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Special Needs

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

Does the UK lead the way when it comes to Changing Places?

The official changing places campaign has been running for over 10 years and we currently…

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Special Needs Parenting: When did I stop introducing myself as me?

“Hi, I’m Heidi’s Mum”. That’s pretty much my standard…

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Special Needs Parenting: If she could tell us when she hurts

Some days are easier than others to navigate through, when you have a nonverbal child.  

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Autism the “Fashionable” Disability?

Becoming a parent of a child with a disability has been a steep learning curve.

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Special Needs Parenting: You can never research too much

We have started to consider booking up activities for the summer holidays and have…

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Sunshine is Here!

The sunshine is here at last. The dark long nights being cosied inside have changed…

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Special Needs Parents: Why won’t he say sorry?

Why won't he say sorry?! She said as she clung to me and wept...

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10 Things I am Glad my Son with Learning Difficulties Will Never Do

This is Isaac. He is almost 9 years old yet still cannot tell you his own name.

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The Top 10 Summer Stresses for Special Needs Families

At first it is lovely to not have to cope with the school run or never ending packed…

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Birthdays - Celebration or Grieving?

Another year gone by, another birthday for our child with additional needs, but how…

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by Mark Arnold
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Father’s Day

I owe my sanity to my husband, like really!

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Holidays and Autism

So I did something this week that I’m already starting to get anxious about;…

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She is Not a Spoilt Brat

She is not a 'spoilt brat' she is a child with serious food aversion!

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These are a Few of my Favourite Things

There are times when we all need something familiar, something that brings us comfort

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Dear Teacher

I know you are doing a wonderful job. My child goes to school happy most days and…

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Teamwork

Do you sometimes think that everything is up to you?  That if you don’t…

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by Mark Arnold
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When your Child is Terrified of Being on Red

Every morning I walk my chatting, bubbly girl to school and every morning I watch…

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Having Children at Different Schools

As I fill my washing machine yet again with dirty laundry I am yet again reminded…

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My Son is Not a Lost Cause

It was our usual Saturday morning and ever since he had woken at 5:30am my non verbal…

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A Peek into the Future of an Autistic Child

I often wonder what my children are going to be like when they grow up, 

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What this 8 Year Old with Autism Wants To Do for her Disabled Brother

It had been a long week of having her brother go to hospital for an MRI to check…

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Advice for Parents of a newly Diagnosed Child with Autism

Your child has just been diagnosed with Autism. You have been up all night frantically…

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Autism Awareness

Her school are ignoring autism awareness month...and I am delighted!

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Autism Awareness Everyday

April signifies Autism Awareness Month.  When you’re a parent of a child…

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April Fools

April the first is known as a day for spreading practical jokes and hoaxes. Sadly…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Mother’s Day

Before I became a mum I tried for a long time to get pregnant and was even told by…

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Red Nose Day

This is a well known day that has been running yearly since 1998; helping globally,…

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International Day of Happiness

Happiness – synonyms: contentment, pleasure, satisfaction, cheerfulness, merriment,…

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To the Person that Told me my Son Wasn’t Autistic

I thought getting a diagnosis would be easy. 

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Adjusting my Dreams for the Future as an Autism Mom

When I was pregnant with my first born I would spend hours thinking about his future.…

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Random Acts of Kindness

I work for a company that is a great British Institution and one of its current marketing…

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Special Needs Parenting: Ticking the boxes

One thing I've found over the years is that people are given a label, but not…

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