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Special Needs

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

Special Needs Siblings

Having 4 children is difficult, I am not going to lie. I love them with all my heart,…

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Special Needs Parenting: When people meet my daughter

In the past, when people would stare... it used to make me feel sad. It made me want…

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5 Travel Tips for Long Haul Flights

We have just come back from an amazing holiday in Florida, 3 weeks in the sun which…

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by Laura Moore
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A Proper Holiday

We had our first "proper" holiday a few months ago. I've been wanting…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Redefining Daddy

I have been many things in my life and I have been called many things (I'm sure)…

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by David Germon
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Being a Working Mum

Alternatively, In Praise of the Stay at Home Dad.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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3 Things I Would Tell My Past Self - If I Could

When I think back to 2009 when William was born it is all a bit of a blur

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by Laura Moore
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Beauty and Cruelty: Sharing Bad News with the Special Needs Child

Nearly thirty years ago, Manchester welcomed this Southerner with open arms.

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by Jane Scott
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Teamwork

Do you sometimes think that everything is up to you?  That if you don’t…

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by Mark Arnold
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Social Media: One of the Greatest Oxymorons There Is?

I mean, just how sociable is social media?

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by Angela Kelly
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5 Things I Would Like People to Know

As far as anyone knows we’re a nice, normal family… so stated the sign…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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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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by Miriam Gwynne
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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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by The Odd Sock Diary
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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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by Mark Arnold
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MPS Awareness Day

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

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by Ger Smyth
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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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by Firefly Community
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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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by Angela Kelly
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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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by Angela Kelly
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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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by The Odd Sock Diary
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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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by Melissa Schlemmer
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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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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Decisions

It is mentioned over and over.  It is put into conversation with doctors, physiologists…

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by Ger Smyth
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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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by Carolyn Voisey
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Global Developmental Delay

Our son is diagnosed with global developmental delay.

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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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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by Rochelle Followes
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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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by The Odd Sock Diary
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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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by Carolyn Voisey
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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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by Miriam Gwynne
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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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by Rochelle Followes
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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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