Special Needs

Six Life Lessons From the NICU

Alison Bloomer | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Parents
Alison Bloomer

For every nine families that walk out of the door of the maternity wing elated yet flagging, one will spend time in the neonatal unit. And within each unit is this room. A room that if it could talk would tell you such tragic tales. That has witnessed the deepest depths of despair.

This Is What I Learned, Living in an Intensive Care Unit

Suzanne Askham | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Askham

Recently I had the rare and shocking privilege of living in an Intensive Care Unit, or ICU, for three months. I was not a patient, nor a member of sta...

Eight Things I've Learnt About Life With an Undiagnosed Child

Alison Bloomer | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Parents
Alison Bloomer

The 4th Undiagnosed Children's Awareness Day takes place on Friday April 29th. The aim is to raise awareness of undiagnosed genetic conditions and SWAN UK (syndromes without a name), the charity that offers support and information to families of children affected by these conditions.

Isn't it About Time We Stopped Treating Disability Issues as an Afterthought?

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Stephanie Nimmo

Despite all the good words of the act and policies the reality of life is so different. Reasonable adjustments are not being made and all too often people with disabilities are being seen as a cost burden.

ADHD Is a Real Disability Not Just Childhood Immaturity

Alison Thompson | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents
Alison Thompson

Some parts of the media generally pounce on any opportunity to declaim ADHD as made up, or bad parenting, or a money-making invention of pharma companies. And every time a story like this breaks, it makes life for parents like me - parents of a child with ADHD - that little bit more difficult.

To My Son: You Will Always Be You, Aspergers Is Just a Label

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 16.08.2015 | UK Parents
Stephanie Nimmo

I remember when you were born, our first child, our boy, our son. We were filled with hopes and dreams for you, Daddy wanted you to be an Arsenal striker, fighter pilot and doctor all rolled into one (it's OK, he wasn't serious, well maybe not about the fighter pilot bit...). But what we wanted most for you was to be yourself.

Learning Disability? I Prefer to Call It Learning Ability

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents
Stephanie Nimmo

Learning Disability - ten years ago I had no idea what this actually meant. I could have probably quoted some textbook, meaningless phrase but the reality of life for someone with a Learning Disability - that was foreign territory for me.

To the Mother of the Baby With Special Needs - I Need You to Know These Things

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Stephanie Nimmo

For the mums who are starting out their journey, parenting a child with special needs, incase we don't bump into each other in the parent's kitchen here are the things I need you to know, from a mum who once was feeling the same as you...

Special Needs Mums Are Miserable Moaners With Greasy Hair

Alison Bloomer | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Parents
Alison Bloomer

Obviously, I don't think that parents of children with special needs are miserable moaners with greasy hair. Well not always. As for the greasy hair, I mean it in the metaphorical sense. In the way that, because of our offspring, we are sometimes viewed to be a bit downtrodden, frumpy, burdened, the underdog, the one (gasp) who is not much fun to be around.

Mum Thanks TK Maxx Employee Who Didn't 'See Any Difference' In Her Son Who Has Down's Syndrome

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Parents

A mum's message of thanks to a TK Maxx employee who made her shopping trip "less stressful" with a kind gesture to her son who has Down's syndrome, ha...

Are You Boarding the Special Needs Parent Train? Here, I've Kept You a Seat

Kate Shippey | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Shippey

Allow yourself time to grieve. Some people say that they feel like they've lost their child, that they have to get to know this other child who lives with them, and the changes that will occur in their lives.

Maintaining Your Mental Health When Your Life Isn't Mainstream

Alison Bloomer | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Parents
Alison Bloomer

Antidepressants are too often handed out as a cure all. Yet writing a prescription is not enough. It is like sticking a plaster on a gunshot wound. Special needs parents want to be able to manage, they want to be able to cope, and more importantly they want to be empowered to do this.

Deaf Children Are Being Failed by the Education System

Susan Daniels | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

Imagine a world where nearly two thirds of children were leaving school without getting good GCSEs. Parents would rightly be furious that their child hadn't got the right support at school. There would be outrage and a clamour for urgent action. But when it comes to deaf children, this is the reality that we face.

A School for All?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mik Scarlet

After spending a day at Putteridge High School meeting the students and the committed staff members, I am sure that the Inclusive approach to education really works. Putteridge does have two special needs groups, made up of children of all abilities and impairments, but the goal is for those students to enter the mainstream classes eventually.

The Importance of Parent Carer Support - the North Lancashire Directions Group Parent Carer Information Day

Jo Worgan | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

As a mum of a child with autism I know just how important it is to gain support from those around you who understand, namely other parent carers.

The Joys of Poo When Raising an Autistic Child

Jo Worgan | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Well I really do not like talking about poo, it's not one of my most favourite subjects really but it certainly needs to be discussed. The problems of pooing on the toilet are I know, not only unique to my son who is aged 5 .

Soft Play Session for Children with Special Needs

Jo Worgan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

We recently attended a private play session at a local soft play centre; this was for children with additional and special needs, their siblings and parents. My youngest son Tom, aged 5 has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Teen With Special Needs Tasered By Police At School

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A teenage boy with complex learning difficulties has been Tasered by police in the grounds of a special school owned by the exclusive Priory Group. ...


Caroline White | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline White

Each child is an equal, with their own set of strengths and weaknesses and the best job any parent can do is nurture them as individuals and make sure they are fulfilled, happy, respectful and kind.

Summer Lovin' - Camp America Part Two

Rebecca Root | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Root

Do I have to say anymore to recommend taking part in a Camp America Programme? No matter what your age, background or experience, camp can be life changing and the best fun you'll ever have. It has you doing things you never imagined with people you never knew existed.

Let's Get This Travel Thing Started!

Rebecca Root | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Root

So I applied to Camp America and got accepted to Round Lake Camp, Pennsylvania. I think possibly the best decision I ever made right there. It was an affordable way to go and see some of the world, I worked for two months and my visa gave me an extra few months to travel afterwards.

Hello Brick Wall, Meet My Head

Shan Ellis | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shan Ellis

What I am asking here is why does it have to be so bloody hard? All schools are given a SEN budget, unfortunately they are afraid of labelling a child at an early age, as are the County. The end result is a child who has no behavioural need is left to slide, loosing self-confidence in their ability.

Exclusion Figures Prove We Need to Tackle Root Causes Behind Bad Behaviour

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

When you see an unruly child making a scene at school it's easy to dismiss them as irresponsible and reckless. What people don't realise is that behind inappropriate and erratic actions often lies a tragic story.

Spell 'Thazz', 'Fape' And 'Spron' - The New Reading Test For Children

PA | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children should not be tested on made-up words like "voo", "terg" and "bim" to check their reading skills, school leaders warned on Monday. As six-...

Saying it Out Loud

Hannah-Jane Miles | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah-Jane Miles

When we are at a park or soft play area, and my little boy hits other children or pushes them over, it breaks my heart. Yet, I am still too embarrassed to tell them that he is autistic.