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Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

I love when the clocks go forward, the weather is warmer and the nights lighter,…

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

I love when the clocks go forward, the weather is warmer and the nights lighter,…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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by Mark Arnold
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I love my Daddy because…

I love my Daddy because…

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by Rebecca Toal
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Special Daddies

For all those years growing up dreaming of having my own family and becoming a mum,…

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by Naomi Aldridge
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To Daddy, love Sam

I see you Daddy, standing just behind Mummy.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Swimming Lesson Dilemma

For a long time I have wanted to have Freddie taught to swim.

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The Greatest Job

I have a question for you – when you think of a ‘carer’, what do…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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A Carer’s Week

With fervour and determination, she seizes the day.

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Sick and tired of being sick and tired

I love my children so much but caring for them full time has made me ill. 

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by Miriam Gwynne
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This is Epilepsy

(warning; contains description of a seizure, from the perspective of a parent; may…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Who Cares about Carers?

carer: noun (british): a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a…

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by Sarah Kay
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Epilepsy and Medical Emergencies

You may recall last month reading a blog I wrote about my daughter having her first…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Carer’s Week: What Being a Parent-Carer Means for Me.

It means that I have someone who depends on me.

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by 47 Stripey Socks
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Volunteers: Making the World a Better Place for Us All.

Volunteers are worth their weight in gold.

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Three Reasons to be a Volunteer as a Special Needs Parent

There are so many reasons why NOT to be a volunteer as a special needs parent:

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Accepting Spinal Surgery

It was quite a long time ago now that Zachariah was diagnosed with scoliosis (curved…

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by Rochelle Followes
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When the list of labels just keeps on growing

One thing all SN parents will say is that our children are much more than their diagnoses…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Island Living

7 Tips to Navigating Lonely Waters as a Caregiver for Someone with Special Needs

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by Micah Pederson
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Formula v’s food?

For two years now, Sam has had a mixed diet of formula together with proper, actual…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Return of the Seizure

I love writing blogs for Firefly.

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Undiagnosed Doesn’t Mean Not Disabled

Being undiagnosed does not mean your OK.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Life Lessons

It has been just over ten years since my son Ethan was diagnosed with MPS type two;…

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by Ger Smyth
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Public Inconvenience

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

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by 47 Stripey Socks
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International Day of Families - Who is in Your Family?

Family celebrations are great aren’t they?

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by Mark Arnold
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Taking the Good with the Bad

I am slowly learning to take the good with the bad. It is so easy to dwell on all…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Celebrating Global Tracheostomy Awareness Week

This year, from May 20th to May 26th, we celebrate Global Tracheostomy Awareness…

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Three Tools for Mental Health

I have been on antidepressants ever since being diagnosed with depression as a teenager.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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The Human Swiss Army Knife

I’ve owned a Victorinox Swiss Army penknife like this since a school trip to…

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by Mark Arnold
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Mental Health Awareness

She greeted me with a warm handshake.

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by Ger Smyth
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Teacher’s Day – Being An Additional Needs Teacher AND Parent

School teaching staff, including Teachers, Teaching Assistants and the wide range…

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by Mark Arnold
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