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Special Needs

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

Special Needs Parents, CoppaFeel! This Month

Let’s talk about boobs, shall we? 

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Special Needs Mom: This is my story

Looking back at where I was three years ago, I would have never known the joy and…

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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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Wedding Bells

Over a year ago my Brother and his Fiancé gave Zachariah the lovely task of…

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Global Developmental Delay

Our son is diagnosed with global developmental delay.

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Is there ever a right time?

So, we have our meeting coming up with the Consultant to discuss Zachariah’s…

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My Son is Not a Lost Cause

It was our usual Saturday morning and ever since he had woken at 5:30am my non verbal…

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Keeping you and your Little ones Safe When travelling

Every time I contemplate having to travel by airline with my son's wheelchair…

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I would be Lost without mum: Special Needs Parenting

I am acutely aware that not everyone has a Mum prepared to drop everything to help,…

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Special Needs Parenting: Find the Ability in Disability

I was recently approached by someone who told me they were praying for Zachariah,…

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In Defence of the Stay at Home Mum

Negative assumptions are something I have come to expect. Nevertheless I am still…

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Product Review: EazyHold Grips

I saw an advert a few months back asking Firefly followers to review the Eazyhold…

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Find the Ability in the Disability

I was recently approached by someone who told me they were praying for Zachariah,…

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The Future of Us

It amazes me that of all places, pivotal, life affirming moments continue to find…

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Don’t Be Scared

He may look small, but his size does not set him back. He may look fragile, but his…

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Special Needs, International Blogs

World Down Syndrome Day

Each year the Down’s syndrome community marks a global day of education, collaboration…

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To the Person that Told me my Son Wasn’t Autistic

I thought getting a diagnosis would be easy. 

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Epilepsy Doesn’t Care

Epilepsy doesn’t care that you have planned a lovely day out. Epilepsy doesn’t…

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It’s Not A Secret

It's not a secret that you can't walk Although we truly believed you would

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