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Does the UK lead the way when it comes to Changing Places?

The official changing places campaign has been running for over 10 years and we currently…

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Special Needs Parenting: When did I stop introducing myself as me?

“Hi, I’m Heidi’s Mum”. That’s pretty much my standard…

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Special Needs Parenting: When did I stop introducing myself as me?

“Hi, I’m Heidi’s Mum”. That’s pretty much my standard…

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Special Needs: Thank you daddy

I do know where the ‘obsession’ came from. I am not sure I would call…

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Special Needs Parents: I want to go clubbing in Ibiza!

Slightly random title for a special needs blog isn’t it? Let me explain. 

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Things my daughter has taught me: Special Needs Parenting

11 months old and my daughter has taught me more than I have learnt in my life.

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Why I wish DIY SOS didn’t exist

It’s not because I’ve got anything against Nick Knowles, quite the opposite…

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Special Needs Parenting: If she could tell us when she hurts

Some days are easier than others to navigate through, when you have a nonverbal child.  

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Special Needs Campaigns: Interview with Clos-o-mat’s Claire Haymes

Clos-o-mat are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of equipment for changing…

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Special Needs Families: 5 companies that have exceptional customer service

Special needs parents are met with a host of daily complications so when we come…

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My Favorite Things: Special Needs Edition

Our son with special needs will be turning four years old in just a couple of weeks.  

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Special Needs Parenting: The trauma of change

And no, this time I’m not talking about the weather.

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Special Needs Families: 4 accessible places to have a stay-cation this summer

Going on holiday is good for the soul, I truly believe that, which is why I am always…

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Awards and Conflicting Emotions

And lo, we are in the summer term and it’s only a few more weeks until the…

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Special Needs Parenting: A Plan for Inclusion

This month, one of my blogs really received feedback from families all around and…

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Sunshine is Here!

The sunshine is here at last. The dark long nights being cosied inside have changed…

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Changing Seasons

The way the UK weather is behaving you’d be forgiven for thinking we’ve…

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Special Needs Families: The stress of moving house

I read somewhere that moving house is only second to divorce in the list of "most…

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Special Needs Parenting: Never say never

When I was younger, looking back, I was oblivious to many things.  

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We’re all going on a…SUMMER HOL-I-DAY

How does that song go again?

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The Love Behind Special Needs Adoption

The adoption process for any family can often be long, complicated and unpredictable.

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Special Needs Families: Epic Parenting Fails from an Expert

I read somewhere that all anyone can expect is to be a good enough parent. 

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The Top 10 Summer Stresses for Special Needs Families

At first it is lovely to not have to cope with the school run or never ending packed…

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Accessible Summer Festival in Bury, North England

Consider this a public service announcement from Firefly!

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It is Summer

Yep; for most parents they relish the lack of routine, the lack of having to get…

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Just One Thing

I was asked the other day if there was a particular skill that Sam didn’t yet…

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I am Not a Fan of Holland

Firstly, let me add that I have never actually visited Holland however I am sure…

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The Chosen One

We all have done it and have seen that Facebook can be one of the many places for…

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Birthdays - Celebration or Grieving?

Another year gone by, another birthday for our child with additional needs, but how…

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5 Travel Tips for Long Haul Flights

We have just come back from an amazing holiday in Florida, 3 weeks in the sun which…

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The Heart of a Special Needs Dad

A father is defined as “a man who exercises paternal care over other persons;…

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Father’s Day

I owe my sanity to my husband, like really!

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