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What Being Discharged Really Feels Like

I’m standing at a cliff edge crying out for help for my child.

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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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What I want you to know on World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy (CP) day will be celebrated on Friday 6 October in…

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017

October is an important month in our world, not just because of Halloween (which…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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National Teaching Assistant’s Day 2017

Growing up my mum was a Teaching Assistant, I never really knew what one was but…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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National Teaching Assistants Day

Saturday 02nd September and the postman had a lovely delivery this morning, it was…

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by Zowie Kaye
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World Physiotherapy Day

On my journey so far, even though we have had tests and numerous trips to different…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Can charities really help the every day person?

I have always given my £10 a month to a few charities, I didn’t really…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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International Day of Charity

Charity. It can feel like a dirty word sometimes.

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by Ger Smyth
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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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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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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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by Nadine Caring in the Chaos
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MPS Awareness Day

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

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by Ger Smyth
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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: A Happy Life

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

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by Vicky Martin
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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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by Vicky Martin
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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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by Claire Smyth
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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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by Carolyn Voisey
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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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by Rebecca Toal
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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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by Rebecca Toal
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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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by Rebecca Toal
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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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by Jodi Shenal
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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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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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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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by Hayley Goleniowska
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Letters from my Brother

He looked at me. I knew he had it.

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by Ger Smyth
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Happiness Is

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

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by Ger Smyth
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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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by Emmy Heaton
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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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by Laura Rutherford
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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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