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Special Needs

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

Special Needs Parents, CoppaFeel! This Month

Let’s talk about boobs, shall we? 

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Special Needs Mom: This is my story

Looking back at where I was three years ago, I would have never known the joy and…

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Special Needs Parents, CoppaFeel! This Month

Let’s talk about boobs, shall we? 

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Special Needs Parenting: How to survive the change in seasons

I feel like summer arrived and left in one day this year and already autumn has set…

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Special Needs Families: What you really say when you tell your child you are sorry!

It’s the summer holidays and for many parents this can be a really difficult…

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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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More than a Typical Daddy

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

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Happiness Is

Happiness is the quiet moment hidden in the blur of a busy day.

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No Limitations

With the New Year, comes new seasons and opportunities to play sports! We never knew…

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Miracles

We all have this fairy tale view of what a miracle is, you know, the big event that…

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A Different Kind of Playing

We had the amazing opportunity over the Christmas holidays to spend time visiting…

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Life, Interrupted

Here we are, once again sitting in a hospital bedroom. Waiting. Always waiting... 

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Special Needs Families: Winter

If you're like me, and love the summer, you'll be wondering where this sudden…

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Preparing for the ‘Flu-stive’ Season

Many people hang festive foil-wrapped chocolate shapes off their Christmas tree,…

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“Please just one bite” - Introducing new foods

I remember back to when my son was about 18 months old and he suddenly stopping eating…

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Taking time for Me!

Since becoming a mum 11 years ago, I haven’t been the best at taking time to…

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I am one in four, but why do I not want to talk about it?

I am '1 in 4*' but like many other women, I don't ever talk about…

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Five lessons my autistic daughter is learning through having a tropical fish tank

When my daughter was first diagnosed with autism three years ago this month I received…

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Is My Whole Family Disabled by Proxy? - Raising Children with Disabilties

“Oh! Look at how well she is doing (insert everyday something here)!”

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Special Needs Parenting: My biggest disappointment…

​I’m sure everyone is expecting me to say that my biggest disappointment…

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“I’ll Take Care of Her When You Get Too Old” - Raising Children with Disabilties

As parents, we all want to know that our kids will be fine someday without us. …

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4 Stages of Parental Sex - And Why Having Kids with Disabilities May Keep You at Stage 1

As everyone knows, sex is an important part of a healthy relationship.  Sexual…

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That Animated Film!

It would seem that everyone in the universe has seen the new Disney film Frozen!…

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All of us, son, love all of you

My son's NICU room is dark. I turned all the lights off in the bay; one lone…

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Ending the Stigma: Why We Should Never Stop Advocating for Our Children

Let's be real for a moment: there's still a huge stigma surrounding people…

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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…

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MT: the forgotten therapy

Our calendar is a colourful mix of codes. PT, physical therapy; OT, occupational…

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Eight Phrases Banned from Our Home

1. “The kid at the mall…” Any statement that begins with this…

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You don’t have to be a 24/7 advocate for your child’s condition

I hear the question pretty consistently.  "He is so cute -- but is…

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It takes a (bigger) village to raise a special needs child

Have you ever heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”? 

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It could have been me…

Two best friends from secondary school. My school trip room-mate. University weekends…

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