Special Needs Parenting: What a difference a year makes

“He who laughs most, learns best” – John Cleese.  In September…

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Special Needs Parenting: Acceptance is key

Few of us knew about our children’s conditions before they were born and even…

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Special Needs

Ending the Stigma: Why We Should Never Stop Advocating for Our Children

Let's be real for a moment: there's still a huge stigma surrounding people…

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Meet Bjørn

Meet Bjørn, one of the Faces of the Firefly Garden The Firefly Garden wanted…

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Focusing on the ‘Other’ Kids - Raising a Child with a Disability

When my son Matthew started to attend school for his OT and PT three days a week…

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I just want to be called ‘mama’ while he’s still my little boy

When I carried my two year-old out of his room last Saturday morning, his greeting,…

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by Emily Barbero
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Reflexology

What is Reflexology? Reflexology is an ancient form of therapy practised as a treatment…

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MT: the forgotten therapy

Our calendar is a colourful mix of codes. PT, physical therapy; OT, occupational…

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Eight Phrases Banned from Our Home

1. “The kid at the mall…” Any statement that begins with this…

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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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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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Keeping Romance Alive

Special needs parenting has a way of chiseling away at romance.   Between…

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My son’s need to go to school matters more than traffic

My son Matthew started attending school a few weeks ago to begin his classroom-based…

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Has being a Special Needs Parent made you superstitious?

Friday the 13th .... Would having a therapy or hospital appointment on Friday 13th…

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You don’t have to be a 24/7 advocate for your child’s condition

I hear the question pretty consistently.  "He is so cute -- but is…

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Special Needs Parents, Grief and Depression

Whether you had no idea that your child had special needs or even if you had suspected…

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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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Everyday Sensory Fun

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

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You soon find out who your friends are…

It’s a bit of a cliché isn’t it – you soon find out who…

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Unlucky?

David has never said the word ‘Mum’, yet I regularly shout at my kids…

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Merry Christmas from the Firefly Garden

A Christmas Message from the Firefly Garden… Wishing you ALL a very Merry…

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It could have been me…

Two best friends from secondary school. My school trip room-mate. University weekends…

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This special needs mum isn’t ready for Christmas!

​So it’s the 10th December and I still haven’t bought Daniel his Christmas…

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Firefly Garden’s Sensory Advent Calendar

​So it was with much excitement that we headed down the stairs on the 1st of December…

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Gifts for Seb. And kiddos like him.

Firefly Garden is sharing Kara’s great list of Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids…

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Get to know the Special Needs Bloggers

In the first of our ‘Get to know the Special Needs Bloggers’ series,…

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The American Thanksgiving with a Child who has Special Needs

When people think about an American Thanksgiving they assume it’s a holiday…

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Giving Thanks from an Irish Mom

Our two lands have a connection, Irish-American relations are well documented and…

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Sensory Advent Calendar

Firefly Garden Community Manager, Claire Smyth explains why she finds Christmas a…

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Christmas present ideas! (For under £100)

​After the kids have gone to sleep (or until they’re back up again anyway)…

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5 Simple Homemade Toys for a child with Cerebral Palsy

Children find fun in some very weird and wonderful things.

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Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Care What you can Afford For Your Child

Having a child with CP can bring a lot of expenses. Medical Aid in South Africa does…

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