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Special Needs

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

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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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World Smith-Magenis Syndrome Day

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

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Christmas present ideas! (For under £100)

​After the kids have gone to sleep (or until they’re back up again anyway)…

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Undiagnosed Event - Northern Ireland

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

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by Firefly Community
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Epilepsy Series - Number 1

​In this, the first of our Epilepsy Awareness series, we are sharing a post from…

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November: Epilepsy Awareness Month

​The month of November represents different things to different people; it is the…

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Work Was Always My ‘Thing’, But It’s Not An Option Since My Son’s Diagnosis

I recently gave up work to become a full time mum/carer for Oscar.

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by Jane Ashton
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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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Our Son’s Condition Won’t Stop Us Having Another Beautiful Child

Recently, I visited my ob-gyn for an annual check-up and also to have my IUD, which…

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by Telina Knight
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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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The 3 People I Always Meet When I’m Out With My Disabled Child

So, I am mum to 2 amazing little boys: a 5 year old who is severely disabled and…

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Ten Cool Activities for Kids with Upsees

Summer is here! Unless you’re in the UK or Ireland, where 'summer'…

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10 things you didn’t know about special needs Dads

In December 2008 my life changed forever, my first child was born, the most beautiful…

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Special Needs Parenting: My letter to a future employer

Birthday parties are a big deal for any child, but it’s never straightforward…

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Birthday Party Tips For Kids With Disabilities…From The Parents Who’ve Been There

Birthday parties are a big deal for any child, but it’s never straightforward…

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Parents of Kids With Disabilities Fear for Sibling Relationships

A survey by Firefly has found that 86% of parents feel that their child’s disability…

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How do you explain bullying to a disabled child?

There’s a lot of advice available about bullying. In Firefly’s work on…

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How to find the best pet for special needs kids

As you might know, Firefly is all about special needs family participation –…

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Around the World with Sebastian: Travelling with a child with Cerebral Palsy

Sebastian is a world traveler. By the time he was 2 he had more stamps in his passport…

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What is ‘special needs family participation’, and why does it matter?

‘Inclusion’ and ‘participation’ are terms, in relation to…

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Five Things Parents of Disabled Children Wish You Knew

Every one of us has the power to ruin a stranger’s day. Usually accidentally,…

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Relationship Advice Part 3 of 3: To parents dealing with a new Cerebral Palsy diagnosis

I've been writing this blog now since Zack was born. It began as a…

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by Linzi Price
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Relationship Advice Part 2 of 3: To parents dealing with a new Cerebral Palsy diagnosis

Dealing with a new diagnosis of any kind is an indescribable event to take place.…

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Zack zips about in his GoTo Seat

When Zack was little going to the supermarket on my own, meant pushing him round…

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Relationship Advice Part 1 of 3: To parents dealing with a child’s new Cerebral Palsy diagnosis

Dealing with a new diagnosis of any kind is an indescribable event to take place.…

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