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Until Sam was born I didn’t really know about children’s hospices; I…

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This is the key to a day out together for my son and me.

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Special Needs Parenting: Give me strength

​Me: ‘I could write a book about the people I meet out when I’m out…

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Hatch Hackathon

h-a-t-c-h hackathons are life-changing workshops. They are creative meetings where…

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Why do we have to fight for everything?

Recently it would seem that I am incapable of resolving any of the things on my ever-growing…

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23 Stupid Things to Say to Parents of a Kid with Special Needs (And 3 Brilliant Alternatives)

The things strangers, sometimes even family and friends, have said to me regarding…

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The Controversy of ADHD

In 1937 Psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Bradley discovered, quite by accident, when attempting…

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Daddy’s The One That Makes Her Laugh - Raising Children with Disabilities

There is a quote that says, "A father holds his daughter's hand for a short…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Life will find a way

After the chaos of Sam’s procedure being cancelled at the 11th hour last week…

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Special Needs Parenting: I will not be sad today

I will not be sad today.

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How to Understand a Non-Verbal Child - Raising Children with Disabilities

You’ve got to know your audience, play the crowd, and make connections. This…

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Special needs parenting: Autism - it’s a lonely old world

My son’s autism has a huge impact on his (and our) daily life.

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The Importance of Advocating for Our Loved Ones With Special Needs

Unless it effects them in some sort of personal way, the general public doesn’t…

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Facebook - a lifeline for special needs parents

We all use Facebook don't we? Well, 1.2 billion of us do according to statistics. 

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Special Needs Parenting: Mummy’s Baby!

​I never used ‘baby talk’ with my children – I could never see…

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Is My Whole Family Disabled by Proxy? - Raising Children with Disabilties

“Oh! Look at how well she is doing (insert everyday something here)!”

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Home Truths

​I’ve written before about how I don’t really notice whether or not…

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Milestones: Choice Making by Eve

​One of the most recent milestones Eve has developed is making choices.

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My rant about Toilet and Changing Facilities!

​I should start by explaining that Hadley, my little guy, is almost five years…

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“Hey Good Looking” - Are We Praising Kids for the Wrong Things?

Any new parent will tell you that it becomes a daily occurrence for strangers to…

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by Emily Sutton
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Special Educational Needs: Summer School or not?

​This year, we had the option of doing summer school (or extended school year)…

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Disability: It’s not contagious…honest!

​Every now and again, I get a teensy bit curious as to what parents of a-typical/average…

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Special Needs Parenting: What is your child’s quality of life?

​Since learning that Miss Z’s recurrent lung problems are likely to be life…

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Sensory Bags For The Kid Who Eats Everything

Adelaide tries to mouth and chew everything. Most likely a combination of her neuro-disability…

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What I See When I Look At My Daughter - Raising a Child with Special Needs

Having a daughter with special needs has changed the way I see most things in this…

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Special Needs Parenting: Never hearing ‘I love you mummy’

The four words I fear I’ll never hear - “I love you, mummy” .

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When Facebook Friends Become A Lifeline - Raising Kids with Special Needs

If someone would have told me four years ago that some of my closest friends would…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Speech Therapy: Communication – the hard, slow revolution

​We are starting a communication revolution here. And we couldn’t be more…

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Why Parents of Kids with Special Needs are NOT Saying What You Thought…

As a special needs parent (I am referring to myself, not my son) there are many many…

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Special Needs Celebrations: Her Birthday Gift to Me

We recently celebrated Eve’s birthday and it’s been fun thinking about…

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‘Dear World…’ - Raising Children with Special Needs

Dear World, I want to talk to you about my son, Danny.

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