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

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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Finding Physical Activities Your Child Loves

Do you ever find it tough to choosing the right physical activities for your child…

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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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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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Memories and the Naughty Step

There’s a time and place for most things.

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by Ger Smyth
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Juggling Motherhood and Grief

It’s been an extremely difficult few months in the Followes' residence. 

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by Rochelle Followes
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National Sibling Day

My brother is different.

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by Mark Arnold
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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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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 3

Does the Down’s Syndrome Advantage confer any benefits on other members of…

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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 2

Are children with Down's Syndrome really easier to raise than those with other…

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by The Odd Sock Diary
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Who is She?

Who is She? She is the one we seek comfort from.

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by Ger Smyth
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Groundhog Day

I recently watched the film Ground Hog Day. If you haven’t watched the film,…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Resolutions for the New Year

Out with 2017 and in with the brand new 2018.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t make New year resolutions, I never keep them .I felt guilty about not…

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by Ger Smyth
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The Time was Right: Telling my son about autism

I had this perfect plan in my head of how I would tell my son about his autism diagnosis. 

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by Zowie Kaye
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First Christmas

I am one of those people that like to have everything bought for Christmas by August.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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When Autism Requires you to Parent Differently

Yes this is a picture of my son eating his dinner while sitting on a windowsill. Hardly…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Special Needs Families: Our Halloween

When my son was a bouncing baby I loved the pumpkin/skeleton themed romper suits…

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by Zowie Kaye
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ADHD Awareness

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children & teens and…

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by Ger Smyth
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When your autistic child has no impulse control

I took my 8 year old son with me to a shop to get some basic things I needed that…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Autism: Changing Seasons

I remember when I was about 6 and was sent to bed as it was 8 o’clock and past…

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by Zowie Kaye
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P word preparations: Puberty!

My son is about to start year 5 primary this September; back in year 3 when we had…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Special Needs Parenting: Back to School

The uniforms are bought and labelled, the beginning of the holidays are a distant…

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by Zowie Kaye
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For all the misunderstood girls and women with autism

I can see that confused look when someone speaks to you and you are desperately trying…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Random Acts of Kindness

I work for a company that is a great British Institution and one of its current marketing…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Fashion, Special Needs

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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Exercise – Vital for the Child with Autism, and his Mom

When a child seems to be propelled by a motor; always running, completing schoolwork…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Graduation Day

Cole will be graduating from middle school in ten days. He’s spent the…

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