Christmas with Autism

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Five things I’ve learned about epilepsy since my son’s diagnosis

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Hospital Appointments

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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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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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Reflexology

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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

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The definitive guide to talking to a special needs parent

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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?

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

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

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Firefly Garden’s Sensory Advent Calendar

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

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Sensory Advent Calendar

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Christmas present ideas! (For under £100)

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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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