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Special Needs

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

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

‘Good friends show their love in times of trouble, not just in times of happiness’…

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3 Ways to Help Siblings Bond when One has a Disability

I grew up as one of four children. There were times when we were best friends and…

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Being a Working Mum

Alternatively, In Praise of the Stay at Home Dad.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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3 Things I Would Tell My Past Self - If I Could

When I think back to 2009 when William was born it is all a bit of a blur

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by Laura Moore
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Beauty and Cruelty: Sharing Bad News with the Special Needs Child

Nearly thirty years ago, Manchester welcomed this Southerner with open arms.

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by Jane Scott
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Teamwork

Do you sometimes think that everything is up to you?  That if you don’t…

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by Mark Arnold
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Social Media: One of the Greatest Oxymorons There Is?

I mean, just how sociable is social media?

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by Angela Kelly
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Of Bikes and Unicorns

As the parent of a disabled child I have a heartfelt wish to see a world that is…

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by The Odd Sock Diary
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When your Child is Terrified of Being on Red

Every morning I walk my chatting, bubbly girl to school and every morning I watch…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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The Judgement of Mothers: When Breast Isn’t Best

I have no problem with any mother who breastfeeds her baby in public. 

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by The Odd Sock Diary
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MPS Awareness Day

It’s the same date every year.15th of May.

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by Ger Smyth
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10 More of the Most Positive and Supportive Things Said to Special Needs Parents

We asked you, ‘What is the most positive or supportive thing anyone said to…

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Sometimes I Just Wish they Would Listen to Me

One thing that I have never had to worry about when it comes to Zachariah’s…

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10 of the Most Positive & Supportive Things Said to Special Needs Parents

We asked you, ‘What is the most positive or supportive thing anyone said to…

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A Recommended Procedure

Oliver is now three years old, and we have been blessed to only have follow up/ regular…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: The Diagnosis

On Christmas Eve morning 2012, we stared at a little heart beating on an ultrasound…

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by Vicky Martin
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Happy Birthday Oliver

April 11th, my little man Oliver celebrated his third birthday!

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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With Friends Like These

The internet is a very valuable tool for parents like us, not just for research purposes…

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Does the Age you Achieve Actually Matter?

Did you know universities actually seek 'mature students' and some employers…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Special Needs Parenting: Is this as good as it gets?

I’ve had a feeling for a while now – this is as good as it gets.

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by Claire Smyth
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Confessions of Special Needs Parents

From the ForumReal life confessions from special needs parents…

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My Non-Verbal Son Can Communicate

Our son is four years old and nonverbal. He does not speak, but he has a lot to say.

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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If I Could Write a Letter to Me

If I could write a letter to myself, I would start with telling myself that it is…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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The Day I Discovered SWAN UK

My son was just 21 months when we had our first appointment with a geneticist back…

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by Claire Smyth
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Decisions

It is mentioned over and over.  It is put into conversation with doctors, physiologists…

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by Ger Smyth
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Global Developmental Delay

Our son is diagnosed with global developmental delay.

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Is there ever a right time?

So, we have our meeting coming up with the Consultant to discuss Zachariah’s…

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My Son is Not a Lost Cause

It was our usual Saturday morning and ever since he had woken at 5:30am my non verbal…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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We might not have a medical degree but we are also experts- experts in our own kids.

I recently set up a joint meeting with some of the professionals involved in Freddie’s…

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A Peek into the Future of an Autistic Child

I often wonder what my children are going to be like when they grow up, 

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