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

Fairytale of a Special Needs Christmas

It’s Christmas week babe,In our wild house,

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Tired and Grumpy, and that’s just Mummy

I believe the appropriate word is ugg.

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Five things I’ve learned about epilepsy since my son’s diagnosis

1. Not all seizures are the same Prior to my son’s epilepsy diagnosis, I’d…

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Special Needs Parents: Am I being swept under the rug?

After spending the weekend at Camp John Mark, in which they held a weekend camp for…

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Special Needs Parenting: Holiday Heartache

The holidays are upon us! Get togethers, holiday traditions, shopping, and gift giving.

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Special Needs Parents: How do you do it?

I bet that every single one of you reading this has either said this statement or…

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Special Needs Families: A Weekend of Fun and Inclusion

This past weekend the Hinkley family took to the road for the annual Spina Bifida…

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Special Needs Parenting: Lessons learned in 2017

I know we are only 90 something % into 2017 but already I am feeling quite reflective…

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Special Needs Families: What do they see when they look at me?

What do they see when they look at me? 

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Tube Feeding - One Year On

A friend of mine recently spoke to me about their concerns over the gastrostomy as…

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Special Needs Parenting: Craving normality

One of the absolute worst times is when our children are poorly. 

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Special Needs Families: When there’s no room for the basics

I have a question for you; what do you do when you have an individual who uses a…

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I don’t want to be a carer, I want to be a mum

I don’t want to dress you each morning, even though you’re old enough…

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5 Great Survival Thanksgiving Tips for Families with Special Needs Children

Thanksgiving can bring on host of special needs complications and feelings for a…

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The Life of a Carer

When I tell people that I am a carer, they generally ask where I work. They take…

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Feeling the Pressure

After something of a hiatus over summer it’s good to be back as a (relatively)…

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5 Ways to Keep Warm in a Wheelchair this Winter

It’s extra difficult to keep warm when you’re sitting still and unable…

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by Laura Moore
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Invisible Disability, Invisible Child?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it?  

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The Pressure to be a Better Person - Anxiety and Me

This month we had World Mental Health day.  I wanted to get my two cents in…

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If at first you don’t succeed - Our own personal battles with the authorities

We have just been victorious in our third giant battle against the powers-that-be,…

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Special Needs Campaigns: Why I am losing the will to fight for Changing Places toilets

You probably know me for being a prolific campaigner for changing places toilets. …

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parents: Regrets

We don’t talk about them much, but I think most people have regrets - Mr. Sinatra…

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10 Special Needs Books to Curl Up to on a Cold Winter’s Day

As the weather changes sometimes there is nothing you'd like to do more than…

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by Stacy Warden
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Special Needs Parents: Accepting change

Accepting and embracing change has never been easy for me. I'm not known for…

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Special Needs Parenting: Raising a perfectionist

Last night was parent’s night at my daughter's school. She has additional…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Fundraising: Five ways to help your favourite charity

This month there are two big fundraising campaigns which keep popping up on my social…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parents: Making friends through our children’s conditions

Once upon a time we were drifting through our happy, ‘typical’ lives,…

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by Emily Sutton
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Special Needs: Undiagnosed is disabled

“what’s wrong with your baby?” “I don’t know”…

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Special Needs Parenting: What a difference a year makes

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

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by Emily Sutton
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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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ADHD Awareness

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children & teens and…

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Baby Loss Awareness: Our Darling Daughter

A single heartbeat,  Constant tears,   There wasn’t enough, …

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