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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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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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by Miriam Gwynne
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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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by Mark Arnold
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I love my Daddy because…

I love my Daddy because…

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by Rebecca Toal
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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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Swimming Lesson Dilemma

For a long time I have wanted to have Freddie taught to swim.

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Epilepsy and Medical Emergencies

You may recall last month reading a blog I wrote about my daughter having her first…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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When the list of labels just keeps on growing

One thing all SN parents will say is that our children are much more than their diagnoses…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Formula v’s food?

For two years now, Sam has had a mixed diet of formula together with proper, actual…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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What can carers do about stress?

Being a carer and parent to a child can have a huge impact on your health.

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by Ann Hickman
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Swept Away, But Saved!

I will never forget the events of that sultry mid-summers day, both for the great…

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by Mark Arnold
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Stress Awareness and Support for Special Needs Families

Often the starting point for any organisation looking to be more inclusive of children…

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by Mark Arnold
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National Sibling Day

Siblings eh? Where would we be without them.

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by Ger Smyth
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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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Bohring-Opitz Awareness Day

Talynn Gurganus was born at 35 weeks on January 27, 2014.

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Easter

Yes, the time of year for chocolate indulgence; well, this mama is well into a successful,…

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by Zowie Kaye
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The Impossible

“We have done the impossible and that makes us mighty.” 

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by Jodi Shenal
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Finding His, “Thing”

Everybody has it.

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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What Our Dog Could Teach Some Professionals

She came into our world in December. 

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by Ger Smyth
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From A Mother To Her Mother

There really is nothing like becoming a mum.

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by Ann Hickman
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The Power of Innocence

“We didn’t realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having…

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by Emily Sutton
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The Great Clear Out

There is one thing I pretty much loathe doing.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Special Needs Parenting: Questions with Cameron

You ok baby? - “I’m fine thank you mum, are you?”

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Dunnes Stores launch clothing range for kids with special needs (ages 3-14)

Irish retailer Dunnes Stores has launched a range of clothing for children with special…

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“This feels funny”... Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

We as a family are four to five years into our diagnosed journey.  

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Marks & Spencer launch clothing range for disabled children

There is much excitement within the Special Needs Community today as Marks and Spencer…

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Thank You For Treating My Daughter Like A Superstar

Something happened to me today that squeezed my heart so tightly, and left me filled…

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by Jodi Shenal
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The Inclusive Books Every Child Should Know

May is Short Story Month, and we’re encouraging everyone to read and share…

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