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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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by Emily Barbero
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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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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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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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SPD Is Not Misbehaving

I have two children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The symptoms and triggers…

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Planning A Holiday

Planning a holiday with a child as medically complex as Hugh can be somewhat challenging…

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Angelman Syndrome - Logan’s Story

To help raise awareness of Angelman Syndrome, The Angelman Syndrome Foundation has…

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The definitive guide to talking to a special needs parent

It seems like everywhere you turn, there is another article listing five, ten even…

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Blended Diet for Tube Fed Kids – Our Journey

If you had told me this time last year that I would be tube feeding my child 100%…

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Educational Games and Activities for Visual and Tactile Learners

Many individuals who have autism or other special needs are visual and tactile learners,…

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When People Do Not Believe the Diagnosis

I promised myself I wouldn’t be like them. Those moms with a chip on their…

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Out and about

The days are getting longer. whoop! This means, for us at least, a return to family…

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You can’t care for your child if you don’t care for yourself

Being a parent is tiring and difficult, being a parent to a child with special needs…

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Searching for Answers

After a short stint in the neo-natal unit due to being born with pneumonia, Hugh…

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If I could travel back to the day of my daughter’s diagnosis, I’d say this…

Diagnosis can come at different times for everyone.

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The awkward moment your child points at mine: how to turn awkwardness into positivity

Yes, I saw the look of horror on your face as we rolled our adaptive stroller into…

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by Erika Fässler-Nelson
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How To Survive Being Friends With a Special Needs Parent

It can be hard to be a friend to a special needs parent sometimes. We can be highly…

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by Fiona Russo
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Music to feed the soul

Music first entered our lives in the hospital.  Looking back on it now, I realize…

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How To Help During a Medical Crisis

One beautiful and unseasonably warm fall day many years ago my husband and I found…

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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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Everyday Sensory Fun

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

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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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