My Home Truths Real life confessions of a special needs parent (with a side of autism, albinism & fun!)

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Accessing Disability Adjustments for NAPLAN Testing

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/03/accessing-disability-adjustments-for-naplan-testing/Follow NAPLAN is almost a dirty word in many special needs groups. It’s the one topic (other than vaccination) that’s bound to get people talking and heart rates soaring. NAPLAN stands for...

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Person with Autism or Autistic. What term should we use as parents?

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/03/person-with-autism-or-autistic-what-term-should-we-use-as-parents/Follow I’ve been mulling over this issue for a while now. As a parent, what’s the best terminology to use for my son and daughter who are both on the autism spectrum?...

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Helping your anxious child when you’re an anxious parent

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/03/helping-anxious-child-youre-anxious-parent/Follow Over the last few months, as I’ve watched my kids’ anxiety increase, my own anxiety has similarly skyrocketed. It’s made me think about the reality of being an anxious parent, trying...

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How we’re gradually introducing new food into our son’s restricted diet

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/02/how-were-gradually-introducing-new-food-into-our-sons-restricted-diet/Follow Of all the challenges that come with autism, the restricted diet of our son has been one of the hardest to tackle. We’ve tried many different strategies over the years to...

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Sibling Relations: Why It’s Impossible to Find Balance in a Special Needs Family

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/02/sibling-relations-impossible-find-balance-special-needs-family/Follow I’m going to be completely honest with you and you may not like what I’m going to share. I don’t think it’s possible to give equal attention to your children when...

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How I learned to find the positives in special needs parenting (and how you can too!)

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/02/how-i-learned-to-find-the-positives-in-special-needs-parenting-and-how-you-can-too/Follow I recently addressed a local group about overcoming adversity and finding the positives in special needs parenting. As I prepared for the speech, I looked back over my life and fully...

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What I’ve learned about albinism through my son

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/02/what-ive-learned-about-albinism-through-my-son/Follow Like everything, unless you are directly affected by something you just don’t have the time or energy to really think too much about it. Life is busy enough for all of...

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My First Thoughts on High School

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/02/my-first-thoughts-on-high-school/Follow Gilbert started high school this week. Image courtesy ABC Newcastle It’s been something we’ve been planning for, dreading and awaiting, for quite a long time now. In some ways, the long...

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Special Needs Students WILL be Affected by Changes to the NSW Assisted School Travel Program

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/01/changes-school-transport-provisions-nsw-will-negatively-affect-special-needs-students/Follow Long ago, when I was working outside the home and trying to juggle the needs of three kids, I relied on transport assistance to get Gilbert to his special education settings. The NSW...

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What I Wish You Knew About Special Needs Parenting

Spread the positivity!http://myhometruths.com/2017/01/what-i-wish-you-knew-about-special-needs-parenting/Follow I wish you knew how unrelenting special needs parenting can be.  To be fair, I sometimes don’t realise how much constant pressure I’m under. I’m too busy most days, trying to...