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Special Needs

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

Special Needs Siblings

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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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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by Zowie Kaye
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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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by Kate Swenson
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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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by Kate Swenson
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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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by Zowie Kaye
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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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by Nichola Norton
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Early Intervention

Why is it that after all of these years, I am still hearing stories from parents,…

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by Jodie Eaton
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Battered by the Autism Storm

Sitting here by the river with pen and paper in hand (my favourite place to…

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by Nichola Norton
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Special Needs Parenting: ADHD medication has changed our lives

This is a subject that gets quite a lot of attention and can cause heated discussions…

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by Jodie Eaton
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Special Needs Parenting: When your child is diagnosed and dumped

When I broke the news on my social media that my child had just been diagnosed with…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Sensory Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese known for family fun, games and delicious food has launched Sensory…

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by Firefly Community
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Autism: Secondary Education - The next step

November 2016 and I have just had Cameron’s year 4 statement (Education, Health…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Christmas with Autism: But I don’t like

There is not one part of the spectrum that is easier or harder than the other.

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by Zowie Kaye
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Special Needs Christmas: But I didn’t ask for that

Christmas 2014 was a bit of a game changer in our household, yes we had done the…

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by Zowie Kaye
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How ‘Elf on the Shelf’ has helped my daughter with autism

Last year my Facebook was full of antics by little elf.

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by Miriam Gwynne
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A different kind of ‘All touched out’

There is a common phrase used by breastfeeding mothers

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by Nichola Norton
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Where is my Instruction Manual?

When your first child is born, you are not given an instruction manual.

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by Jodi Shenal
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When a Doctor told me I had to wean my daughter off of me

Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes were counted. My daughter made a spectacularly…

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by Jodie Eaton
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The Circus Comedy My Children Didn’t Understand

All three of my children didn’t understand the comedy at the circus. I found…

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by Jodie Eaton
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That Kind of Autism

When it comes into the conversation that my son is autistic, a look of recognition…

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by Nichola Norton
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When a trolley is much more than a vehicle to put your shopping in

I have always said if I never had to eat and feed my family I would be a millionaire!…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Autism: Why I describe my daughter as a coke bottle!

Do you understand your child's needs, to know when a reaction is imminent? 

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by Jodie Eaton
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Exercise – Vital for the Child with Autism, and his Mom

When a child seems to be propelled by a motor; always running, completing schoolwork…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Food, Special Needs

Days Out - Eating out with a fussy eater

As an SEN parent we all know the military precision of our lives, our routines

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The difficulties of Birthday and Christmas wish lists when your child has global delay

It's that time of year already! As soon as October begins I know I have to face…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Five lessons my autistic daughter is learning through having a tropical fish tank

When my daughter was first diagnosed with autism three years ago this month I received…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Autism: When one door closes…

You know that saying...when one door closes another one opens...

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Homeschool, the Spectrum and Maintaining Sanity

When the typical middle school experience is extra challenging for your not-so-typical…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Why I no longer see the autism in my autistic children

I know my children have autism. It affects them both very differently but very profoundly…

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