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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: Breastfeeding with oral dysphagia

As it is World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I would write a little bit about my…

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A Letter to all the Lonely Carers

I have a confession to make - I am extremely lonely

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MPS Awareness Day

It’s the same date every year.15th of May.

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: A Happy Life

When we are out and about, we’re often approached.

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: The Gift of Mobility

In the fall of 2014, when Isaiah was just over one year old, we began researching…

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The Day I Discovered SWAN UK

My son was just 21 months when we had our first appointment with a geneticist back…

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Undiagnosed but not Invisible

Undiagnosed children day is rapidly approaching... it also makes over 1 year since…

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Thank you, Occupational Therapists!

As some you may already know, April is Occupational Therapy Month. We’ve been…

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Special Siblings

Aren’t siblings great?! I for one am so thankful for my three sibs, and for…

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World Health day 2017

So here we are, another World Health Day has come around. Do you ever wonder what…

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Autism Awareness

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

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Autism Awareness Everyday

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

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We Must Always Be Kind

When I was pregnant so many people said to me "get used to no sleep!!"…

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World Down Syndrome Day

Each year the Down’s syndrome community marks a global day of education, collaboration…

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Letters from my Brother

He looked at me. I knew he had it.

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Happiness Is

Happiness is the quiet moment hidden in the blur of a busy day.

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International Day of Happiness

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

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International Day of Happiness: Our Bubble

Happiness is measured differently by so many people.

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Smith-Magenis Syndrome Awareness Day

Jacqueline “Jackie” Huston, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was first in…

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I am one in four, but why do I not want to talk about it?

I am '1 in 4*' but like many other women, I don't ever talk about…

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International Children’s Day

The 1st June is International Children's Day. The World Conference for the Well-being…

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D is for…Diagnosis: Special Needs Parenting

I have a snap shot memory. 

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What exactly is Down Syndrome?

I was forty three years old when I was expecting my ninth child!

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Thank You For Being the Best Big Brother - Raising Children with Disabilities

From the day I met you, I knew you had an enormous amount of strength. You introduced…

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World CP Awareness Day 2015

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families,…

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Some of the Firefly Garden’s favourite people with Cerebral Palsy

​On World CP Day, the Firefly Garden is highlighting five of our favourite people…

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We’re Going Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  When my daughter, Bethany was…

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Epilepsy is…

I wrote the following words for Purple Day, the International day for raising awareness…

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We’re Going Gray For May Part Three Making Wishes and Dreams Come True

When your child is battling a life threatening illness, going on a fun filled trip…

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