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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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Swimming Lesson Dilemma

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

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The Humanity Quotient

I’ve been reading again: always a risky activity, because reading starts me…

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Three Books that Helped us Become Better Parents

May is Short Story Month, and we’re encouraging everyone to read and share…

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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 3

Does the Down’s Syndrome Advantage confer any benefits on other members of…

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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 2

Are children with Down's Syndrome really easier to raise than those with other…

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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 1

World Down’s Syndrome Day takes place every year on 21st March.

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Stopping To Admire The View On A Tough Journey

I was recently walking the dog up a very steep hill.

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Special Needs Parenting: Acceptance is key

Few of us knew about our children’s conditions before they were born and even…

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by Hayley Goleniowska
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Playing it Safe or Brave Experiential Learning?

As the school holidays come to an end my energy levels are depleted, my patience…

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by Hayley Goleniowska
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Special Needs Parenting: My life as it was meant to be

As the parent of a child with Down’s Syndrome, I need to live forever, or at…

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Blogging About Disability Part One: The Power of Words

It is widely recognised that blogs are now an important part of the online world.

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A Gift to my Husband on Father’s Day

I write quite often, in my personal blog, about happiness.

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Of Bikes and Unicorns

As the parent of a disabled child I have a heartfelt wish to see a world that is…

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The Judgement of Mothers: When Breast Isn’t Best

I have no problem with any mother who breastfeeds her baby in public. 

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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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by Hayley Goleniowska
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Letters from my Brother

He looked at me. I knew he had it.

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by Ger Smyth
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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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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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by Hayley Goleniowska
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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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by 47 Stripey Socks
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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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by Hayley Goleniowska
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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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by Nichola Norton
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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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by 47 Stripey Socks
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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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by Hayley Goleniowska
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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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by Laura Browne
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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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by Hayley Goleniowska
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