Archives for November 2015

Little Boy Lost

The photo that breaks my heart.xxxx
The photo that breaks my heart.xxxx

My Little Boy Lost

When I see Conor, I only see him, not Autism, not SPD, not anything else, just him. I see his lovely eyes, his sweet smile, I hear his gentle laugh, I feel the softness in his skin when he touches my face. I see him when he flaps his hands, I see him when he twirls around, I hear him when he screeches when he is happy, I hold him tight when he is glad, hug him a little tighter when he is sad.x I listen every hour of every day for his voice to find it’s way back to me. I love him now and forever more, come what may I will love him long after my dying day.xx

I hope when the day comes that I am gone from this world, my lovely Conor has grown up to be the handsome, kind young man I know he is meant to be. I hope by then his voice has found it’s way back, that he can tell all the world how he feels. I hope he will remember how much I have loved him and will always love him. I hope he will always remember the good times, the fun times we have had and above all I hope he will forget the sad. [Read more…]

Clothing and the Weather

Autism Clothes Printable

For this week’s Friday Freebie I have created two sets of free downloads to cover the themes of Weather and Clothing.  Many children whether they have Special Needs or not can be quiet confused as to what is the most suitable clothing to wear depending on the weather outside.  [Read more…]

The Hit List

Post Box Game

Post Box Game

Following on from my Review the other day of Orchard Toys “Farmyard Friends” Game I recieved many emails asking what games Conor first played with from Orchard Toys. There are so many brilliant games available on their website that it would be so hard to narrow it down to just a few games. I have created a short post on a few of the first games we used with Conor all those years ago. [Read more…]

You will forget me

Special Needs Bonds

Conor and his best friend Hailey

I don’t always have the answer when I should, maybe it is because I am still learning, and always will be as my beautiful little people grow up. There is no “handbook” that tells you the right or the wrong answer to give when the difficult questions come. The questions tumble so easily out of Hailey’s mouth from time to time that I know I should be prepared for them each time, but every time I am caught off guard. I search in the darkness of my mind for the “right” answers, the least painful response to her “wonderings” about Conor and now about Jack. [Read more…]

We love Orchard Toys

Orchard Toys Review

Orchard Toys

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YOUR TRIBE

l48Eloe0RGm3l0OQfHNd_13112213395_dbe69fe6de_oLove it or hate  it Social Media has a lot to answer for. For the great many Parents of children with Special Needs; Social Media has brought to the fore the light that really was at the end of a very long tunnel.

I remember years ago when Conor was born, I searched and searched on line. I tried to find one other person who was in the same position as me. I had a gorgeous little baby boy, who couldn’t sleep, eat, speak, sit, stand, walk or crawl. He couldn’t communicate, he had extreme anxiety, hated going outside the house, feared meeting anyone new, detested almost all foods. I Loved him so much but I was so lost.

I didn’t know it straight away but Conor was born with Special Needs. A few years after he was diagnosed, I finally found my TRIBE- the people who were the same as me; parents who walked this road many years before me, parents who walked it alongside me and parents who were coming up behind me. [Read more…]

A special Christmas List

When a look can say it all.x

When a look can say it all.x

Last Year was the first time I could tell Conor really understood what Christmas was all about. I will never forget his face on Christmas morning. He was so happy and I was thrilled for him.xx [Read more…]

Little boy’s Sensory Heaven

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I think any mother of a child with Special Needs no matter the age of their child will tell you that they are always learning about their child’s condition. Your child’s needs can change, they can vary and they can regress. The one systematic similarity you will find among all Special Needs conditions is that your child will not “grow” out of their condition. I know that initially when I first learned about Conor having Autism for some reason (pure innocence I think) I felt that he would be fine, we would help him and he would go back to being “just” Conor that the Autism, the SPD would go away and his lovely voice would return.

The reality was and still is, that a Special Needs diagnosis is a life long diagnosis, that will never leave. I realize that Conor is still his unique self, he is not “just” Conor, he is the most perfect version of himself I could ever ask for. He was born with Special Needs and as his life goes on these additional needs will not wane with time, as he grows up I will continue to learn about his additional needs and try to meet them as best I can. There are a multitude of Therapies, Interventions and brilliant products that we can access to help him thrive, to do the best we can for our special little boy. [Read more…]

A Special day at the Menlo

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Image Source- Special Heroes Ireland

A Special Day at the Menlo Park Hotel

To day I attended a brilliant Special Needs Exhibition organized by Special Heroes Ireland which took place in The Menlo Park Hotel, Galway. Proceeds raised by Special Heroes Ireland will go towards Santa Claus making very special home visits to children and adults with special needs who would love to meet Santa. x

As I have two super cute little boys with Special Needs I wanted to go along to find some new Therapy Tools that could help their language, sensory and fine motor needs. The event did not disappoint! x [Read more…]

To throw or not to throw

Visual Pecs

Friday Freebie

As part of my Friday Freebie series I also like to create “requested” Printables. I was contacted recently by a Parent who needed some Visuals to explain to her child where he can and cannot “throw” objects. Her little boy has Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and one of his most favorite things to do is to throw objects.

If you didn’t know about SPD or Autism you may think that this little boy is just being “unruly” or “untidy”. In fact by “throwing” objects he is getting great Sensory fun, as the sounds the objects make when they fall give him great auditory input together with the sight of the objects falling help him to Visual Sensory Relief.  [Read more…]