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

Special Needs Parenting: My Christmas wish list

I can remember writing out my Christmas wish list as a child, excited for all the…

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First Christmas

I am one of those people that like to have everything bought for Christmas by August.

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Fourth of July and the Fear of Loud Noises

The fourth of July always brings lots of excitement and joy here in the United States. 

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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The Power of a Hug

'If you could go anywhere in the world to do a good deed for someone, where would…

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by Sally Mitcham
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The Definition of a Friend

friend/frɛnd - nouna person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection,

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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How Not to Parent: Summer Holiday Edition

Over the past eight years I have been taking part in a social experiment called the…

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by Jane Scott
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Gear Up to Get Cycling

Whether you enjoy being outside in the fresh air, the wind blowing in your hair,…

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by Hayley Goleniowska
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Welcome to the Family

Newly inducted to The Special Needs Parenting Club? You may not feel it’s the…

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by Jane Scott
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Holidays are Hard

There is no shame is admitting summer holidays are hard.

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by Miriam Gwynne
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The Chosen One

We all have done it and have seen that Facebook can be one of the many places for…

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Birthdays - Celebration or Grieving?

Another year gone by, another birthday for our child with additional needs, but how…

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by Mark Arnold
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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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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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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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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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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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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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