Last blog for 2010…

It’s that time of the year again. Time when we all try to take  a break, enjoy a holiday if we can, and spend time with those we love.

It’s been another whirlwind of a year, as I’m sure most of you can relate. Apart from all the usual ‘mum’ things to do to keep a household running, there’s also been lots of work running this business, stress from ongoing house renovations and the usual runaround that is involved with special needs kids. I can tell you, I’m certainly looking forward to a little break.

The first week of school holidays has seen us housebound with sick children and very poor weather, but thankfully the sickness seems to be passing – just in time for the all important 25th of December! I can’t say the same about the weather…..hmmmm….I’m not sure how much beach time we will get these summer holidays if this weather keeps up, but I’m sure we’ll find other things to keep the kids amused, de-stressed and happy.

This time of year is always exhausting, with most families flitting from one social event to another. Those of us with special kids may not have that same luxury, or desire, to extend ourselves and our children to that busy-ness. This year we have been fortunate enough to have had an intermittently busy social schedule, but busy with smaller events that our children can handle well enough. There has certainly been anxiety, social awkwardness and meltdowns, but they have done well considering what we have asked of them.

Last weekend we were lucky enough to have received two invites for our children to attend the 4KQ Variety Special Childrens Christmas party at the Convention Centre in Brisbane. There are 3000 tickets issued to special children of various needs and abilities, so it is a busy day. It was crowded and noisy, and there were long lines for everything, but the children who attended were having a ball.   I was so impressed with the thought that had gone into the event, including everything from wheelchair friendly rides to all the free food and drink the kids could handle.  All children who attended went home with gifts from Santa – who arrived behind many fluffy, white, and very cute Samoyed dogs. The volunteers were fabulous, and even though it was a huge event for most of the children attending, there would have been 3000 very happy kids at the end of the day.

It’s this time of year when we are all reminded to feel very thankful for all the good things we have in our lives. I am thankful!

I am thankful for my wonderful family and circles of friends – who I cherish. I am thankful for the opportunity to operate this business, and hopefully in some way help other families like mine. I am thankful that I have a warm and dry place to live, with food in my belly and love in my heart, when so many others go without some or all of those things.  I am thankful for my wonderful, very supportive and loving  husband whom I adore. I am thankful for my beautiful children. Though they present me with many challenges, and plenty of stress and worry, they also provide me with so much pleasure, love and happiness. I am so proud of their achievements, and the people they are becoming as they grow. I would not want to live a day without them. For all these things I am so grateful!

I would like to wish everyone a truly wonderful Christmas with the special people in your life. Please stay safe, be happy and enjoy this time of year. Thank you to all our valued customers out there for your support this year, and we will look forward to another good year in 2011.

So, from Special Needs 4 Special Needs – Merry Christmas! Happy New Year, and we will see you again when we re-open on the 10th January!

Best wishes,

Fiona :)

New products

New products have been added yesterday, and more will be added in the next 24 hours – including some new sensory toys and items for our ‘Just for Fun’ category.  Our new ‘Books’ category will also be added soon with the first of our range of books, stay tuned for that. Visit the Products page to view all our new items and the rest of our growing range.

Christmas closure reminder

Just a reminder that Special Needs 4 Special Needs will be closing for Christmas holidays from 20th December, and will reopen 10th January. Orders and enquiries can still be placed as usual,  but will not be attended to until the 10th January. Thankyou for your patience – and have a wonderful Christmas!

Just arrived!

Ooohhhh…just opened a box with some new products in it – yay! I will try to get these up on the website as soon as possible so if anyone would like to place an order they will be sent before next week. Orders placed from Monday onwards will not be sent until we re-open on the 10th January.

And the winner is……

Congratulations to Terri from Robina – you have won the Special Needs 4 Special Needs Christmas Prize draw!  Your prize full of great goodies will be arriving soon. Congratulations again!

Comp closed

Entries into the Christmas competition have closed – the lucky winner will be announced later today. Good luck to all those who have entries!!!!

Last days…

Just a reminder that your chance to win the Christmas Prize pack ends on th 15th – in 2 days time. For every $20 spent you will receive one entry into the Prize draw. The winner will be announced later this week…

Also, Special Needs 4 Special Needs will be closing for Christmas holidays from the 20th December, and will reopen 10th January. Any enquiries or orders placed during this time will experience a delay in response, so if you would like your order before Christmas don’t delay!

New products coming soon…

Yay! We love new products, and soon there will be more new products coming to Special Needs 4 Special Needs. There will be some new sensory toys, and more items for our ‘Just for Fun’ category. And or course more new products in the pipeline as usual.

Siblings Australia

Sadly, I have just received news that Siblings Austrlia must close it’s doors due to lack of government funding. Please read the message below from Kate Strohm, Executive Director:

“Below is another update on Siblings Australia. Regrettably, we will be closing our office in the next two weeks. No funding has been forthcoming from the federal government and so we had no choice. Everything will go into storage and I will try to manage things from home. It is devastating to have to do this again – last time in early 2008 – but we are not giving up and lobbying for sibling support will continue. My mobile number and email address, listed below, will stay the same.

SibworkS 2nd edition

We still have copies of our revised 2nd edition of our SibworkS peer support program for siblings aged 8-12 years. This program has been run successfully by a number of organisations all around Australia (and one overseas!), including schools. Even if you do not wish to follow this model, the facilitator manual will give you a range of ideas to consider when planning your program. And if you do decide to follow the model, the participant booklets are great for the sibs themselves. If you are interested PLEASE follow up soon so I don’t have to move them all home with me J

You can order through the website here. Don’t worry if your systems don’t allow quick payment – I can post books out and payment can follow when possible. Email me or call via mobile below.            


If you are on Facebook please consider connecting with our page here – it is a great way to see updates of things related to sibling support from around the world. We have nearly 500 followers, but would love more!


There are regular updates on the news page of our website about our lobbying/submissions and the National Action Plan for sibling support we developed with Families Australia. I recently provided a submission to the National Carer Strategy.

Other projects

I am working on the final stages of the dvd for parents – will be available early 2011. Also I will be in Sydney March 8-9, 2011 to run parent and provider workshops. Details will be on our website soon. 

Thank you

Finally, a big thank-you to those who have taken out membership of the organisation, donated time or money, or bought books through Fishpond. Members will be receiving a copy of the Annual Report 2009-10 shortly. Details on all the options for support are available via the website donate now page. Whatever the contribution, it is always very much appreciated.

I wish you a very happy Christmas season and all the best for 2011.

Kind regards


Kate Strohm

Executive Director”

On Special…

We currently have some great specials at the moment, including one-off lap bags and catch bags – while stocks last. There will be more specials added later this evening, so pop on over to the Products page to have a look. And don’t forget, for every $20 spent you will receive an entry into the Christmas Prize competition, which closes 15th December.

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