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Special Needs Families: Autumn is coming

The summer holidays have ended which can only mean one thing, the season is changing…

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Special Needs: Riding the Bus

Sebastian has been riding a bus to school for the past three years. He commutes to…

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Special Needs Families: Autumn is coming

The summer holidays have ended which can only mean one thing, the season is changing…

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Education Education Education

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago (oh OK in the ‘70s) non uniform wearing…

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by Jane Scott
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Things my daughter has taught me: Special Needs Parenting

11 months old and my daughter has taught me more than I have learnt in my life.

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Special Needs Parenting: You can never research too much

We have started to consider booking up activities for the summer holidays and have…

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Isolated but Finally Finding my Feet

When I had my first three babies, I had a group of mummies who I met up with weekly,…

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6 Years

Six years ago today at 37 weeks pregnant I was in the antenatal clinic for my final…

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The First Year of my Journey as a Special Needs Parent

This time last year I was pregnant with my 4th child, we had just started the long…

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Walking a Knife Edge

Never sure how to start posts like this one, it always seems so trite. 

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When Even the Specialists Don’t Know

Most days Sam’s status as a child who is undiagnosed just doesn’t bother…

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Woods and Trees

So, I may well have waxed lyrical about how it doesn’t actually matter to me…

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The Day I Discovered SWAN UK

My son was just 21 months when we had our first appointment with a geneticist back…

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Undiagnosed but not Invisible

Undiagnosed children day is rapidly approaching... it also makes over 1 year since…

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To have another child… or not?

There is a topic that crops up frequently on the special needs groups and while it…

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U is for Unique

We all like to think we are a unique don’t we? A bit special, destined for…

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Are you planning number two?

Zachariah is now 2 years old, and the questions of whether we will have any more…

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G is for .... Genetics

If it wasn’t for a ‘faulty’ or ‘quirky’ set of genes…

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What I’ve learnt as a SWAN parent

The 4th Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day takes place on Friday April 29th.…

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5 things I didn’t know about Undiagnosed Genetic Conditions…

…before I had a child with an undiagnosed genetic condition. My son Daniel…

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Raising Kids with Special Needs: Learning not to compare

​C was definitely one letter that conjured up a lot of words for me…

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What ifs, what onlys and the 10 things that make me happy!

​There is no getting away from the fact that being a carer is damn hard. …

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By a Special Needs Dad: Unanswered Questions, What Ifs and Escaping the Void

Last year, as Father’s Day approached, I jotted down some thoughts about my…

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Adapting

And I don’t mean houses here, I mean ME. It’s been a week now since our…

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The Naughty Step

When you have a child that is delayed, has reduced mobility and doesn’t show…

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The heartbreak of not having a definitive diagnosis

Before reading on, I want you to look at this photo and tell me if it’s a sad…

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Undiagnosed Awareness Day

*waves* Hello? Helllllooooo? Over here! Life is full of Awareness Days. All trying…

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My daughter’s label has fallen off

I am an accidental expert at choosing items in a shop that are missing their sticker.…

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Disabilities and Illnesses With No Name

Your child is presenting with a set of odd symptoms, or features that are interfering…

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Every day is Undiagnosed Day in our house

Remember when the postman used to deliver mail early in the morning? Well, these…

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A new little brother

Four year old Twinkle is our first born. She most definitely didn’t come with…

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