have a medical degree but we are also experts- experts in our own kids.

I recently set up a joint meeting with some of the professionals involved in Freddie’s…

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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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I would be Lost without mum: Special Needs Parenting

I am acutely aware that not everyone has a Mum prepared to drop everything to help,…

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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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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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Special Needs Parenting: Find the Ability in Disability

I was recently approached by someone who told me they were praying for Zachariah,…

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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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