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Special Needs

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

Holiday Cheer vs Holilday Stress

It starts to creep up on me as October begins…I feel it rising as store shelves…

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Milestones

There are many milestones we picture once we have children. 

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National Trust - A lovely family day out

We had the children’s cousin come to stay this weekend and we were lucky with…

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Stockholm Syndrome

As the parent of a child with complex medical needs, I’ve spent a lot of time…

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Adapting is good… or is it?

So, we had our OT visit for the disability facilities grant. And I will admit I hated…

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Inclusion or Not?

I have some wonderful friends who parent children with special needs. They are strong,…

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Not Every Disability is Obvious

“Not every disability is obvious.” I wanted to wear that quote around…

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Keeping Friends After the Diagnosis

“SMS is not going to define our family.” That was our, okay my, mantra…

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What to get for the child who has everything

On 15th April my little miracle celebrates his 4th Birthday. 4 years. How on Earth…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Changing gear

So far, March has been busy/chaotic/stressful… even more so than usual! After…

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Unpacking Special Needs Feelings

I was cleaning up our basement, a disaster really of piles that just need to be sold…

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Mum’s in Hospital

When Jack went into hospital for major surgery I really wasn’t expecting it…

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How long?!

So. Sam, as I have mentioned before, is a tall little dude.  And is now far…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Hospital Appointments

So today I had a tiny insight into the world of hospitals and appointments where…

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Ending the Stigma: Why We Should Never Stop Advocating for Our Children

Let's be real for a moment: there's still a huge stigma surrounding people…

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by Telina Knight
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Meet Bjørn

Meet Bjørn, one of the Faces of the Firefly Garden The Firefly Garden wanted…

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Focusing on the ‘Other’ Kids - Raising a Child with a Disability

When my son Matthew started to attend school for his OT and PT three days a week…

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by Jessica Rivera
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I just want to be called ‘mama’ while he’s still my little boy

When I carried my two year-old out of his room last Saturday morning, his greeting,…

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by Emily Barbero
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Reflexology

What is Reflexology? Reflexology is an ancient form of therapy practised as a treatment…

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by Ursula Toner
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MT: the forgotten therapy

Our calendar is a colourful mix of codes. PT, physical therapy; OT, occupational…

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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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Eight Phrases Banned from Our Home

1. “The kid at the mall…” Any statement that begins with this…

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by Emily Barbero
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Hippotherapy (horse-riding therapy)

This week I will focus on Hippotherapy (horse-riding therapy) What is Hippotherapy?…

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by Antonia McVeigh
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The definitive guide to talking to a special needs parent

It seems like everywhere you turn, there is another article listing five, ten even…

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by One of the Wonders
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Keeping Romance Alive

Special needs parenting has a way of chiseling away at romance.   Between…

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My son’s need to go to school matters more than traffic

My son Matthew started attending school a few weeks ago to begin his classroom-based…

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by Jessica Rivera
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Has being a Special Needs Parent made you superstitious?

Friday the 13th .... Would having a therapy or hospital appointment on Friday 13th…

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You don’t have to be a 24/7 advocate for your child’s condition

I hear the question pretty consistently.  "He is so cute -- but is…

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by Emily Barbero
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Special Needs Parents, Grief and Depression

Whether you had no idea that your child had special needs or even if you had suspected…

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Music to feed the soul

Music first entered our lives in the hospital.  Looking back on it now, I realize…

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Everyday Sensory Fun

Four year old Twinkle has Sensory Processing Disorder, something I’d not really…

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by The Inclusive Home
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You soon find out who your friends are…

It’s a bit of a cliché isn’t it – you soon find out who…

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Unlucky?

David has never said the word ‘Mum’, yet I regularly shout at my kids…

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