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Until Sam was born I didn’t really know about children’s hospices; I…

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

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Developmental Delay? More like Groundhog Day!

​As in the film! You know the one with Bill Murray in a time loop, repeating the…

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Sometimes it’s all too much: Special Needs Parenting

We have had a lot to deal with around here lately.  Miss Z is going on month…

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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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Therapy Pets: Service Dogs

​​This month life has become considerably more chaotic with the arrival of a…

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Special Needs Parenting: Never hearing ‘I love you mummy’

The four words I fear I’ll never hear - “I love you, mummy” .

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Speech Therapy: Communication – the hard, slow revolution

​We are starting a communication revolution here. And we couldn’t be more…

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Hospital stays: Grab it and go special needs style

Miss Z has a talent for the unexpected. You can plan and organize to your heart’s…

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Special Needs Families: Wills & Trusts

What does the future mean to you? If you’d asked me this in my teens I’d…

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Transitions: Picking and Choosing My Special Needs Battles Wisely

As the mom of an awesome special needs daughter, I often find myself in the position…

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Grieving the child I could’ve had.. What if?

​Today I found myself venturing back into the world full of ‘what ifs’.

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The Science of Not Sleeping - Raising Children with Disabilities

It is 2.45 a.m. You are awake. Wide awake.  I look at you through the dim glow…

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Special Needs Bloggers: Interview with Emily Heaton

Through their blog posts we share in the lives of our Firefly Garden Special Needs…

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Special Needs Parenting: Best made plans…

This isn’t quite how I’d planned it to be, or rather how I’d imagined…

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Special Needs Fundraising: Those wonderful wish granters…

A year ago, I filled in an application to the Make a Wish charity, not really believing…

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Pick self up, dust self off, special needs style…

After having a bit of a pity party for one, I’ve now dragged myself off the…

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Special Needs Family Days Out: Time for a change?

I’ve never felt the need to pay a huge amount of attention to toilets, in particular,…

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Special Needs Parenting: A Date with Ourselves

I’ve been asked out on a date.

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Jump on in, the water’s fine! Raising Children with Special Needs

No cautious toe-dipping here. It’s all or nothing. So go on and commit. 

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The blended diet

For those who don’t have a super tubie like Sam in their lives, the blended…

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A Special Needs Grandad

I want to tell you about my Dad. As well as being a brilliant Dad, he is also a rather…

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To My Superhero for Father’s Day

To my Superhero: You may not wear a cape or really, really cool masks, but you fly…

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Special Needs Dad: Why He’s so Special

​Ronan was a good father figure, had a great work ethic, the breadwinner, we had…

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Don’t Say it Unless You Mean It:  Special Needs Parenting

We’ve all been there: “I’ll call you for coffee next week”…

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One for the Special Needs Dads…

​One for the Dads.. (This all from personal experience, I know no two families…

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Priorities change when you have a child with Special Needs

Boy how my priorities have shifted since a certain little girl entered my life. I…

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For Better or Worse (in praise of Loulou’s Daddy)

When I first saw Loulou’s Daddy many years ago at University I fancied him…

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Why I Love My Father: A Special Needs Father’s Day Tribute

‘An effective father devotes himself to become an instrument and model of human…

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GoTo Shop Campaign

Dear Firefly Friend My son Daniel is 6, he has profound and multiple learning difficulties.…

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When it all goes to @$%£!

There are days when I feel like I could take on the world.  Today is not one…

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