Special Needs Children
It might be a job to others but for us, it's a lifeline. Sanity. You will get us for 100% of your time. We work to a tight schedule and need to leave on time so will work like a ninja to make sure everything is completed on time. No time for office gossip, there's work to be done! Our productivity levels will make you question what your fulltime staff do all day!
Despite all of the risks associated with epilepsy, SUDEP has never been discussed with us by any of Brody's paediatricians. I found out what it was in a leaflet that was handed to us when he was diagnosed. It was briefly mentioned on a page, almost as though it was an afterthought.
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.
Not too long ago, intellectually disabled people were viewed as cacophonous chords that had no place in the musical score
The government has announced for the third time in 15 years that they intend to impose a baseline test on four-year-old children
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chances are you have come across someone with special educational needs. You might even have special needs yourself. It is