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Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

I love when the clocks go forward, the weather is warmer and the nights lighter,…

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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To Daddy, love Sam

I see you Daddy, standing just behind Mummy.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Three Reasons to be a Volunteer as a Special Needs Parent

There are so many reasons why NOT to be a volunteer as a special needs parent:

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Accepting Spinal Surgery

It was quite a long time ago now that Zachariah was diagnosed with scoliosis (curved…

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SEN, online safety and gaming!

“what the…………….. oh comeeee onnnnnn…………….…

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Return of the Seizure

I love writing blogs for Firefly.

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Public Inconvenience

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

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Celebrating Global Tracheostomy Awareness Week

This year, from May 20th to May 26th, we celebrate Global Tracheostomy Awareness…

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Three Tools for Mental Health

I have been on antidepressants ever since being diagnosed with depression as a teenager.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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International Day of Families

I am fortunate to have a big family – and a close one! 

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by Zowie Kaye
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Teacher’s Day – Being An Additional Needs Teacher AND Parent

School teaching staff, including Teachers, Teaching Assistants and the wide range…

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by Mark Arnold
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International Day of Families 2018

May 15, 2018 marks this year’s observance of International Day of Families. 

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Mental Health Awareness Month

Statistically there are 1 in 4 people who suffer from a mental health condition and…

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National Sibling Day

I am the eldest of five children and our household was always hustle and bustle growing…

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Purple Day

 Epilepsy and Autism

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by Mark Arnold
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Snow Days

Or should that be “SN-oh! Days”, for those, like us, who have a child…

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5 Benefits to Blogging

It's true that bloggers write incredibly powerfully about special needs and mental…

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Thank You for Seeing My Son for Him

When Oliver was diagnosed with spina bifida, Aaron and I knew that we would soon…

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Tesco to roll out the GoTo Shop Trolley

​Have you heard the news? 500 Tesco stores across the UK will soon have Firefly…

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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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Greener Across the Pond? Exploring Special Needs Differences Between the US & UK

They say the grass is always greener on the other side. But is it when you have a…

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Coming soon…

The Firefly Finder We’re very excited to announce that our new Firefly Finder…

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Changing Places Conference 2015

If I’m completely honest I wasn’t really looking forward to the very…

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VAT Relief for Disabled Children

VAT Relief for Disabled Children Research shows that families in the UK with disabled…

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Let’s talk about our mental health…

Hi, I’m a special needs mum. Oh you are too? Great, let’s talk about…

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