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The Kindness of Strangers

Christmas this year was a bit of a wash out. In the seven-week run up, our house…

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It’s Okay to Mourn

My daughter is now 17 months and I have only just accepted that it is ok to mourn.

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Starting school - not so scary after all

One of the huge moments in any child’s life is the day you start school. 

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by As Alex Grows Up
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Everyday Sensory Fun

Four year old Twinkle has Sensory Processing Disorder, something I’d not really…

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by The Inclusive Home
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Do the cons of botox for mobility outweigh the pros?

Early December we went for Bella’s 3rd round of Botox.

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by Natalie Luckett
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My son is almost ready for a hoist - why is it so hard to accept?

This year we are going to be having some adaptions done to our bungalow to make it…

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by Jane Ashton
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Learning Her Diagnosis

It was one of those days that we expected to be like many others at our children’s…

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One-sided conversations with my non-verbal child

If you were to see me out and about with Mia, you’d think we were having a…

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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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A New Year - A New Challenge

So New Year and all the new year resolutions that come with it. This year I’ve…

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When did this become so normal?

I had a bit of a moment today. Sat in Starbucks (again) #dontjudge I was feeding…

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Preparing My Child for Big Life Changes

It’s safe to say BIG changes are coming my son’s way, and fast.

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by Telina Knight
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Don’t Call My Kid Dumb

One thing I absolutely hate hearing is “What’s wrong with your kid and…

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by Telina Knight
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The GoTo Shop

​Do you have a favourite supermarket? I do, it’s Tesco. I like my Clubcard…

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by Firefly Community
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You soon find out who your friends are…

It’s a bit of a cliché isn’t it – you soon find out who…

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by Firefly Community
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Blended Diet – Giving everyone a choice about what they eat with a feeding tube

Cerys had a gingerbread biscuit today. She is two and really liked it. 

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by Firefly Community
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“Totes Emosh!” - A Heart-Melting Message from 15-Year-Old Emily to her Little Sister

I’d like to do something a little different today.  

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by Fiona Russo
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“Dear Outraged Onlooker, I Know It’s Cold, But You Try Keeping Clothes on This Kid”

I am writing an open letter to the people in our town. 

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by Jessica Rivera
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The Benefits of Confiding in a Stranger when you are a Special Needs Parent

Not only do you suddenly wake up with your life flipped upside down when you hear…

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A Sensory Calendar Update

​So as we pass the halfway point of the advent - I thought I’d give you an…

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by Firefly Community
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Adapting Christmas Traditions for Our Daughter

We went to get our family photo with Santa yesterday. 

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by Fiona Russo
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This special needs mum isn’t ready for Christmas!

​So it’s the 10th December and I still haven’t bought Daniel his Christmas…

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by Firefly Community
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It’s rude to stare! Or is it?

There are very few mums and dads of kids with special needs who haven’t been…

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by Firefly Community
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“Dear Doctor, Here’s a List of Things My Daughter CAN do…”

Every day teachers, doctors and society seem to tell me what my daughter cannot…

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by Natalie Luckett
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Dear other Special Needs Parent…

Dear other Special Needs Parent, During the holiday season, I can be particularly…

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by Jessica Rivera
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Firefly Garden’s Sensory Advent Calendar

​So it was with much excitement that we headed down the stairs on the 1st of December…

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by Firefly Community
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Being thankful

An other thankful post from a Special Needs Family.​ Read more here.

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The American Thanksgiving with a Child who has Special Needs

When people think about an American Thanksgiving they assume it’s a holiday…

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Giving Thanks from an Irish Mom

Our two lands have a connection, Irish-American relations are well documented and…

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As Charlie Gets Bigger, Our Home Seems to Get Less Accessible

My parents have always been nomadic.  Dad is a builder and except for my high…

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by Fiona Russo
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Learning to Be Thankful for My Special Child

He doesn't ride bikes like most boys his age. He's at the bottom of his class…

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by Telina Knight
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Two Trimesters and No Time to Think (With prematurity, forewarned is not necessarily forearmed)

​If pregnancy is a car journey and the birth is the destination, then being forewarned…

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Prematurity - Our Story

Pre – mature Pre – meaning to come before or previous and mature –…

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