Archives for August 2015

Visual Schedule

Visual ScheduleMany adults and children with special needs use Visual Schedules as a way of communicating, providing a means of instruction and organization to their lives.

Autistic children and adults think in pictures. In their mind and in their understanding they see actual pictures/visuals when they try to process information that they are receiving. Creating Visual Schedules and pictures can help them to understand and communicate on a level that is uniquely personal to them. [Read more…]

My Forever Love

Hailey

 

My Forever Love

Written By Amanda Mc Guinness.

I often look and want to cry,
Wondering how, what and why,
This is not the life I planned for you,
I wonder if you ever feel it too.

I so wanted and wished for you,
Asking god each night to give me; you,
A little girl just for me,
My little best friend, just you and me. [Read more…]

Communication Passport

 

A Communication Passport for School.

You will need to create a Communication Passport at the beginning of each school year on behalf of your child if they are unable to create it for themselves. A Communication Passport is like a booklet all about your child from their perspective. You create it with a reader in mind who knows nothing about your child. You can include pictures of your child and his/her family, or any other documentation you feel would be necessary. It is a very personal document to your child and as such no two will be exactly alike.

The Passport I created for Conor this year is actually completely different to the one I had made originally last year, as his needs/preferences and experiences have changed. Your child may have made progress in some areas, maybe they have regressed whatever the change may be it is important to include it in the document as it will all be relevant. [Read more…]

Sensory Processing Disorder SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder also known as SPD is a processing disorder of the senses. It affects the way in which children and adults “take in” the world around them through their senses.

The Sensory Spectrum

www.thesensoryspectrum.com

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How to Catch A Star

How to catch a star book review

 

We are a house of book lovers there is no doubt. Over the summer however we lost our way with books and out doors excursions took over. With the start of the school year now in plain sight we are getting back to our little traditions of book reading in the evening or at bedtime.

When choosing bedtime books I generally let the kids take turns in picking what we will read with the exception of baby Jack who right now has no interest in literary content unless it tastes good, literally.. So he can choose a half eaten book for himself out of his little pile that I will read to him later. [Read more…]

Back to School

Back to SchoolBack to School

In a few short days the summer will officially be over. Summer clothes are being put away all over Ireland this week while a fresh batch of school uniforms are being pressed & readied for Monday morning madness. Shoes will be polished, books & copies covered, name tags placed, lunch bags packed, all ready & waiting in anticipation of that first ringing bell, telling the world the school year has begun.

We will wonder at how we will ever pass the time that has been so filled over the summer with various excursions and attempts at keeping our children entertained on the never ending rain soaked days. [Read more…]

Special Needs Back To School Checklist

Back to School Checklist

 

The School journey for children begins again in less than a week. For most the start of school life or the return for another year brings excitement, anticipation, a few nerves at best. For children with special needs this can be an increasingly daunting time, knowing the start of the new school term is fast approaching, bringing with it possible anxiety, meltdowns and real fear of change and the unknown.

♥Children starting school.

If your child is starting school for the first time, both of you may be feeling anxious and nervous right now about what may lay ahead. There are things you can do to prepare your little one for the impending school term, to help them cope and feel ready to start. [Read more…]

Special Needs Moms need to know

Autism Awareness

♥ You are doing the best you can.

You are doing your best right now and that is enough. When you feel guilty that you are not doing enough for your child, that you could be doing more, know that all special needs moms have felt just as you do right now. You can always do more later, write out what needs to be achieved in a list and tackle it one point at a time, you have so much going on in your life right now caring for your family and your child(ren) with special needs, your best right now is enough.

♥ You are not alone.

We are all here waiting for you. Becoming a special needs parent can be both heartbreaking & overwhelming, just know that you are not alone, there will always be someone who has walked this road before you. There are thousands of special needs parents living in Ireland today and around the world. Social media groups are an excellent source of support/advice/friendship online, Facebook is an excellent online window to such groups. Come find us.

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Alone at the School Gates

School gates

I remember my first day of school like it was yesterday. My lovely daddy drove me to school that day in a little navy van. Sitting up the front beside him we arrived at the school gates where my teacher Mrs. Martin met me with a big reassuring smile. I however was undeterred  on my plan to hold on tight to my dad’s leg, forcing him to obviously bring me home with him.  I remember hugging my dad so tight never wanting to let him go. Mrs. Martin eventually wrenched me off his leg, enveloping me in a warm hug and carried me off to my first day of school. Every day after that first day I was excited to go to school, to learn all the magic that was held in it’s books, I fell deeply in love with school & learning from that day on, the love of learning has stayed with me ever since.

First Day Feelings.

When I had my own lovely children I imagined dropping them off to school, passing on my love of learning to them, teaching them in the evening. I was really looking forward to the dropping off/picking up, kissing & hugging them into oblivion. I was equally looking forward to each of their first days at school, the part you always see in the movies where the moms wait at the school gates chatting, exchanging knowing glances of nerves & excitement, wondering how their Little Puddins coped on their first day of school. I was so so lucky I got to experience that fleeting feeling of excitement when Hailey started school as I didn’t realize then that it would be the only time I would get to experience a “first day” like that.

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Love without a Voice

Autism Poem

Love without A Voice.

Written by Amanda Mc Guinness.

I long to hear the “I love you’s”
With lots of kisses, or just a few,
A lingering hug, a wave or two,
Anything at all, as long as it’s from you.

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