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It Gets Easier…

…and harder in some ways, but don’t worry, you’ve got this!

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‘Lost Voice Guy’ wins Britain’s Got Talent

Is this a disability watershed moment?

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Five Celebrities with Children with Special Needs

To us normal folk, celebrities seem to have it all and at times seem almost invincible…

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Cut these 5 things from the diet of kids with special needs

One of the biggest mistakes I see when it comes to parents incorporating nutrition…

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by Malorie Blake (MS, RDN, LDN)
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Changing Places Conference 2015

If I’m completely honest I wasn’t really looking forward to the very…

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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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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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Hippotherapy (horse-riding therapy)

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

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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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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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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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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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Searching for Answers

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

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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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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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Don’t Call My Kid Dumb

One thing I absolutely hate hearing is “What’s wrong with your kid and…

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by Telina Knight
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You soon find out who your friends are…

It’s a bit of a cliché isn’t it – you soon find out who…

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“Dear Outraged Onlooker, I Know It’s Cold, But You Try Keeping Clothes on This Kid”

I am writing an open letter to the people in our town. 

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by Jessica Rivera
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The Benefits of Confiding in a Stranger when you are a Special Needs Parent

Not only do you suddenly wake up with your life flipped upside down when you hear…

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What it means to be an Aunt and a Sister

​Being a mum of two, Grace aged 6 and Joe aged 4, I know how difficult it can be…

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It’s rude to stare! Or is it?

There are very few mums and dads of kids with special needs who haven’t been…

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Three Books That Teach Other Children About Disabilities

May is Short Story Month, and we’re encouraging everyone to read and share…

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by Telina Knight
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As Charlie Gets Bigger, Our Home Seems to Get Less Accessible

My parents have always been nomadic.  Dad is a builder and except for my high…

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by Fiona Russo
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World Smith-Magenis Syndrome Day

Our journey with Smith Magenis Syndrome “Don’t wipe your hands on the…

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Undiagnosed Event - Northern Ireland

Today, the Firefly Garden attended SWAN UK’s Undiagnosed Event in Northern…

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The News that Jade has Cerebral Palsy changed everything

Since we started Jade with physiotherapy things changed dramatically. We had to come…

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by Caro Robbertze
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Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Care What you can Afford For Your Child

Having a child with CP can bring a lot of expenses. Medical Aid in South Africa does…

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by Caro Robbertze
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“Are You Okay?” - The Question Special Needs Parents Always Answer With a Lie

A good friend of mine looked me straight in the eye a few weeks ago and asked me…

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by Natalie Luckett
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Did Having a Son With a Disability Make Me a Better Parent to His ‘Typical’ Brother?

I'd better whisper this...(sometimes my typical child is harder work than my…

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