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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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Lunch Date with a Tubie

In a rare twist of fate, on a day when I actually had a decent time for lunch Sam…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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“Please just one bite” - Introducing new foods

I remember back to when my son was about 18 months old and he suddenly stopping eating…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Food, Special Needs

The wonderful benefits of blending

Since Sam had his PEG fitted a year ago, he has come a looong way.  From being…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Holidaying… with a tubie

I am really quite excited… in a just a few weeks we’re off on our holidays!…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Tube vs Food: are we making the right decision?

From day one getting food down my son has not been an easy task. I remember in detail…

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by Rochelle Followes
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The blended diet

For those who don’t have a super tubie like Sam in their lives, the blended…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Adapting

And I don’t mean houses here, I mean ME. It’s been a week now since our…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Grieving the loss of normality

I’ve struggled with this post for several days now. It’s very raw still…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Cut these 5 things from the diet of kids with special needs

One of the biggest mistakes I see when it comes to parents incorporating nutrition…

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by Malorie Blake (MS, RDN, LDN)
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Food, Special Needs

Egg, Diary and Gluten Free Pancake Recipe

Today is Shrove Tuesday, a day when families traditionally eat rich or fatter foods,…

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by Firefly Community
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Blended Diet for Tube Fed Kids – Our Journey

If you had told me this time last year that I would be tube feeding my child 100%…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Stop Freaking Out, It’s Just Her Feeding Tube - Raising Children with Special Needs

You may have seen us in the cafe, in the park, or in a restaurant. No matter the…

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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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When did this become so normal?

I had a bit of a moment today. Sat in Starbucks (again) #dontjudge I was feeding…

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Blended Diet – Giving everyone a choice about what they eat with a feeding tube

Cerys had a gingerbread biscuit today. She is two and really liked it. Our daughter…

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