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  • Preparing for life post-school

    How do you define a career? I heard a quote recently that became my own personal game changer. It goes “a career no longer refers to a specific job or occupation. [It] includes a lifetime of experiences including life roles, education, training, paid work and unpaid work”. This quote became really important to me – […]

    26 April 2022

  • Behaviour support at school, 12 months on

    Last year I was seriously considering moving my 11-year-old son Eric to a different school. He was struggling with some of the other students’ behaviour towards him in the playground and it was affecting his own behaviour. But my beautiful boy turned to me and said “No Mum, I don’t want to change schools. I’m happy, I’ve got friends, and […]

    21 March 2022

  • A young mother sits at a park table with a colouring-in book. Her son sits in her lap.

    Diagnosis and community as a teenage mum

    When it comes to my son Charlie, I’m always preparing. No coffee table because he could bang his head. No sitting on the beanbag too long because he could get sores. No sitting on the couch too long or he might fall off. Put him in his at-home hospital bed in case of an asthma […]

    07 February 2022