NEW Special Needs Jungle site launched!

SNJ-NEW-LOGO-13It's been a nail-biting few days here in the SNJ bunker.

We've been working on a new-look site for quite a while, in between everything else. One that has more functionality, pays for itself and yet still stays true to its aims of being at the grass-roots levels of special needs, helping parents.

And this is it! We hope you like it and here is a round up the new stuff:

We have new columnists who will be contributing their wise words to bring you information, advice, education and experiences on different themes. This is the MOST exciting part of the change, bringing new voices and perspectives to SNJ.

So who are they, we hear you cry!

1091871_10201673767625302_1630227527_nAngela Kelly is the parent of two sons with ASD and a Counselling and Psychotherapy final year trainee at Greenwich University, Angela counsels clients at a GP Surgery.

She'll be combining the two in articles for us, with her first one next week on the dreaded "parenting classes"

Like all our columnists she has a very busy life so it's brilliant that she's finding time to write for us.

hayley-2Hayley Goleniowska: Hayley runs the fab DownSideUp blog that she started to raise awareness of Down's Syndrome that affects that her younger daughter, Natty.

Hayley lives with her family down in beautiful Cornwall and recently appeared on BBC Radio4's Woman's Hour talking about her blogging.

renataFinally, Renata Blower runs Just Bring The Chocolate and is involved with SwanUK to help families whose children have conditions that are so rare, they have no name.

Renata will be along shortly, she's currently helping Dominic get over a big op and we wish them both well.

Find out more about these four gorgeous and lovely people here

So what else is new?

We are developing an online directory that we hope will be stuffed full of links to information, websites, charities, resources - anything that you might need to know. It's a long way off that yet and we hope you will help by adding your links to great resources.

This includes SEN blogs so if you have one, please do add it. The SNJ directory project is very much a work-in-progress and you can help it grow and benefit families like ours and yours.

It's a FREE resource UNLESS: You offer a service or product that is paid for. We do not offer free advertising for commercial services. The pricing is category-controlled and links are always pre-approved.

The paid links are very reasonable and go towards site upkeep. The rule of thumb is simple, if what you offer is free, your SNJ link is free too. Can't say fairer than that.

We are also developing banner ads so if this is something you'd be interested in get in touch

As ever, we welcome guest posts from parents and practitioners and we do take some product reviews but you'll need to offer one to review and one for a reader prize. Only fair, really!

Telling your story is really important to help others who may be floundering - you do have a voice and there is a place for it here, so don't be scared. We're not grand, we're both slightly deranged by years of Special needs parenting, just like you.

Tania Tirraoro

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