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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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The Normal Family

When my daughter was in Primary school, one of her classmates said: ‘You’re…

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World Down Syndrome Day

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

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Letters from my Brother

He looked at me. I knew he had it.

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Random Act of Circumstance

The story I want to tell you is not about a random act of kindness, exactly.

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Truth, Lies, and TV Pundits

Several times in recent months, while the debate about the introduction of Non-Invasive…

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Nativity: I wasn’t prepared for Mary’s lessons

Advent is an emotional time I’m fairly sure that it isn’t just me that…

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Is Freddie Anxious?

It was just before Christmas last year that Freddie’s behaviour took a nosedive.…

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Preparing for the ‘Flu-stive’ Season

Many people hang festive foil-wrapped chocolate shapes off their Christmas tree,…

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A Loaded Question

It is a question which contains ascending levels of insidious judgement: ‘Did…

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A World Without Down’s by Sally Phillips – Everything has a crack in it, it’s what lets the light in

It’s been a week since a ground-breaking piece of television aired, one that…

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Seeds

I’m lucky, I do occasionally get a few minutes to myself; I usually spend it…

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Reading my son’s eyes

When I first became a mother very nearly twelve years ago, I had all the normal concerns…

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Independence begins at home

OK I made that up: it’s basically a way of dressing up the fact that I couldn’t…

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Having a child with Down’s Syndrome DID change my life

When it was discovered, at thirteen weeks of pregnancy, that there was a one-in-twelve…

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Mind Your Language: The Burden of Fear

It was right in the middle of one of those manic multi-tasking moments, you know…

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Sportsmanship Day

I always hated Sports Day. I don’t remember much about it before High school,…

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What is ‘Coping’?

It happens often – I am writing about one thing and it kick-starts me thinking…

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Just Popping Out

I’ve just read a piece somewhere about how very difficult it is when your toddler…

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Embracing ‘Scruffy Hospitality’

Since Freddie came along opportunities for me and my husband to socialise as a couple…

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Meeting George

As I prepared to write my first blog, my aim was to capture the moments of hilarity…

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All in the Same Boat

Thank you whole-heartedly for welcoming me to the Firefly Community, and giving me…

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Choose your Weapons

A relative of mine insists on referring to Freddie (and anyone like him) as ‘a…

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G is for .... Genetics

If it wasn’t for a ‘faulty’ or ‘quirky’ set of genes…

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What exactly is Down Syndrome?

I was forty three years old when I was expecting my ninth child!

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Home Truths

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

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How special is ‘Special’?

Freddie is six, but for various reasons we often use one of the big Maclaren special…

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Special Needs Parenting: Passing the Test

‘She made a perfect tableau of pampered maternal contentment, reclining on…

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Special Needs Parenting: Elephants in the Room

It is a common misconception that most babies with Down’s Syndrome are born…

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Why I chose to put my son in Special School

​One day, a couple of years ago, I went to the doctor’s surgery to collect…

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