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Additional Needs Parenting: Unpredictable, Impactful, Inspirational

Most of you know that James, our 18-year-old autistic son, has had times when it has been hard for him to leave the house, with all the disruption that causes around school, work, socialising etc. Things are better now than they were, but still remain quite unpredictable with the occasional hard day; however the journey,Continue reading “Additional Needs Parenting: Unpredictable, Impactful, Inspirational”

Special Needs Dads And The Self-Care Challenge

Special Needs Dads (Pater Specialibus Necessitates) are an interesting breed; I should know, I am one, and one of many ‘hats’ I wear is that of Founder of ‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’ (https://thedadsfirecircle.com), a place for Special Needs Dads to gather. Now, Special Needs Dads come in all kinds; there are the Dads that areContinue reading “Special Needs Dads And The Self-Care Challenge”

Additional Needs Parenting Is Like Being A Circus Performer

Additional Needs parenting can be a bit like a circus sometimes, maybe more than we would like to admit!  Here’s a (hopefully) light-hearted look at how at times we can play many of the familiar roles of circus performers… Circus (noun):  a travelling company of acrobats, clowns, and other entertainers which gives performances, typically in a large tent,Continue reading “Additional Needs Parenting Is Like Being A Circus Performer”

Special Needs Parents Are Candles, Burning Between Hope And Despair

Parents of children with additional/special needs and disabilities are often labelled negatively; ‘troublemakers’, ‘confrontational’, ‘needy’, ‘over-sharing’. I’ve seen parents blamed for their child’s disability, I’ve seen parents told that they have no right to speak on behalf of, or share details about, their child. I’ve seen parents told that they are wrong to feel orContinue reading “Special Needs Parents Are Candles, Burning Between Hope And Despair”

‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’, A Place For Additional Needs Dads To Gather

Let me give you a little glimpse into how my mind works sometimes…. My family and I were watching Ben Fogle, his ‘New Lives In The Wild’ show on Channel 5, have you seen it? It’s about people who have given up the rat-race and gone to live a life in the wild places; it’sContinue reading “‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’, A Place For Additional Needs Dads To Gather”

A Dads’ Story: Disney Pixar’s Film ‘Float’ Is About Bobby Rubio’s Autistic Son

When Disney Pixar release a new short animated film, it’s usually something to get excited about. When it is written, directed and produced by a parent of an Autistic child, and he uses the film to give us a glimpse into his and his son’s story, then it’s going to be ground-breaking. ‘Float’, a seven-minuteContinue reading “A Dads’ Story: Disney Pixar’s Film ‘Float’ Is About Bobby Rubio’s Autistic Son”

Where Are All The Dads Of Children With Special Needs?

I meet a lot of parents of children with special/additional needs in my work and connect with many more through websites and online forums.  One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that the parents I meet are almost always Mums, not Dads. There are exceptions, of course, but it’s fair to say that the overwhelming percentageContinue reading “Where Are All The Dads Of Children With Special Needs?”

Additional Needs Parents – Disrupted, Resilient, Vulnerable, Broken, Loving

I first wrote an article about this on ‘The Additional Needs Blogfather’ site over three years ago, and as the passing years have brought some significant challenges to us as a family, including James’ diagnosis of Epilepsy, and his associated anxiety that prevented him from being able to take more than a couple of stepsContinue reading “Additional Needs Parents – Disrupted, Resilient, Vulnerable, Broken, Loving”


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