Special needs round-up: We’re in full Spring

special needs blog posts sliderWelcome back to the Special Needs round-up this month, again packed with inspiring and heart-warming stories from the SEN and disability community. Do link your posts below with any campaign, charity, awareness flags you are flying, or simply to release whatever bee happens to be buzzing around in your bonnet at the moment, to be included in next month’s column.

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and I never cease to be amazed at the number of fabulous, passionate and informative blogs that exist to improve the lives of families and extend support to one another. I have learnt so much about ASD over the years as SEN editor for Britmums, simply by reading the wisdoms they contain. 2nd April was Autism Awareness Day, and this post from Tania Tirraoro Autism Understanding Day – Why hasn’t it Caught on Yet? was a perfect start point.

Joanna Henley of Ojo’s World, encouraged us to “Support, encourage and learn” throughout the month in this positive and accepting post Autism Awareness Month.

Lauren Holmes of Blogger Mummy Lauren writes about the begining of her ASD journey, the point where a diagnosis is sought. ASD: Or journey so far is a must read for anyone waiting for or just receiving a diagnosis for their child.

Stephs Two Girls writes a very thought-provoking post about inclusive schooling and struggling to find the right solution for her daughters, one of whom has PDA and ASD. Read What is inclusion? Should all schools be inclusive? here.

Special Parents

This month I was fortunate enough to fly to Belfast and see the incredible new invention the Upsee by Leckey in action. There were tears as a group of bloggers and parents watched wheelchair-using children walk alongside their siblings and partake in everyday activities with the support of their carers. The system was created by a very determined and driven mother over many years. Read about pioneer Debby Elnatan and the revolutionary Upsee here.

Sometimes parenting a child with health needs or a disability can get overwhelming. We feel as if we are drowning. I was particularly struck by this post by Lynsey The Mother Duck who descibes the emotions as her son faces surgery. We all feel powerless at times and I’m sure many of you can relate to what she writes in The Tsunami of Emotions.

Sara who writes Walking with Angels talks about her overpowering grief as she works her way through family videos, bringing images of her precious angel Livvy to the fore in I Can’t Breathe. I urge you to browse her beautiful blog, that gives support to other grieving parents.

If you need to give yourself a boost, to remind yourself of the good work you are doing as a parent, then read this incredible poem by Erma Bombeck that I come back to time after time: Special Mothers.

Warmer Weather

With warmer weather on the horizon it’s great to be able to get out and about and enjoy our family together time. The clan over at Cakes Photos Life took full advantage of a trip to San Francisco to have a slightly more adventurous outing than planned. Read Rodney Vs Go Cars to find out how they got on.

If you ever need inspiration to get out in the great outdoors, do pop over to Fiona at Coombe Mill’s Country Kids linky, and share your stories too.

Good luck to all those incredible SEN blogs that have been nominated in the prestigious Brilliance in Blogging Awards, the BiBs. Remember, if just one person learns or takes comfort from your blog, even if that one person is you, then your blog is a roaring success. I do hope to meet some of you at Britmums Live this Summer and I’m delighted to have been asked to speak again, more details about that nearer the time.

Hayley x

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About Hayley Goleniowska

A former language teacher and voice-over artist, Hayley is now the Mum of two gorgeous girls, the youngest of whom, Natty, has Down’s Syndrome. She blogs, speaks and writes articles on the subject for all who will read or listen.

Through Downs Side Up she aims to both offer support and encouragement to new families with a diagnosis, and gently change perceptions of Down’s Syndrome from within hearts through beautiful words and photos.

Her daughter Natty is a clothing model and an amazing ambassador for children with disabilities everywhere. She has appeared in The Sun, Mail Online, Bella Magazine and on ITV Daybreak.

You can find Hayley on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

1 Comment

  1. 01 May 2014 / 11:33

    Thanks for including me in the round up!
    I look forward to this round up every month, there are so many amazing sen bloggers out there and its lovely to read their stories, experiences and advice, such a great little community x