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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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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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by Melissa Schlemmer
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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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by Carolyn Voisey
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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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by Ger Smyth
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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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It can’t just be me…can it?

I count myself incredibly lucky. Not only is my husband my best friend, but we have…

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Stop Comparing

I have seen this time and time again. I know that this may come as a surprise to…

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Thought for the Day

Inspirational quotes, you know the ones. They pop up on your face book feed with…

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The Importance of Family

I remember as a child hearing people say that as long as you have your health then…

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You’ll Never Know

I was chatting with a friend a while ago about our daily life and I mentioned something…

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A Special Relationship

My eldest son, Sean, is just 14 months older than his profoundly disabled younger…

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National Young Carers Day

He drops his bag by the sitting room door. I ask how his day was. I generally get…

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by Ger Smyth
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A Poster Girl for Disability

Years ago, we had a disastrous meal out. Pearl was present but not yet born, perhaps…

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5 Things I am Tired of Hearing as a Parent of a Disabled Child

My son, William, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user. …

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by Laura Moore
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Groundhog Day

I recently watched the film Ground Hog Day. If you haven’t watched the film,…

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Keeping your Cool

I was doing a bit of research for this post and found myself fully side tracked and…

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It’s Okay to Mourn

My daughter is now 17 months and I have only just accepted that it is ok to mourn.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Dear Specialist

We have waited many months for your appointment. Questions have been forming in my…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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In with the Old and Out with the New

It’s the other way around for most people but we are not most people.

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by Ger Smyth
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Splashy Review

We have tried out numerous bath products with William over the years but none of…

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by Laura Moore
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5 Ways to Reduce your Stress Levels This New Year

Being a special needs parent is stressful, we all know that!  So here are 5…

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by Laura Moore
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Top Tips for Making a Hospital Stay More Comfortable for Parents of Disabled Children

I consider myself rather lucky because although William has had his fair share of…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parenting: Finding kindness and the perfect shoes

I am normally an Amazon.com kind of Mom.  

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The Time was Right: Telling my son about autism

I had this perfect plan in my head of how I would tell my son about his autism diagnosis. 

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Three New Year’s Resolutions that would help my family

Yes I’m afraid it’s yet another blog about those silly New Year’s…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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New Year, New Me?

We have all said it... With the New Year, comes new ideas, changes, hopes, beliefs. 

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Special Needs Parenting: As seen on TV

Life is busy. It’s not always easy for couples to find uninterrupted time…

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Special needs families: When a tweet from a car park made me angry at Christmas

A friend recently had some difficulty parking at her local hospital. 

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