Conor’s Autism


Baby Conor

Conor’s Autism

I have been asked so many times recently about Conor and how we found out about him having Autism. I usually give the good version and say we found out when he was less than 18 months old and at that time he was the youngest in the County to ever be diagnosed. It is all true but what lead to that diagnosis has been some of the hardest most painful years of my life. I decided to finally write down how it all happened and I may come back later to add more to it as I don’t think I could mentally cope with remembering all that happened and all we have been through all at once so for now I have written my first draft for you to read. It will be in two parts as it is a long story.x I’l post the second part in a week or so , once I have built up the courage to write it. So for now here is Part 1 of Conor’s Autism.- [Read more…]

Reward Chart

This week has been super busy! I had planned a different Friday Freebie for today that has heaps of detail but as I have been gone most of the week with baby Jack to all of his appointments I have changed my planned Freebie for next week. So this week’s Freebie is a very useful interactive Visual encouraging positive behaviors.

It is suitable for any little person whether they have special needs or not. I made the visual layout super simple to understand so that children of all abilities can use it.  [Read more…]

Magic Biscuit Buns

Magic Biscuit Buns

I have been trying to spend extra time with Hailey on her own having fun and making memories. I told her this week about her youngest brother Jack having Autism as well as her other brother Conor and she was very upset.x She has been my little shadow ever since, wanting to spend all her free time with me. As a means to help her talk about her feelings I have been spending extra time carrying out fun activities with her and when the opportunity arises we chat about Autism and her lovely brothers.

Our fun task for today was  to make Hailey’s ” Magic Biscuit Buns”- Hailey says they are magic because they are super tasty and you don’t have to use the oven to make them. I think they are magic because they help my little lady relax, talk about how she is feeling and have fun.x [Read more…]


Having only just started The Little Puddins Blog just a few short weeks ago I have been overwhelmed with the positive response and feedback. Every day I receive messages through email and through The Little Puddins Blog Facebook page from parents asking for help, tutorials, how-to posts; asking for recommendations about great products and services that I have found really helped in raising two little men with special needs. I have been asked a lot about myself and have decided to write a short (love to ramble and chat but just not about me lol!) blog post about myself so you can get to know me better.

My name is Amanda Mc Guinness and I am from Mayo in Ireland.

I am a stay at home mammy to 3 super gorgeous children Hailey (7), Conor (5) and Jack (2).

Conor and Jack both are unable to speak, have Autism together with Sensory Processing Disorder and related conditions

Before I had children I trained to become a Solicitor having spent a great many years of my life studying the Law. I have always felt a need to help others in my life and I felt that by becoming a Solicitor I would help many vulnerable people in our world today to be heard. [Read more…]

Freddy Buttons

Freddy Buttons

The warm glow under a duvet brings me back to my own childhood where I remember becoming lost in the words that filled the pages of my favorite books. Now over 20 something years later I am standing at the doorway of Hailey’s room, silently watching the glow move slowly as she turns the pages of her own favorites. Despite the late hour I leave her room as quietly as I entered, she too has become lost in a sea of words and imagination. Later I will go in to turn off her little flash light, put her books away, kiss her sleeping face and tuck her in goodnight. [Read more…]

Curious Crayons

The nicest evenings spent are with the children just sitting around the table creating.x I love it when we all work on a project, I always make sure it is something Conor can take part it and have fun.x

It was my lucky day recently when Emma from Curious Crayons sent on some of their fab Handmade Irish, Non- Toxic Crayons for my little ones to try out. The parcel of lovely crayons arrived one morning just before Hailey went to school and she was beaming when she saw her own name among the Curious Crayon Cases.x [Read more…]

Bed Time Printable

Bed Time Printable

For many children having a Visual Schedule helps them to make more sense of their world. It creates concrete ideas of what is happening now, next and later. For children with Special Needs in particular Autism having Visual Schedules explaining different routines/ plans for the day/ how to carry out differing tasks etc, are an essential part of their learning, understanding and communicating. I recently made a Visual for Conor explaining his Bed Time Routine so he would know what he had to do and the steps involved. He is at a stage now where he can follow very detailed instructions through pictures. [Read more…]

Ashgate Crafts

Ashgate CraftsI have been very lucky over the years to become a part of a huge online community wherein I have “met” some of the most courageous, strong and brave special needs parents, battling everyday on behalf of their little ones.x They have always been a huge support to me and when the opportunity arises I like to always support those in the Special Needs Community.

It was my lucky day recently over the summer when I found out about Ashgate Crafts on Facebook. A very lovely lady called Rachel is the proud owner of this fab Irish Business. She hand makes all of her Fabric Products to order! No mean feat when you consider the amount of time, planning, preparation and work that goes into each product from start to finish. [Read more…]

Valerie Sheehan Interview

Valerie Sheehan

A picture by Denis Scannell of Author Valerie Sheehan.

As many of you will know we are a house of avid readers. When I can’t find Hailey in our house I will usually locate her deeply engrossed in one of the many books that line the shelves in her room. Conor is the same he has boxes of books all over the house and well Jack likes the taste of a good book for now lol! But has his own mini collection of picture books in his Toy chest. I like to think I passed on my love of reading to the kids as it is a great way to escape from the world and get lost in the sea of words that fill the pages. I studied Law and English for many years so you can imagine I have read a great many books in my time.

Recently we were very lucky to be sent on some fab books from the very lovely Valerie Sheehan, Author of the Tony the Turtle series. A full review of the Tony the Turtle series to follow.

Having spoken to Valerie many times about her Book Series and the positive messages each book contains, she very kindly agreed to an Interview.x  [Read more…]

Memo Board Tutorial

Memo Board Tutorial


I have an obsession with Gingerbread men and not just the ones you eat.x They always look so cheery and brighten up any room especially at Christmas. Recently I came across this fab Gingerbread Cotton Material on Etsy and I knew I just had to have it.x Some ladies like Make-up and Handbags, I love material and paint lol!

Gingerbread [Read more…]