Miguel’s story

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Are we willing to accept our disability as a part of who we are, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health? How we choose to answer this, will define the course our lives will take. Like with any relationship, Cerebral Palsy and I have had our fair shares of ups and downs.

Very early on I saw my disability as a hindrance. I couldn’t run or play in the playground, having it felt like a curse, but I never lost hope that one day I would wake up and be ‘normal.’ I went …

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1 Mar, 2018

My Brother

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My first memory of my brother is a visual in my mind of my mother holding him in her arms with my four-year old, hand reaching out in disbelief that he was finally born. The next vivid memory I have of him was seven months later when my parents returned from the doctor with him after finding out he had Cerebral Palsy.

He lived for seventeen years and passed away a few days before Christmas, nearly thirty years ago. His life was a brief flicker of light I carry with me every day to help me guide the way to a …

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31 Mar, 2017

My son Tadhg

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My son Tadhg was born with Cerebral Palsy and Global Developmental Delay, which affects him both physically and intellectually and as a result Tadhg is non-verbal.

We are constantly learning all the time from Tadhg. He has been our best teacher on this journey. We of course have been given tips over the years to help with his communication needs …

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3 Mar, 2017

Tai Chi

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Tai chi: Ancient practice – Modern therapy

We live in a world that reveres ‘newness’. We aspire to growth, progress and prosperity. Technology advances at an astonishing rate, and everything becomes faster, easier and stronger. We judge civilizations by their level of modernity.

Since the Industrial Revolution, the West has led the way. Now, the East is rising. Yet the healing and nurturing practices of the Eastern old-world live on; amongst them, is Tai Chi and it’s now used as an alternative therapy for conditions as disparate as cerebral palsy …

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12 May, 2016

Talkitt speech device

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Ordering a cup of coffee; picking up the phone and ordering a pizza; or telling a taxi where to take you should be easy. These tasks shouldn’t lead to frustration and anxiety. Or what about reciting a poem, singing out loud, or telling a joke? How much fun are these activities and, what would it be like if we couldn’t do them?

It’s a question not many ask. Some of us lose our voice every once in a while, or we move to a new country and have trouble communicating. We may know the limitations of speech to a certain extent …

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9 Aug, 2014

Food labelling

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Food Labelling

Food labelling should be simple, shouldn’t it? In fact, can’t we just look at food packaging and be totally clear on what we’re eating?

Unfortunately, food labelling is so complex that there is a committee that meets regularly to discuss ongoing issues and when you delve down into the minutiae of this complicated area …

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16 Jul, 2014

Choosing supplements

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Choosing supplements

Type the word ‘supplement’ into Google and you will be presented with 55,300,000 results, which include a plethora of supplement retailers, articles and advertorials touting supplements for weight loss, muscle gain, fatigue… the list goes on.

On top of this, supplements can be found in every supermarket, high street health store, chemist and independent health food shops.  With such a wide range of supplements, how do we know …

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13 Mar, 2014

The practice of Reflexology

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Reflexology: more than just a foot massage?

Complementary therapies have been growing in popularity for many years and they can have a positive effect on our wellbeing. There are so many choices of therapies that it’s important to understand a little about them before you choose.

Reflexology is an ancient holistic therapy that focuses on massage to stimulate reflex points on the feet. This therapy was thought to be practised by the Egyptians and Chinese as early …

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2 Feb, 2014