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

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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Dear Specialist

We have waited many months for your appointment. Questions have been forming in my…

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Special Needs Siblings

Having 4 children is difficult, I am not going to lie. I love them with all my heart,…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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World Physiotherapy Day

On my journey so far, even though we have had tests and numerous trips to different…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Watching my kids gain independence

Let’s be honest here – sometimes watching our kids grow and gain independence…

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by Rebecca Toal
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A sporting chance

I used to sit worrying so much about how my little boy would feel during PE lessons…

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by Sarah Brisdion
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T is for Therapy

I’m back on the therapy cycle again, that little hamster wheel of hope and…

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by Sam Bowen
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Making Physiotherapy ‘Fun Therapy’!

I remember Zachariah’s first ever meeting with his Physiotherapist when he…

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by Rochelle Followes
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Holiday Hydrotherapy

We’re on our family summer holiday in Derbyshire, England and almost every…

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by Rebecca Toal
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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Our daughter’s Rett syndrome is a constantly evolving beast.  In the first…

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by Fiona Russo
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Life Hacks

Life hacks can sure come in handy when working with our children's equipment.…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Bringing Therapy Home

Many of us are familiar with therapy and services that may be offered for our children…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Firefly Launches New Playpak Therapy Programme

There’s no doubt that there’s lots of fun to be had with Playpak! But…

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3.2 Things you need to know about Playpak

A series of early intervention tutorials from Firefly and Flying Start’s Nick…

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by Nick Mant, PT
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3.1 Things you need to know about Playpak

A series of early intervention tutorials from Firefly and Flying Start’s Nick…

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by Nick Mant, PT
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2.2 Things you need to know about Playpak

A series of early intervention tutorials from Firefly and Flying Start’s Nick…

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by Nick Mant, PT
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2.1 Things you need to know about Playpak

A series of early intervention tutorials from Firefly and Flying Start’s Nick…

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by Nick Mant, PT
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1.3 Things you need to know about Playpak

A series of early intervention tutorials from Firefly and Flying Start’s Nick…

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by Nick Mant, PT
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1.2 Things you need to know about Playpak

A series of early intervention tutorials from Firefly and Flying Start’s Nick…

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by Nick Mant, PT
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1.1 Things you need to know about Playpak

A series of early intervention tutorials from Firefly and Flying Start’s Nick…

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by Nick Mant, PT
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Kids with Special Needs: So what? It’s just a pair of shoes!

There are a number of reasons we don’t do certain everyday things with Ethan.

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by Ger Smyth
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10 Tips to Encourage Independent Walking

One of the most common requests I receive is how to encourage walking.  

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by Firefly Community
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How to Introduce the ‘Just Right Challenge’ to Your Child’s Therapy

As a parent or caregiver of a child who regularly sees therapists, you may have noticed…

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by Bronwen Warner
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Making therapy fun!

​Sam has taught me many things in his 4 years so far. One of them is to have fun.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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5 tips for a successful first visit with a Physical Therapist

Going to various medical and specialist appointments becomes a common occurrence…

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by Natalie Diaz
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The PT’s Plea to Parents

I have three simple words for Early Intervention success.Let me in.

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by Firefly Community
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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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