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…]

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…]

It could be You

Autism Awareness

Raising Awareness

I started The Little Puddins Blog just a short time ago and I could never have imagined all that was about to happen from that first night I started to write online. By creating the Blog I hoped to help raise “Awareness” on behalf of my two sons, my daughter, my self and my husband as parents, on behalf of all Families who may struggle for whatever reason on their own Special Needs Journey.

My Blog’s tagline is “Living a life unexpected” because that is what a Special Needs Journey is; a complete bombshell out of the blue that can make you or break you. I hoped that by writing the real, honest, hard stories that it would get people talking openly about Autism, about SPD, about the reality for many of what living with Special Needs really means. [Read more…]

Mama

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For Conor

With your soft baby voice I heard you say Mama, mama – what I would do now to hear you say my name again.  I remember you calling my name for a little while before all your words faded away. My heart aches now and always will that I did not record you speaking. I had no idea back then that I would wait years for your voice to come back to me. I am still waiting and I always will. I don’t think anyone can ever prepare a mother for the realisation that they may never hear their child’s voice. [Read more…]

Ireland AM

119_ireland-am-logoWhen I started my Blog almost two months ago, I could never have imagined what was about to happen. After being told that day back in June to prepare ourselves; that our lovely baby Jack was going to be diagnosed with Autism, I cried my heart out. A diagnosis that my lovely sweet baby Jack would have special needs and would struggle on some level everyday of his life broke my heart.  [Read more…]

Fine Motor

Fine Motor Toys

Fine Motor Toys – A List

The one thing I have learned since becoming a Special Needs Parent is that it is SO difficult to buy toys for Conor and Jack. Mainly because they have very rigid interests but also because they may not be physically or intellectually capable just yet for toys that are “normally” suitable for children their age.

Over the years when going to many Occupational Therapy Appointments with Conor and now with Jack I am privy to the host of fabulous toys the Therapists use to encourage children’s interaction, engagement but also to help them develop skills so many take for granted. [Read more…]

Halloween Ready

Hall Prep

Help your child to be Halloween Ready

Halloween can be the most exciting. spooky, fun, adventurous time of the year for children. They will dress up, play party games, go trick or treating,  eat heaps of delicious sweets, go to Halloween parties and have heaps of fun. Children of all abilities want to have fun and be able to experience the same playful milestones we have all experienced growing up.  [Read more…]

Mayo Autism Support

(MASA)

(MASA)

The one thing I will always remember about the  day I was first told my lovely Conor has Autism was that over whelming feeling of fear followed quickly by the absolute devastating feeling of being alone. Just under 5 years ago when Conor was first diagnosed I did not know one other person on the planet my age who had a child with special needs let alone Autism.  [Read more…]