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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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When your Child is Terrified of Being on Red

Every morning I walk my chatting, bubbly girl to school and every morning I watch…

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The Judgement of Mothers: When Breast Isn’t Best

I have no problem with any mother who breastfeeds her baby in public. 

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A Special Needs Dad’s Perspective

Yesterday evening, after I’d helped my son to shower and get ready for bed,…

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MPS Awareness Day

It’s the same date every year.15th of May.

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7 top tips for maintaining good mental health

We asked special needs parents for their top tips to maintain good mental health...

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Special Needs Parents: There’s no time - I’m exhausted!

A common problem that parents of children with additional needs find themselves left…

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Post Diagnosis: Who looks after special needs parents?

All parents everywhere are busier than ever before – they have to combine raising…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In Defence of the Stay at Home Mum

Negative assumptions are something I have come to expect. Nevertheless I am still…

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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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Our New Badge

When I was a child I had these little books with photographs in and each time you…

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World Health day 2017

So here we are, another World Health Day has come around. Do you ever wonder what…

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World Health Day

I am advised that April the 7th is "World Health Day". This makes…

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I Have Learned a Lesson

I have learned a lesson recently. A few things have happened that have led me to…

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April Fools

April the first is known as a day for spreading practical jokes and hoaxes. Sadly…

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Just Why Are There So Many Special Needs Blogs?

It’s a valid question for the genuinely curious.

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Epilepsy - Seize the Moment

Let me just start here by saying seizures SUCK.

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