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Special Needs

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

Fairytale of a Special Needs Christmas

It’s Christmas week babe,In our wild house,

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Tired and Grumpy, and that’s just Mummy

I believe the appropriate word is ugg.

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Communication and One Sided Conversations

I think parenting any child is forever changing, a multifaceted, and often complex…

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Special Needs Parenting: Holiday Heartache

The holidays are upon us! Get togethers, holiday traditions, shopping, and gift giving.

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Special Needs Families: A Weekend of Fun and Inclusion

This past weekend the Hinkley family took to the road for the annual Spina Bifida…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Special Needs Parenting: Lessons learned in 2017

I know we are only 90 something % into 2017 but already I am feeling quite reflective…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Special Needs Families: What do they see when they look at me?

What do they see when they look at me? 

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by Rebecca Toal
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Special Needs Parenting: Craving normality

One of the absolute worst times is when our children are poorly. 

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Special Needs Families: When your birthday rolls around

It has been nearly 365 days since we celebrated your sixth birthday. 

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by Jodi Shenal
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Special Needs Families: When there’s no room for the basics

I have a question for you; what do you do when you have an individual who uses a…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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I don’t want to be a carer, I want to be a mum

I don’t want to dress you each morning, even though you’re old enough…

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by Little Mama Murphy
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Epilepsy is Relentless

Before having Zachariah I’ll admit I had very little knowledge of the evil…

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by Rochelle Followes
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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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World Prematurity Day 2017

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

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by Rebecca Toal
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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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by Rebecca Toal
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The Life of a Carer

When I tell people that I am a carer, they generally ask where I work. They take…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Let’s Talk About Epilepsy

Being a mother to a child with multiple disabilities, I find one of the scariest…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Feeling the Pressure

After something of a hiatus over summer it’s good to be back as a (relatively)…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Special Needs Families: A New Baby

In 5 weeks or less we will go from a family of five to a family of six. The reality…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Slot Machine Heaven

I have two children the same age but who could not be more different. 

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by Miriam Gwynne
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World Kindness Day

Of all the traits I wished upon and try to bestow in my child – kindness is…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Mastering Life, One Skill at a Time

Life Skills.  Those two words have been hammered into my mind time and again…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Special Needs Families: Surrounded

It was a Friday morning and I was lying in a hospital bed watching the clock moving…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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The Pressure to be a Better Person - Anxiety and Me

This month we had World Mental Health day.  I wanted to get my two cents in…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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5 Things I Didn’t Realise Before I had a Disabled Child

1 Disabled toilets are really rubbish! I’m not going to lie, before my son…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parents: Does he ever laugh?

It was an innocent enough question, asked by a little boy who I am incredibly fond…

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If at first you don’t succeed - Our own personal battles with the authorities

We have just been victorious in our third giant battle against the powers-that-be,…

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by Emily Sutton
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Special Needs Parents: I am so proud

Too much time can be spent either ploughing through the day and going through the…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Special Needs Parents: Regrets

We don’t talk about them much, but I think most people have regrets - Mr. Sinatra…

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by Ger Smyth
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10 Special Needs Books to Curl Up to on a Cold Winter’s Day

As the weather changes sometimes there is nothing you'd like to do more than…

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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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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Special Needs Parenting: What a difference a year makes

“He who laughs most, learns best” – John Cleese.  In September…

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by Emily Sutton
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