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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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Let’s Talk About Epilepsy

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

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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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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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Slot Machine Heaven

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

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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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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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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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Special Needs Parents: Regrets

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

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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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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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Waiting rooms and autism

Waiting is something both my children struggle with. 

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by Miriam Gwynne
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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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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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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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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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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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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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