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Special Needs

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

Special Needs Parents, CoppaFeel! This Month

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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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The importance of Friendships and Social Opportunities for Children With Special Needs

Humans are social creatures!  We all needs friends and opportunities to socialize…

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Special needs parenting: a ‘thank you’ to teachers and therapists

‘Bravo Mia!’ These are the words that guide me down the hall to Mia’s…

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Do we need to be cruel to be kind?

This is a question that I ask myself every day. And it’s a seriously tough…

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Hospital Appointments

So today I had a tiny insight into the world of hospitals and appointments where…

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Genetics

We adopted Afua 18 months ago without knowing much about her past. Her medical record…

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The Positive Side of My Daughter’s Disability

Unfortunately for me, (and probably for those with whom I live) I come from a long…

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The Ominous “First Year”

There is nothing in the world that can quite prepare you for the journey you embark…

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Rare conditions are an all-too-common story

I stepped out of the paediatric intensive care unit for a breath of fresh air.

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Graduating from Portage

​Since Twinkle was referred to early support services we have been lucky to have…

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“Where’s the cripple?”

Last week, I was coming out of the shops and putting my three younger children in…

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Hello! Everyone meet Aj.

​Hello! Everyone meet Aj. Aj was born at 40 weeks and 3 days gestation. 

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Living with Homophones

Unless you live with a toddler, you do not realize just how confusing our English…

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Marathon

We have a Doctor who works only with children who have complex medical needs. He…

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Conductive Education

When you’re told that your child has a disability (or several diagnoses, in…

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That Animated Film!

It would seem that everyone in the universe has seen the new Disney film Frozen!…

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Our DIY assistance dog

I obsess about things. They get stuck in my mind and I just can’t stop thinking…

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The Internet – A Special Needs Parent’s Best Friend

Technology never fails to amaze me. Not just the medical technology that exists that…

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Lesson from a Stranger

“Please. Sit down.” I pleaded with my husband, Charlie, but he continued…

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Sometimes I feel like a Wishy Washy Special Needs Mom

As a special needs parent I often make important decisions on behalf of my daughter,…

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This much I’ve learned…

I don’t know how I do it either.

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You Can Laugh or You Can Cry

I’ve always been prone to laughing. And it’s not just at funny things.…

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All of us, son, love all of you

My son's NICU room is dark. I turned all the lights off in the bay; one lone…

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Noah’s Rare Disease Story

You could be forgiven for thinking ‘Why us?’ if your child is diagnosed…

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Special needs parenting: a ‘shout out’ to the daddies

Let me begin by saying that I’m aware that the sweeping generalisations I make…

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by Fiona Russo
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Hearing our son speak would transform our world

Matthew is my youngest son and he has special needs due to a genetic disorder. …

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by Jessica Rivera
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The Day we Received Amy’s Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Nothing can quite prepare you for the array of emotions you will feel when given…

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Finding Balance

On Sunday evenings, my usual routine is to look at my calendar and see what the week…

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No Longer Alone:  Finding Another SMS Family

My husband, Charlie searched through his wallet and pulled out our son’s kindergarten…

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A New Normal

Sitting in my house 4 years ago, staggered at the different turn my life had taken…my…

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Hints for Preparing Special Needs Children for Medical Procedures

There is nothing easy about it when your child needs a medical procedure performed.…

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