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Special Needs

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

World Prematurity Day 2017

We are the forever grateful parents of an ex-premature baby.

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World Toilet Day 2017

Wow. There honestly must be a day for everything. Until about a week ago, I didn’t…

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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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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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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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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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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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Don’t Call My Kid Dumb

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

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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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“Totes Emosh!” - A Heart-Melting Message from 15-Year-Old Emily to her Little Sister

I’d like to do something a little different today.  

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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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Unlucky?

David has never said the word ‘Mum’, yet I regularly shout at my kids…

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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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Dear other Special Needs Parent…

Dear other Special Needs Parent, During the holiday season, I can be particularly…

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4 Tips for When Your Child’s Best Friend Moves Away

Firefly Garden recommends Jennifer’s helpful tips for when your child’s…

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Gifts for Seb. And kiddos like him.

Firefly Garden is sharing Kara’s great list of Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids…

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Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp

A Special Needs and Homeschooling blog link up shared from the Firefly Garden. ​Read…

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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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Everything You Need to Know About Playpak

The Playpak is helping to make therapy more fun.

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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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