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Special Needs

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

What can carers do about stress?

Being a carer and parent to a child can have a huge impact on your health.

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Finding Physical Activities Your Child Loves

Do you ever find it tough to choosing the right physical activities for your child…

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Growing up too fast?

I had a shock today with my 7 year old daughter...I discovered underarm hair. The…

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Reaching out to other parents of kids with special needs

We had known each other once before, in school, but had lost touch for many years. …

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by Emily Barbero
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“Dear illegal parker…”

I have a square, blue card in the window of my minivan that is boldly imprinted…

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Learning to Juggle, and not always keeping all the balls in the air!

My name is Carolyn and I have a confession – I’m a working mother to…

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Unpacking Special Needs Feelings

I was cleaning up our basement, a disaster really of piles that just need to be sold…

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by Noah’s Miracle
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Mum’s in Hospital

When Jack went into hospital for major surgery I really wasn’t expecting it…

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Becoming a full time carer for my daughter with Cerebral Palsy

A few years ago; before all of this, I was very much a free spirit, very excitable…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Don’t Count Me Out:  Cerebral Palsy Awareness

Cerebral Palsy is a condition that impairs muscle coordination, which is typically…

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by Noah’s Miracle
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How long?!

So. Sam, as I have mentioned before, is a tall little dude.  And is now far…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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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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by Faith, Hope and Love
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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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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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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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by Sarah Brisdion
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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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by Being a Friend
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Genetics

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

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by Joyful Journey Mom
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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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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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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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by The Inclusive Home
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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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by Fiona Russo
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Dear Newly Diagnosed Special Needs Parent

Hello and welcome. You have now unwittingly joined an elite club of other special…

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by Jane Ashton
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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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by Joyful Journey Mom
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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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by The Inclusive Home
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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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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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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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by Faith, Hope and Love
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This much I’ve learned…

I don’t know how I do it either.

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