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May’s first day at school: DENY. DENY. DENY. (from the archives)

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 | 3 comments

May’s first day at school: DENY. DENY. DENY. (from the archives)

From the archives a post for all those special needs parents whose children are starting school this month. DENY. DENY. DENY. I’ve been there. I’m a few years down the road now and I can say, categorically, it was the best thing we ever did for May. Here’s why: She attends a wonderful school with therapists on call and lots of people who love her. There are all kinds of things there that there is no possible way I could provide: hydrotherapy, dance class, sensory rooms and a massive playground. Hats off to you, parents. This will not be an easy term. Stay strong. You are...

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Another “impossible” on the 1000 things May would never do – done

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 | 5 comments

Another “impossible” on the 1000 things May would never do – done

Five years ago, I sat in a small office of a hospital with a professor at one side of a desk, my husband’s hand in mine and the weight of a list of all the things my daughter would never ever do, suffocating me. Thousands and thousands of activities pouring through my mind. Everything from toilet training to going to the circus. So, what happened next? Okay – toilet training is out. But there were plenty we did do. May went to the theatre. She performed in a school assembly. She danced (she doesn’t stop bouncing sometimes). Swimming. Travelling. Bed time stories. Carving a...

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5 for Friday: Power, Mystery and History!

Posted on May 2, 2014 | 0 comments

5 for Friday: Power, Mystery and History!

It’s Week Three of our 5 for Friday: Special Needs Round-Up. The Power! The Mystery! The History! Special needs blogs are not just about kids – as adorable as they are. This week, writers share inspiration from photography to the ancient past. Enjoy! 1. I stumbled across your blog a little over two years ago–and it changed my life. So begins an email to Kelle Hampton that she saved for years before an meeting took place that inspired her to reach out to find out more: Creating Constellations. For Kirsten from Enjoying the Small Things. 2. Sometimes you just need a photo....

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5 for Friday: Special Needs Round Up

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 | 1 comment

5 for Friday: Special Needs Round Up

It’s our second week covering special needs blogs. Hooray! Our first anniversary. I’d like to thank my family, friends, the academy… erm, okay I’ll get to it. 1. Renata from Just Bring the Chocolate has had enough. Why does everything about children with special needs have to be awful? Along with her family, and a load of other families, she created an awareness video for Undiagnosed Children’s Day (which happens to be today) that is entirely fun. My son even stopped watching Thomas the Tank Engine to see what was so interesting. Now that is major. And here it...

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What are the most accessible tourist attractions in the UK?

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 | 0 comments

What are the most accessible tourist attractions in the UK?

Vitalise has compiled a fascinating picture of disabled access to attractions across Britain. As a parent who is always telling myself and others to just “Get Out!” I can also speak to the unpredictability and disappointment of attempting this. This is a great resource and I’ve already ticked off a few more places to add to my Kids All Access… London review series. Enjoy and GET OUT! Where have you visited on the list? Tell us about it in the comments! Thank you to the team at Vitalise who created this infographic of the Vitalise Accessible UK Tourism Report...

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