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Real life stories, issues and experiences of day to day life by parents and healthcare professionals.

Special Needs Parenting: My Christmas wish list

I can remember writing out my Christmas wish list as a child, excited for all the…

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First Christmas

I am one of those people that like to have everything bought for Christmas by August.

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Fun, not therapy

My daughter, Miss Z, has multiple disabilities.  She can’t sit independently,…

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The Naughty Step

When you have a child that is delayed, has reduced mobility and doesn’t show…

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National Trust - A lovely family day out

We had the children’s cousin come to stay this weekend and we were lucky with…

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by The Inclusive Home
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Adapting is good… or is it?

So, we had our OT visit for the disability facilities grant. And I will admit I hated…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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The heartbreak of not having a definitive diagnosis

Before reading on, I want you to look at this photo and tell me if it’s a sad…

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Sleep – it’s a necessity, not just an option

When Miss Z was a baby, she was a terrible sleeper.  She rarely slept more than…

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A new little brother

Four year old Twinkle is our first born. She most definitely didn’t come with…

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There are therapies… and then there is Snowdrop

Is it just me, or do you sometimes feel like your child collects medical professionals…

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Keeping Friends After the Diagnosis

“SMS is not going to define our family.” That was our, okay my, mantra…

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When did life get so complicated?! Cars, motability and general ramblings…

OK, I’ll agree that I seem to make a habit of taking on too much. I’ll…

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Learning to Live With my Child’s Chronic Illness

One of the hardest things for me to to deal with when my daughter was first diagnosed…

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When your child doesn’t like to touch

I remember before my son Gabriel was born excitedly telling my then four-year- old…

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Disciplining Children With Special Needs

When my daughter, Bethany was two years old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.…

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Meet Twincess

It is fair to say that one of the most dis-respective things about peoples reaction…

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Learning to Juggle, and not always keeping all the balls in the air!

My name is Carolyn and I have a confession – I’m a working mother to…

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New Wheels

We are in the process of getting a new wheelchair for Afua.  It’s a daunting…

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Unpacking Special Needs Feelings

I was cleaning up our basement, a disaster really of piles that just need to be sold…

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Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish…

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by Ursula Toner
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Do we need to be cruel to be kind?

This is a question that I ask myself every day. And it’s a seriously tough…

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by Sarah Brisdion
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Life, according to Sam

So, where do I begin? While writing this, one of my favourite pieces of music came…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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The Positive Side of My Daughter’s Disability

Unfortunately for me, (and probably for those with whom I live) I come from a long…

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I Run 4

Through Facebook, I discovered a wonderful group which pairs runners with people…

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by Little Mama Murphy
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Conductive Education

When you’re told that your child has a disability (or several diagnoses, in…

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Lesson from a Stranger

“Please. Sit down.” I pleaded with my husband, Charlie, but he continued…

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The Sod’s Law of Special Needs Parenting 

Being a parent is a lot about planning but even more so if you are a special needs…

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This much I’ve learned…

I don’t know how I do it either.

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You Can Laugh or You Can Cry

I’ve always been prone to laughing. And it’s not just at funny things.…

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Focusing on the ‘Other’ Kids - Raising a Child with a Disability

When my son Matthew started to attend school for his OT and PT three days a week…

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I just want to be called ‘mama’ while he’s still my little boy

When I carried my two year-old out of his room last Saturday morning, his greeting,…

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by Emily Barbero
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Five Celebrities with Children with Special Needs

To us normal folk, celebrities seem to have it all and at times seem almost invincible…