Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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Three Ways Having a Dog Really Worked for our Autistic Son

The dog: ‘man’s best friend’ as they say. 

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Pet Sounds

I've had a bit of writer's block on this post.

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Therapy

It is difficult being a luddite married to a tecnophile.

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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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Using the Playpak in a School Setting

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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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In this episode of the Firefly Community Podcast we are joined by guest host Dr Rebecca…

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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 Benefits 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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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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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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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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A Little Bit About Aquatic Physiotherapy

I have always loved being in water. Over the years I have enjoyed it for different…

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