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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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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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Reflexology

What is Reflexology? Reflexology is an ancient form of therapy practised as a treatment…

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by Ursula Toner
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MT: the forgotten therapy

Our calendar is a colourful mix of codes. PT, physical therapy; OT, occupational…

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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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Eight Phrases Banned from Our Home

1. “The kid at the mall…” Any statement that begins with this…

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by Emily Barbero
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No Longer Alone:  Finding Another SMS Family

My husband, Charlie searched through his wallet and pulled out our son’s kindergarten…

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Hints for Preparing Special Needs Children for Medical Procedures

There is nothing easy about it when your child needs a medical procedure performed.…

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Egg, Diary and Gluten Free Pancake Recipe

Today is Shrove Tuesday, a day when families traditionally eat rich or fatter foods,…

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by Firefly Community
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Hippotherapy (horse-riding therapy)

This week I will focus on Hippotherapy (horse-riding therapy) What is Hippotherapy?…

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by Antonia McVeigh
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My son’s need to go to school matters more than traffic

My son Matthew started attending school a few weeks ago to begin his classroom-based…

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by Jessica Rivera
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VAT Relief for Disabled Children

VAT Relief for Disabled Children Research shows that families in the UK with disabled…

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by The Fundraiser
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Acupuncture as an Alternative Therapy

In this weeks addition of ‘alternative therapies’ I will be giving an…

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by Ursula Toner
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The PT’s Plea to Parents

I have three simple words for Early Intervention success.Let me in.

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by Firefly Community
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You don’t have to be a 24/7 advocate for your child’s condition

I hear the question pretty consistently.  "He is so cute -- but is…

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by Emily Barbero
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Educational Games and Activities for Visual and Tactile Learners

Many individuals who have autism or other special needs are visual and tactile learners,…

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(Not such a baby anymore) baby wearing

When Twinkle was born we didn’t know she had special needs, that was something…

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Pet Therapy as an Alternative Therapy

Over the next few weeks I will be uploading numerous information documents on complementary…

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by Antonia McVeigh
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Let’s talk about our mental health…

Hi, I’m a special needs mum. Oh you are too? Great, let’s talk about…

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by Firefly Community
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Special Needs Parents, Grief and Depression

Whether you had no idea that your child had special needs or even if you had suspected…

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Three Ways to Handle Unsolicited Advice from the ‘Grandma Club’

From the moment that it became apparent that I was pregnant with Mia, I noticed that…

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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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Stop Freaking Out, It’s Just Her Feeding Tube - Raising Children with Special Needs

You may have seen us in the cafe, in the park, or in a restaurant. No matter the…

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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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You can’t care for your child if you don’t care for yourself

Being a parent is tiring and difficult, being a parent to a child with special needs…

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by Natalie Luckett
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I had no idea service dogs helped with other disabilities

Seeing-eye dogs are among the first pets trained to help a person with a disability…

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by Telina Knight
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Searching for Answers

After a short stint in the neo-natal unit due to being born with pneumonia, Hugh…

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by Little Mama Murphy
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If I could travel back to the day of my daughter’s diagnosis, I’d say this…

Diagnosis can come at different times for everyone.

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by Natalie Luckett
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It takes a (bigger) village to raise a special needs child

Have you ever heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”? 

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by Fiona Russo
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The awkward moment your child points at mine: how to turn awkwardness into positivity

Yes, I saw the look of horror on your face as we rolled our adaptive stroller into…

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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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How To Help During a Medical Crisis

One beautiful and unseasonably warm fall day many years ago my husband and I found…

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Do the cons of botox for mobility outweigh the pros?

Early December we went for Bella’s 3rd round of Botox.

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by Natalie Luckett
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My son is almost ready for a hoist - why is it so hard to accept?

This year we are going to be having some adaptions done to our bungalow to make it…

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by Jane Ashton
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One-sided conversations with my non-verbal child

If you were to see me out and about with Mia, you’d think we were having a…

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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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Preparing My Child for Big Life Changes

It’s safe to say BIG changes are coming my son’s way, and fast.

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by Telina Knight
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