Special Needs

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...

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.

The Grief, Hope And Reality Of A Special Needs Parent

Maggie Murray | Posted 27.08.2017 | UK Parents
Maggie Murray

I spent so long getting excited about what life was going to be like with my new little sproglet. Oh the adventures we were going to have and memories we were going to make. But, it didn't go to plan and there's absolutely nothing I could do about it.  I realised, that what I had spent months and months planning, was in fact, nothing but an attractive infatuation.

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.

The Unspoken Side Of Parenthood

Maggie Murray | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Parents
Maggie Murray

everybody banner The only way I can describe having an unhealthy baby is soul destroying, heartbreaking and eye opening. When I say unhealthy I mean constantly unwell. There is a problem, or sometimes multiple problems or conditions that they may never be able to overcome.

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.

Five Reasons Why Special Needs Parents Drown Again

Alison Bloomer | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Alison Bloomer

everybody banner "Do you think that we experience a second drowning? Years later when life settles down; similar to the first when we discovered our child, and by that token our life, was going to be different?"

I Wouldn't Change My Son For The World But I Wish I Could Change The World For My Son

Louise Pedlar | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Louise Pedlar

everybody banner Sometimes I wish there was some way to make things just a bit simpler for this little star. You wont ever see him complain though, and as parents we always find a way to help him achieve anything he desires, but it sure isn't always easy. And I can only imagine that the older he gets the harder this will become.

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.

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.

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?

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.

The Guessing Game When Your Child Is Non-Verbal

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

But it's also oh so bittersweet, like so many things, because I think of how easy she has it compared to our five year old son, Brody, who struggles to tell us what he wants constantly because of a learning disability and autism.

Raising Awareness Of Changing Places Toilets This Disabled Access Day

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

I won't give up campaigning for my child to have the basic human right of access to a toilet when we're out and about. Why should he be excluded? Why shouldn't our family be welcomed everywhere like all other families?

Reactions To My Son's Wheelchair

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

The wheelchair has been great. Pushing him in it is much easier than the buggy he was too big for. And sometimes it helps by providing a quick explanation to strangers when he has challenging behaviour. I suppose because with a wheelchair, disability is quickly visible. But it took a while to get used to having it...

Sensory Processing Disorder Is Unpredictable

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

It was only as time moved on -- when we realised that Brody had various disabilities and I had the opportunity to meet more doctors, therapists and mums walking similar paths-- that I discovered sensory issues was a thing. And that it was known to many as sensory processing disorder (SPD).

Mindfulness. A Special Needs Approach

Jane Scott | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Scott

This plan, based on the life experience of someone who I have studied assiduously for ten years offers you some answers, what you choose to do with them is your responsibility.

When Is It OK To Laugh At People With Disabilities?

Amanda Elias | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I get it, people don't understand Parkinson's, it's just a condition that makes you shake right? Wrong, sadly very very wrong. The thing with Parkinson's is that there is no one box fits all label, each sufferer will experience different symptoms.

Stuck At Home Mum

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

The sad thing is I don't even feel confident anymore going to friends' houses with the two of them. I can't sit down and leave them to wander and I can't follow them both when they go in different directions. Most friends don't need stairgates anymore or don't have to worry about things like hot drinks being grabbed or breakables being within reach.

I'm Sorry - A Letter To My Autistic Children

Jodie Eaton | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Eaton

I'm sorry I couldn't be of any help today at the school when you needed the parents to pitch in to help clean up the gardens. I'm sorry I never baked those cakes I promised the kids and myself that I'd make for the cake sale.

Defending Parent Bloggers

Kelly Kemp | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kelly Kemp

I write to keep those that care about us updated about Tink's progress (or not, as the case may be!). I write to share the funny things she does, the little things that amaze me or worry me. She's awesome and I want the world to know!

Five Things Parents Of Autistic Kids Wish People Wouldn't Say!

Kelly Kemp | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kelly Kemp

Of course, the vast majority of people are well-meaning, but, unless they have personal experience, it can be difficult to know what to say, how to react to the news. There are several things that people will say to parents when they hear of their child's diagnosis - here are some examples and suggestions of things to try instead!