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As well as being a freelance writer I am also a qualified counsellor and I work for a low cost counselling service in Exeter and for the NHS Gender Clinic also in Exeter.

Simultaneously, I work as a Disability Member of the First Tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber sitting on disability benefit tribunals on an ad hoc basis.

As a writer I specialise in writing about disability and health.

My articles have been published in the Guardian, Times, OUCH! [BBC disability website], Disability Now, Broadcast, Lifestyle [Motability magazine], The Practising Midwife, 'Junior, Pregnancy & Baby', Writers' News, Able, Getting There [Transport for London magazine], Junior, Community Care, DPPi [Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International]. I have also had articles commissioned by Daily Mail.

For more information about me and for examples of my writing please see below.

If you would like me to write an article for your publication, about any aspect of disability, please do get in touch:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What do you do when your toddler is nearly as big as you?

Not a question the majority of people have to even consider.... But one I've been faced with this last week or so as we've just moved house and while putting things away it's been a balancing act trying to find places I can reach sharp/breakable/tearable/destructable object which means my toddler, who is well up to my chest height now, can't reach them!

It would help if he wasn't bright but [thankfully] he is and so even when I've found cupboards he can't quite reach the handle for or drawers he can't quite reach into he quickly works out that standing on one of the various steps scattered around will do the trick.

The bottom line is that he has to learn that some things are out of bounds and that is no bad thing, who wants a kid who thinks they can do what they like or have whatever they want all the time anyway?