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Until Sam was born I didn’t really know about children’s hospices; I…

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This is the key to a day out together for my son and me.

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Sensory Bags For The Kid Who Eats Everything

Adelaide tries to mouth and chew everything. Most likely a combination of her neuro-disability…

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What I See When I Look At My Daughter - Raising a Child with Special Needs

Having a daughter with special needs has changed the way I see most things in this…

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Developmental Delay? More like Groundhog Day!

​As in the film! You know the one with Bill Murray in a time loop, repeating the…

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Therapy Pets: Service Dogs

​​This month life has become considerably more chaotic with the arrival of a…

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When Facebook Friends Become A Lifeline - Raising Kids with Special Needs

If someone would have told me four years ago that some of my closest friends would…

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Hospital stays: Grab it and go special needs style

Miss Z has a talent for the unexpected. You can plan and organize to your heart’s…

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Why Parents of Kids with Special Needs are NOT Saying What You Thought…

As a special needs parent (I am referring to myself, not my son) there are many many…

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Special Needs Families: Wills & Trusts

What does the future mean to you? If you’d asked me this in my teens I’d…

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Dangerous and Annoying Epilepsy Misconceptions

It's hard to believe in this Age of Information that there could still be so…

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‘Dear World…’ - Raising Children with Special Needs

Dear World, I want to talk to you about my son, Danny.

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Special Needs Holidays and Travelling: My Top Tips for Holidays and Days Out

These are my top tips for holidays and days out. Before we start, there are two items…

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The Science of Not Sleeping - Raising Children with Disabilities

It is 2.45 a.m. You are awake. Wide awake.  I look at you through the dim glow…

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Using Video to Teach Special Needs Kids

​Bethany has loved watching herself and various family members on video ever since…

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What About Special Needs Children Who Cannot Beat the Odds?

When you’re given the worst predictions possible about your child’s future…

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Special Needs Schooling: Tips for Transitioning Before and After School

Transitions have always been difficult for my son, Garrett, who was born with Smith-Magenis…

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Special Needs Family Fun: Keeping Disabled Children Safe in Warm Weather

In countries known for their warm climates, special needs families are much better…

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Special Needs Fundraising Top Tips

Rightly or wrongly things designed for disability cost more than ‘mainstream’…

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Special Needs Fundraising: Make-A-Wish Foundation (UK)

Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening…

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Dear Smith-Magenis Syndrome

​Dear Smith-Magenis Syndrome, the first time I heard the phrase SMS, a little cartoon…

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4 Stages of Parental Sex - And Why Having Kids with Disabilities May Keep You at Stage 1

As everyone knows, sex is an important part of a healthy relationship.  Sexual…

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Special Needs Fundraising: Newlife Play Therapy Pods

There is probably a box of unused toys in every home of a child with special needs.…

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When People ask what is “wrong” with my Daughter

Until Amy came into our lives, I hadn’t quite realised just how nosey…

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Regional Driving Assessment Service: Special Needs Car Seats

​Hugh’s first car seat was a fancy little infant carrier that attached neatly…

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Pick self up, dust self off, special needs style…

After having a bit of a pity party for one, I’ve now dragged myself off the…

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Strangers In A Parking Lot: Raising a Child with Disabilities

"You have no consideration. No consideration." We were next to a disabled…

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I’m a Bad Person Now: Raising Children with Disabilities

Since having my daughter I have noticed that it seems to be a common preconception…

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Jump on in, the water’s fine! Raising Children with Special Needs

No cautious toe-dipping here. It’s all or nothing. So go on and commit. 

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by Chris Mobley
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To My Superhero for Father’s Day

To my Superhero: You may not wear a cape or really, really cool masks, but you fly…

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Charity & Grant Funding: Family Fund

Family Fund - Who Are They? The largest provider of grants to low income families…

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“Actually, It’s a Wheelchair”

A few months ago, we bought Charlie’s first wheelchair. It’s designed…

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