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Special Needs

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

World Prematurity Day 2017

We are the forever grateful parents of an ex-premature baby.

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World Toilet Day 2017

Wow. There honestly must be a day for everything. Until about a week ago, I didn’t…

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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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A Gift to my Husband on Father’s Day

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

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More than a Typical Daddy

In our world of special needs parenting we often hear little from or about these…

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6 Years

Six years ago today at 37 weeks pregnant I was in the antenatal clinic for my final…

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The First Year of my Journey as a Special Needs Parent

This time last year I was pregnant with my 4th child, we had just started the long…

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Just a Kid Watching Other Kids on YouTube

Yes, my three year old can master my iPhone and click open Youtube Kids to watch…

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What Really Matters

How do I explain to people who don’t understand that for all his issues, my…

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Redefining Daddy

I have been many things in my life and I have been called many things (I'm sure)…

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Global Day of Parents

Some people plan to be parents, take all the organisation and preparation in delight. 

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Being a Working Mum

Alternatively, In Praise of the Stay at Home Dad.

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Beauty and Cruelty: Sharing Bad News with the Special Needs Child

Nearly thirty years ago, Manchester welcomed this Southerner with open arms.

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Social Media: One of the Greatest Oxymorons There Is?

I mean, just how sociable is social media?

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5 Things I Would Like People to Know

As far as anyone knows we’re a nice, normal family… so stated the sign…

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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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Comfee Seat

We started the process months ago.We talked about it.

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Ahh…Someone’s Coming to Visit!

A humorous look in the mind of a special needs mum when a professional is coming…

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When Even the Specialists Don’t Know

Most days Sam’s status as a child who is undiagnosed just doesn’t bother…

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Woods and Trees

So, I may well have waxed lyrical about how it doesn’t actually matter to me…

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The Electric Wheelchair

We’ve had it for almost two years now. At first it was daunting; going out…

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Thinking of the Special Needs Moms that are Struggling on Mother’s Day

After a long night caring and keeping your child with special needs safe, comfortable…

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Having Children at Different Schools

As I fill my washing machine yet again with dirty laundry I am yet again reminded…

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Surprising me Every Day

Being punched in the nose, having your cheeks wiped with saliva hands and all the…

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Does the Age you Achieve Actually Matter?

Did you know universities actually seek 'mature students' and some employers…

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Special Needs Parenting: Is this as good as it gets?

I’ve had a feeling for a while now – this is as good as it gets.

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Confessions of Special Needs Parents

From the ForumReal life confessions from special needs parents…

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If I Could Write a Letter to Me

If I could write a letter to myself, I would start with telling myself that it is…

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Decisions

It is mentioned over and over.  It is put into conversation with doctors, physiologists…

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An Upgraded Easter

As some of you may remember, Oliver started playing sports for a local organization…

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A Peek into the Future of an Autistic Child

I often wonder what my children are going to be like when they grow up, 

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