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Special Needs

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

Does the UK lead the way when it comes to Changing Places?

The official changing places campaign has been running for over 10 years and we currently…

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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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The Kindness of Strangers

In today’s world, an act of kindness is appreciated now more than ever.

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Special Needs Parenting: Breastfeeding with oral dysphagia

As it is World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I would write a little bit about my…

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Special Needs Parenting: The trauma of change

And no, this time I’m not talking about the weather.

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Special Needs Parenting: When she’s not there

My identity as me and not just mum!

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Special Needs Parenting: Ambushed

My heart aches today. Not for any particular reason, it just does.

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The things we resort to when there has been no bench and hoist

It is estimated that 1 in 260 people in the UK need an adult sized changing bench…

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The Sideline Mom

We all may see it all too often... The struggling mom on the sideline

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Special Needs Parenting: Why is she Doing This??

"Why is she doing this?"; A question I have found myself asking since Amy…

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Awards and Conflicting Emotions

And lo, we are in the summer term and it’s only a few more weeks until the…

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Getting in the Zone: Running & Special Needs Parenting

At the risk of sounding like a Sports Billy, I love running. I also have two children…

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Isolated but Finally Finding my Feet

When I had my first three babies, I had a group of mummies who I met up with weekly,…

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Dare to Date: A Discussion with a Single Special Needs Parent

Finding love again isn't selfish, it's called self-preservation.

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Special Needs Families: The stress of moving house

I read somewhere that moving house is only second to divorce in the list of "most…

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Blogging About Disability Part Two: Groping for Words

In Part One of Blogging About Disability I talked about how language both reflects…

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Special Needs Parents: Why won’t he say sorry?

Why won't he say sorry?! She said as she clung to me and wept...

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Special Needs Parenting: My life as it was meant to be

As the parent of a child with Down’s Syndrome, I need to live forever, or at…

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Special Needs Parenting: Never say never

When I was younger, looking back, I was oblivious to many things.  

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Special Needs Parenting: How I stand up for my daughter

My beautiful little girl is six years old now. She is deaf and mostly blind and has…

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10 Things I am Glad my Son with Learning Difficulties Will Never Do

This is Isaac. He is almost 9 years old yet still cannot tell you his own name.

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The Love Behind Special Needs Adoption

The adoption process for any family can often be long, complicated and unpredictable.

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Dread of the Summer Holidays

Summer holidays are looming and for teachers they cannot wait to skip off for 6 weeks…

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Blogging About Disability Part One: The Power of Words

It is widely recognised that blogs are now an important part of the online world.

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Special Needs Families: Epic Parenting Fails from an Expert

I read somewhere that all anyone can expect is to be a good enough parent. 

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The Power of a Hug

'If you could go anywhere in the world to do a good deed for someone, where would…

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It is Summer

Yep; for most parents they relish the lack of routine, the lack of having to get…

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The Definition of a Friend

friend/frɛnd - nouna person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection,

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How Not to Parent: Summer Holiday Edition

Over the past eight years I have been taking part in a social experiment called the…

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Will we Ever be Out of the Woods?

Once you’ve been through a frightening, challenging experience, you feel an…

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Just One Thing

I was asked the other day if there was a particular skill that Sam didn’t yet…

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Welcome to the Family

Newly inducted to The Special Needs Parenting Club? You may not feel it’s the…

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