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Special Needs

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It is Summer

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It is Summer

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Will we Ever be Out of the Woods?

Once you’ve been through a frightening, challenging experience, you feel an…

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Just One Thing

I was asked the other day if there was a particular skill that Sam didn’t yet…

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Welcome to the Family

Newly inducted to The Special Needs Parenting Club? You may not feel it’s the…

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Holidays are Hard

There is no shame is admitting summer holidays are hard.

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I am Not a Fan of Holland

Firstly, let me add that I have never actually visited Holland however I am sure…

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The Heart of a Special Needs Dad

A father is defined as “a man who exercises paternal care over other persons;…

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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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5 Tips to Make Airports Less Stressful Places to Be

We all know that airports aren’t the calmest environments but you can reduce…

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Special Needs Parenting: I Never Thought

I have been thinking lately about a few of things I had thought after I gave birth…

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6 Years

Six years ago today at 37 weeks pregnant I was in the antenatal clinic for my final…

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Walking a Knife Edge

Never sure how to start posts like this one, it always seems so trite. 

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Just a Kid Watching Other Kids on YouTube

Yes, my three year old can master my iPhone and click open Youtube Kids to watch…

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What Really Matters

How do I explain to people who don’t understand that for all his issues, my…

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She is Not a Spoilt Brat

She is not a 'spoilt brat' she is a child with serious food aversion!

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Global Day of Parents

Some people plan to be parents, take all the organisation and preparation in delight. 

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Dear Teacher

I know you are doing a wonderful job. My child goes to school happy most days and…

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The Great Clear Out

There is one thing I pretty much loathe doing.

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When Even the Specialists Don’t Know

Most days Sam’s status as a child who is undiagnosed just doesn’t bother…

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The Electric Wheelchair

We’ve had it for almost two years now. At first it was daunting; going out…

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A Special Needs Dad’s Perspective

Yesterday evening, after I’d helped my son to shower and get ready for bed,…

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Having Children at Different Schools

As I fill my washing machine yet again with dirty laundry I am yet again reminded…

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Sometimes I Just Wish they Would Listen to Me

One thing that I have never had to worry about when it comes to Zachariah’s…

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10 of the Most Positive & Supportive Things Said to Special Needs Parents

We asked you, ‘What is the most positive or supportive thing anyone said to…

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A Recommended Procedure

Oliver is now three years old, and we have been blessed to only have follow up/ regular…

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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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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: The Diagnosis

On Christmas Eve morning 2012, we stared at a little heart beating on an ultrasound…

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Happy Birthday Oliver

April 11th, my little man Oliver celebrated his third birthday!

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My Non-Verbal Son Can Communicate

Our son is four years old and nonverbal. He does not speak, but he has a lot to say.

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