Special Needs Children

The Big Little Sister

Laura Rutherford | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

To Syd, Brody is Brody. She accepts him for who is he - her brother. And in a world where we really should just embrace differences and celebrate them, that's a beautiful thing. Because sadly this isn't always the case.

The Special Olympics - One Of Humanity's Greatest Achievements

Anushka Fernando-Goonetilleke | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Sport
Anushka Fernando-Goonetilleke

Not too long ago, intellectually disabled people were viewed as cacophonous chords that had no place in the musical score of society. Infact it wasn't...

Back To Baseline

Pam Jarvis | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
Pam Jarvis

The government has announced for the third time in 15 years that they intend to impose a baseline test on four-year-old children on entry to the Recep...

You're Everything I Never Imagined And More

Maggie Murray | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Maggie Murray

Honestly, I say I wouldn't change Oliver for the world. It's something all parents say isn't it? Regardless of whether your child has additional needs or not.  But I would change him.  I'd change him in a heartbeat. Does that make me a bad mum?  Does it make me selfish?  Quite possibly.  Most definitely.

Top Five Third Child Parenting Admissions

Ann Hickman | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Ann Hickman

I was suddenly reminded of some of the things I'd never have done with our first child Anthony, that Jane, our third, has either well and truly got away or just had to put up with. Some of which maybe even makes me question my parenting.

Global Development Delay: The 'Two Year Review'

Laura Rutherford | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

This time, there would be no follow up until preschool. There would be no referrals made. There would be no appointments to health professionals that I hadn't heard of. And there would be no confusing abbreviations thrown my way, which of course later would become part of my everyday vocabulary.

The (REAL) Great Nappy Debate

Laura Rutherford | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

I can honestly say that I've lost count of the number of times I have changed my son Brody's nappy in our car boot. Trying to shield him from passers-by, some of whom almost tut at the fact that I'm doing it. Like I want to be doing it.

We Need To Talk About Special Needs Funding

Harry Crawford | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Harry Crawford

Chances are you have come across someone with special educational needs. You might even have special needs yourself. It is not uncommon to have to m...

Thinking About School Transport When Your Disabled Child Starts School

Laura Rutherford | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

everybody banner Although, I wish so much Brody that we could have walked that path to your local school together, I know that your new school will take great care of you. I know that you'll meet lots of other boys and girls just as special as you are. And I know that you will continue to develop and amaze us - taking everything at your own pace, surrounded by love from people who care.

30 Hours Of Free Childcare - Unless You Have A Child Like Mine

Ann Hickman | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents
Ann Hickman

everybody banner But in the three years between Anthony accessing his 15 hours of free childcare and it being David's turn, local budgets had been cut for special educational needs in early years and the number of children needing this support had increased significantly. The council simply didn't have enough money to offer 15 hours of extra support to kids with special needs so they could get help during their 15 hours in pre-school.

Letter To The Prime Minister

Lisa Wootton | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Wootton

everybody banner Nobody plans on becoming a special needs parent. Nobody. You don't visualize the future caring for your child for the rest of your life. Inadvertently you are training them to be independent from a very young age.

I'm Not Ashamed To Sometimes Ask For Help

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

everybody banner Unfortunately, parents also have to battle and beg local services for help and equipment and, although personally to date, we've been very fortunate with our local services, I am well aware from friends and social media how the services you receive are somewhat a postcode lottery.

Holiday Time... Blues!

Laura Morrissey | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Morrissey

everybody banner Children break up from school, the summer yawns ahead of them, a freedom and also a gnawing sense of emptiness and a lack of structure, a structure which children - and especially children with special needs - so desperately need.

Back When I 'Just Knew'

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

That's not easy to come to terms with. I love Brody with all my heart and I know that everything happens for a reason. But sometimes I wish I knew what that reason was. No diagnosis means no prognosis after all. Still, having others to talk to who can relate really helps. It can make you feel less isolated in a world of unknowns.

7 Things Parents Of Children With Learning Disabilities Wish You Knew

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents

Shockingly, 70% of parents whose children have a learning disability have felt unwelcome in public when out with their child, almost two-thirds have m...

Parents' Guide To The General Election: What All The Manifestos Say About Children

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents

With the general election looming on Thursday 8 June we’ve been bombarded with political information over the last few weeks. It can be hard to make...

Products SEND Parents REALLY Want!

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

My friend and I often joke that if we were entrepreneurial enough, we'd set up a store for the disabled community with an array of products at affordable prices. Someone is missing a trick! There are so many products not on store shelves that I know would sell! And why are we so often ripped off?

Post Partum PTSD Support Needs Addressing - For Both Mums and Dads

Ruth Drake | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Drake

I don't think anybody would disagree that support for parents following trauma should be offered as soon as possible. However, due to an extremely underfunded and overworked NHS, this support is rarely forthcoming.

My Eight Year Old Isn't Potty Trained And It's Your Fault!

Laura Moore | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

Imagine how they must feel to know that their brothers and sisters don't have to wear a nappy, or that their friends know they are wearing one. Imagine their embarrassment when they have to relieve themselves in a nappy, it must be so degrading.

Fostering Means Everything To Me

Lynda Vickers | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Vickers

Our second placement was a boy aged seven with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. We had befriended his family when he was just five and when he went into care at the age of seven he came to live with us. Twenty years on, he still lives with us. He is happy but still needs a lot of support with his disability.

Why I Hate My Daughter's Hoist

Ruth Drake | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Drake

I have a total and completely irrational hatred of the hoist. A hatred which far exceeds any feelings about other specialist inanimate objects that are necessary in our lives now that Elin is almost nine. Until now it's just been dangling in the corner of Elin's room like an evil science fiction-esque spider, which I avoid eye contact with.

How Do I Know If It's A Seizure?

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Laughing was never something I ever associated with seizures. Then late one night when I was heavily pregnant with our daughter, Brody was asleep next to me and began laughing hysterically. I turned round to face him and he started having a clonic tonic seizure (I miraculously managed not to go into labour).

The Lack Of Answers When Your Child Is Undiagnosed

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Or at least if they don't know the answers straight away, they will in the end. It's not easy to process the reality that they can't always figure things out. That there are unknowns and sometimes - no matter how many tests - some syndromes are so rare they are a needle-in-a-haystack hard to find.

Why I Lie To My Grandad

Ruth Drake | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Drake

Elin started the Easter holiday this year by visiting her great nanny and grandad. Elin and my cousin's two gorgeous babies bring their great nanny a...

My Son's Autism

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

If you're walking a similar parenting path to mine, you've quite possibly heard the saying: "you meet one person with autism; you meet one person with autism". Sometimes I think that only those who really know someone with autism get how little others understand this.