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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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Special Needs Parenting: Acceptance is key

Few of us knew about our children’s conditions before they were born and even…

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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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Baby Loss Awareness: Our Darling Daughter

A single heartbeat,  Constant tears,   There wasn’t enough, …

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by Ger Smyth
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ADHD Awareness Month

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which is also referred to as ADD…

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Waiting rooms and autism

Waiting is something both my children struggle with. 

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by Miriam Gwynne
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The stigma of mental health

I recently told someone that I had depression and that is why I wanted to raise awareness…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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World Mental Health Day - Anxiety

Hi...my name's Zowie; I am a full-time mother and wife, a Financial Crime Analyst…

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by Zowie Kaye
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Special Needs Education: Thankful for our 1:1 assistant

My daughter has just embarked into another school year. She’s an active six…

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by Rebecca Toal
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Why has society got such an issue with parents being carers to their own children?

'What do you do for a living?' 'I am a carer.'

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Special Needs Families: Neuro, Urology and More

We have had another busy month, now that routine visits are being called for again.

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Special Needs Parents: Loneliness

As a mother to a child with extraordinary needs, I am busy.

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Special Needs Parenting: Two Kids, Two Schools

The Friday before the school year was set to begin, we took an impromptu tour of…

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by Kara Melissa
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Special Needs Parents: When life keeps reminding you you’re different

I received an email recently from a well-known "motherly" high street store.…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Spend, Spend, Spend!

Despite a couple of decades out of the education system, I seem to be very susceptible…

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by Jane Scott
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Special Needs Parenting: Sleep

This post only really needed that title to probably grab your attention. If you're…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Can charities really help the every day person?

I have always given my £10 a month to a few charities, I didn’t really…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Special Needs Parenting: Allowing Yourself to Go There

We recently learned our son’s hearing loss has progressed even more in the…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Global Development Delay: The 2 year review

My daughter Sydney recently had her 2 year developmental review with our Health Visitor. 

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by Laura Rutherford
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Special Needs Parenting: How to survive the change in seasons

I feel like summer arrived and left in one day this year and already autumn has set…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Families: What you really say when you tell your child you are sorry!

It’s the summer holidays and for many parents this can be a really difficult…

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by Angela Kelly
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Special Needs Parenting: Back to school

I will go into the bookstore hand over his school book list and pay the cashier a…

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by Ger Smyth
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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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by Jodi Shenal
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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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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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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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by Carolyn Voisey
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Special Needs Parenting: When she’s not there

My identity as me and not just mum!

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Special Needs Parenting: Ambushed

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

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by Carolyn Voisey
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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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by Brittney Baumgartner
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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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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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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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