When dreams come true

Waiting for his voice

Sometimes when I look back to before I knew Conor had Special Needs I get a lump in my throat, my heart tightens a little and that almost hollow aching pain in my chest starts. I know it is heartbreak and a sort of “longing” that I feel, I don’t know how to explain it completely into words, but if you have ever felt lost or longing, wishful for a moment in your past to be your present again you will know that feeling all too well.  [Read more…]

Book Shelf

9780252080319I have been asked many times what books I have read that I have found most useful. Over the years I have read so many, that I can’t remember them all until I find myself reading a “new” book only to realize I had bought and read the same one many years ago lol!x

I am incredibly lucky as I have many lovely friends in the Special Needs Community who are always at hand to recommend brilliant books that are worth paying for and will be on your book shelf for years to come when you need them. I have decided to write this post for new parents of children diagnosed as having Autism or SPD in particular. As both my boys have Autism and SPD this post will focus on those topics for books but will also include some books that fall under the umbrella term “Special Needs”, so you may just find some good books for your own book shelf. [Read more…]

Learn about SPD

Our Sensory Systems

Our Sensory Systems

A Sensory World

It can be so overwhelming as a Parent when you learn that your child has Special Needs. I know when I was first told about Conor having Autism (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) I was blindsided. I had no idea what either of these words meant let alone what they would mean for my son and for his future.

Having recently found out that my youngest son Jack (2) has the same diagnosis as his older brother Conor (ASD, SPD, NV) I decided I wanted re-educate myself on all things ASD and SPD. In the beginning when you first find out about your child’s conditions if you are like me you will buy a wealth of books, you will look online, you look everywhere imaginable and speak to everyone you think may have the answers you seek. [Read more…]

The No Sleep Week

Image Source -Fb/Crazylittlepeople

Image Source -Fb/Crazylittlepeople

You may have noticed I have been unusually quiet on here this past week. Well let me tell you why lol! Two super cute boys, one who is almost 6 and one who has just turned 2 decided to have a week of no sleep. [Read more…]

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…]