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We invite parents to tell their own stories and are happy to consider real-life contributions with a positive, encouraging vibe!

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Michelle, the journey so far

Michelle, the journey so far

Michelle was one of the first parents to drop in on our very first Café Drop-in session! Here she tells us about her family's journey through diagnosis to understanding and then to starting her own Facebook Blog! Thanks for sharing your story Michelle! The day I first...

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Suggestions for surviving the season

Suggestions for surviving the season

As parents we hope to create a lovely, happy Christmas for each family member. However, when we have a child, or children, with additional needs it can be even more difficult to meet the needs of everyone. Care for the Family’s Katharine Hill once said, “Begin by...

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Bruises on the heart

Bruises on the heart

We are honoured to share this poem about domestic abuse, written by a woman known to us. The poem is not particularly about additional needs but families who are embracing and managing additional needs are not exempt from other issues, including domestic abuse. Thank...

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Making a themed holiday visual timetable

Making a themed holiday visual timetable

Huge thanks to Helen for this blog post. Helen is mum to two children with additional needs and is also a primary school teacher. Here she shows us how we can plan fun weeks and create a visual timetable for a holiday week at home. "I was trying to support an Autism...

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The pregnancy after….

The pregnancy after….

Nearly five years ago, Rae wrote the birth story for her third child, Gideon. He was very poorly when he was born and spent time in NICU and SCBU. At that time, she didn’t really have any answers and didn’t know what the future might hold. Since then Gideon has been...

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Worrying about the future

Worrying about the future

Nearly five years ago, Rae wrote the birth story for her third child, Gideon. He was very poorly when he was born and spent time in NICU and SCBU. At that time, she didn’t really have any answers and didn’t know what the future might hold. Since then Gideon has been...

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How to support a friend with a baby in Special Care

How to support a friend with a baby in Special Care

Nearly five years ago, Rae wrote the birth story for her third child, Gideon. He was very poorly when he was born and spent time in NICU and SCBU. At that time, she didn’t really have any answers and didn’t know what the future might hold. Since then Gideon has been...

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Dancing in the rain with the cards I’ve been dealt.

Dancing in the rain with the cards I’ve been dealt.

There are many expressions and sayings that well-meaning friends and family share with us when our child has additional needs. We never believed for one moment that “God only gives special children to special parents”. Neither were we impressed with “You must be so...

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Parenting priorities

Parenting priorities

Thanks to Michelle Jones for sending us this amazing poem. I am a parent with ADHD My house runs a little differently. It's full of laughter, love and mess, Come in, I'm trying my best. Just seems full of dishes and clothes And mess - when I got distracted as My boy...

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Six hours

Six hours

Well, that’s it. The school summer holidays are finally over and everyone is back at school. Many children take this in their stride. Many children are a little anxious but, being keen to see their mates, soon settle into the term time routine. Some children struggle...

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