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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

Let’s talk about boobs, shall we? 

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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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Thank you, Occupational Therapists!

As some you may already know, April is Occupational Therapy Month. We’ve been…

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Art Therapy for People With Special Needs

Art therapy is not just an arts and crafts class!

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Special Needs, Health & Beauty

Music and Movement for Children and Adults with Special Needs!

I began researching the benefits of music and movement for my own daughter whose…

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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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T is for Therapy

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

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Making Physiotherapy ‘Fun Therapy’!

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

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Holiday Hydrotherapy

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

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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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Hands-On Learning

Quite a while ago now, I received a letter from Freddie’s school asking whether…

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Using the Playpak in a School Setting

Jesse’s Story Jesse is a fun Kindergarten student who attends elementary (primary)…

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Food, Special Needs

Tube vs Food: are we making the right decision?

From day one getting food down my son has not been an easy task. I remember in detail…

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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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Raising kids with special needs: Get bitter or get better

​I’m often told that I have an amazing attitude towards Sam’s disabilities,…

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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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A Quick and Easy Home Exercise for a Child with Cerebral Palsy

As a parent or caregiver of a child with any type of physical difficulties you may…

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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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The healing power of animals

We love animals in our household… in fact, it really wouldn’t feel like…

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There are therapies… and then there is Snowdrop

Is it just me, or do you sometimes feel like your child collects medical professionals…

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Don’t Talk with Your Mouth Full!

“I wamp!” Garrett yelled out from his kitchen chair. Or, at least, he…

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When your child doesn’t like to touch

I remember before my son Gabriel was born excitedly telling my then four-year- old…

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The Power of Music

I have many memories that come to mind when I hear a particular song. The song we…

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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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Conductive Education Therapy

Conductive Education was developed by Professor András Pető. It is a systematic…

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Dolphin Therapy

Dolphin Therapy is the use of dolphins as a therapeutic resource. The therapy typically…

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Your Therapy Source

My Favorite Online Resource for Occupational and Physical Therapy and Special Education…

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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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Hippotherapy (horse-riding therapy)

This week I will focus on Hippotherapy (horse-riding therapy) What is Hippotherapy?…

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Acupuncture as an Alternative Therapy

In this weeks addition of ‘alternative therapies’ I will be giving an…

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Pet Therapy as an Alternative Therapy

Over the next few weeks I will be uploading numerous information documents on complementary…

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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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