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Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

I love when the clocks go forward, the weather is warmer and the nights lighter,…

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

I love when the clocks go forward, the weather is warmer and the nights lighter,…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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by Mark Arnold
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To Daddy, love Sam

I see you Daddy, standing just behind Mummy.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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The Blurred Line between Parents and Carer

Before I had children, I never thought I would be a stay-at-home Mom. I have always…

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Men’s Health Week - Special Needs Dads Need Support

Additional or special needs parenting is tough, with so much more to cope with than…

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by Mark Arnold
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The Greatest Job

I have a question for you – when you think of a ‘carer’, what do…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Who Cares about Carers?

carer: noun (british): a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a…

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by Sarah Kay
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International Day of Families - Who is in Your Family?

Family celebrations are great aren’t they?

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by Mark Arnold
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Celebrating Global Tracheostomy Awareness Week

This year, from May 20th to May 26th, we celebrate Global Tracheostomy Awareness…

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Three Tools for Mental Health

I have been on antidepressants ever since being diagnosed with depression as a teenager.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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International Day of Families

I am fortunate to have a big family – and a close one! 

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by Zowie Kaye
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Teacher’s Day – Being An Additional Needs Teacher AND Parent

School teaching staff, including Teachers, Teaching Assistants and the wide range…

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by Mark Arnold
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MPS Awareness Day

May 15th.

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by Ger Smyth
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International Day of Families 2018

May 15, 2018 marks this year’s observance of International Day of Families. 

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Teacher’s Day: The Specialists

One of Freddie’s older siblings went through mainstream school with a diagnosis…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Statistically there are 1 in 4 people who suffer from a mental health condition and…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Three Books that Helped us Become Better Parents

May is Short Story Month, and we’re encouraging everyone to read and share…

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Novels Feat. Special Needs Characters

May is Short Story Month, and we’re encouraging everyone to read and share…

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by Telina Knight
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Time for a Mental Health MOT

As a special needs parent it can be really easy to forget about our own mental health…

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by Laura Moore
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Undiagnosed Children’s Day

I am a bit of a plant geek.

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by Jane Scott
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Undiagnosed Day

A blind person tends to have a walking aid just as someone with cerebral palsy tends…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Stress Awareness and Support for Special Needs Families

Often the starting point for any organisation looking to be more inclusive of children…

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by Mark Arnold
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Taking Time for Me

The last few months have been pretty stressful.

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by Rebecca Toal
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National Sibling Day

My brother is different.

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by Mark Arnold
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National Sibling Day

Sometimes people don’t see me.

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by Miriam Gwynne
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National Sibling Day

Siblings eh? Where would we be without them.

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by Ger Smyth
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Stress Awareness Day

We all have it, in one form or another.

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by Ger Smyth
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Stress Awareness Month

Breathe in…2….3…… and out, 2…3…4….5….6!!…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Bohring-Opitz Awareness Day

Talynn Gurganus was born at 35 weeks on January 27, 2014.

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Easter At Our House

Will we have singing this Easter?

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