A Visual Santa Letter

Autism Santa Letter

Free Printable Santa Letter for Christmas

 

With Christmas now just weeks away, many children are busy writing their letters to Santa.x In our house Hailey usually has the job of writing the letter on behalf of her brothers aswell, but this year I wanted to be more proactive and ensure Conor and Jack were also able to “write” their letters too. 

Conor and Jack are both unable to “write” by themselves just yet, but I didn’t want that to be a barrier to them both getting to send their own letters to Santa. So I have created A Visual Santa Letter for them both to send. I have included visuals within the “letter” so they can better understand what the letter is all about.  [Read more…]

Starting School Advice

Special Needs School Advice

With “back to school” now just weeks away, I have been receiving alot of emails requesting “my” advice from, in particular, parents of children starting school or preschool this September. As you may know from reading The Little Puddins Blog, I have two boys with Autism, SPD, and Intellectual Disability, that makes me an expert on “my” children, but not an expert on all children with disability.

I decided for this post instead of giving just my “advice” I would ask other experienced parents on what they thought was the best advice to give. I posted the question over on my Facebook Blog Page and lots of brilliant parents commented, giving their advice to parents of children with special needs starting school/preschool this September. I hope you find their advice helpful and I would love to hear your advice too, so comment below and I’ll add include your advice later in the week when I update this post. [Read more…]

Old Mac Donald had a farm

Old Mac Donald had a farm

As promised in my Wheels on the Bus Free printable download post, here is the “Old Mac Donald” Interactive Nursery Rhyme Printable suitable for children (with and without) Autism.  [Read more…]

Books with Special Needs Characters

Special Need Books [Read more…]

Orchard Toys make Learning Fun

Orchard Toys ReviewEvery family has their “go-to” toys, family favorites, much loved, worn out games, puzzles and toys that will hold a treasured place in the memories of little hearts, forever. When you live in a special needs family; you really learn the value of time spent together, I don’t mean physically in the same place but that real sense of “together”, connecting on a level that spoken words can’t really describe. [Read more…]

Conors fight

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Conor’s Fight to find his Voice.

I think one of the absolute hardest parts about Autism for me as a Mum is not hearing my children speak, not hearing their voices, not hearing the “I love you”s I so want to hear. That is by far the hardest part. The thought that Conor and now Jack have all these thoughts inside their heads and they can’t “express” them, breaks my heart.

Over the years we have tried everything to help Conor, we have driven around the country bringing him to Speech Therapists, tried all the ways you can imagine and it just didn’t work. Over the Summer a very close friend of mine told me about an amazing Speech Therapist she had brought her beautiful little girl to. She had helped her little girl find her voice again. Her little lady was almost the same age as Conor so I knew how she felt for all those years wishing her little girl could speak, and now she was starting to!

She passed me the Speech Therapist’s number that her little lady went to and I arranged an appointment. It was by far the best thing I have ever done for Conor. Every week since that fateful day I made that first phone call, Conor goes to Speech Therapy to his amazing Speech Therapist Roisin in the Speech Centre in Castlebar and every week he makes more progress. [Read more…]

Happy Printing

BeFunky Collage [Read more…]

We are back on the Autism Road

Back on the Autism Road

Jack is finding his way in our world.x

 

Starting Over

This week a new chapter in Jack’s short life has begun. A step in the right direction for him and us as a family but in another way it is sort of bittersweet. I am so glad for him that Conor’s amazing Resource Worker “Mary” is back in our lives and is here to help Jack just as she helped Conor starting out all those years ago yet it makes my heart so sort of feel heavy for a moment. I didn’t think we would ever be back here again but here we are.x  [Read more…]

Christmas Surprises

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With Christmas just a few short days away (Yeeey!!), we were incredibly lucky when the brilliant people of Orchard Toys sent us on their fab festive game “Christmas Surprises”. As you will know from following my Blog we are massive fans of Orchard Toys as they are one of the best toy makers of games for children of all abilities. So of course we were delighted to be sent on another fab game to play with.  [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…]