Autism knocks on the door

Baby Jack

Baby Jack

It is not often I am speechless (probably all the tea) but this summer I was shocked into silence, stunned actually. It was from something I hadn’t completely ruled out but you always, always hope your worst fear would not come true.It took me the last few months to get my feet back under me, and finally I have.
You see I am very lucky to have 3 gorgeous children; a beautiful girl and two super handsome boys. We have been living with Autism in our house for the last almost 6 years and it has brought many ups and a very many downs as we tried to find our way with it all.
Then we had Jack and we were so so delighted to have another gorgeous baby to hold and to love and to love us back All was well. [Read more…]

Mika B Teething Jewellery

1005658_620682217962507_1811576509_nImagine the worst tooth ache you ever had, then imagine your first tooth breaking through your gumline…. Ouch! We have all gone through teething as infants and now as adults we take care of our own little mini-mes as they reach the life milestone of teething. Being a mammy to three gorgeous children means I have met this milestone myself (thank god I can’t remember it) and I have met it head on three times with my little ones when they were babies. [Read more…]

Sleeping Angel

Sleeping AngelAs I enter the darkened room, I have only the dim light of the moon’s sky to guide me. Softly the carpet beneath my feet mute my moving soul, my breathing unheard. Looking down, I watch Jack, my sleeping angel, oblivious to my silent tears as he sleeps in his cot. I find him asleep in the same manner every night no matter how tightly I tuck his little blankets over him he gets out and will lay on top of them, his little bum facing the sky and his cherub face buried deep in the warmth of his blankets. There is a huge lump building in my throat as I watch him breath in and out life, I pick up his favorite blanket and tuck it around his little body keeping him warm under the moons gentle glow. [Read more…]

Visual Schedule

Visual ScheduleMany adults and children with special needs use Visual Schedules as a way of communicating, providing a means of instruction and organization to their lives.

Autistic children and adults think in pictures. In their mind and in their understanding they see actual pictures/visuals when they try to process information that they are receiving. Creating Visual Schedules and pictures can help them to understand and communicate on a level that is uniquely personal to them. [Read more…]

My Forever Love

Hailey

 

My Forever Love

Written By Amanda Mc Guinness.

I often look and want to cry,
Wondering how, what and why,
This is not the life I planned for you,
I wonder if you ever feel it too.

I so wanted and wished for you,
Asking god each night to give me; you,
A little girl just for me,
My little best friend, just you and me. [Read more…]

Communication Passport

 

A Communication Passport for School.

You will need to create a Communication Passport at the beginning of each school year on behalf of your child if they are unable to create it for themselves. A Communication Passport is like a booklet all about your child from their perspective. You create it with a reader in mind who knows nothing about your child. You can include pictures of your child and his/her family, or any other documentation you feel would be necessary. It is a very personal document to your child and as such no two will be exactly alike.

The Passport I created for Conor this year is actually completely different to the one I had made originally last year, as his needs/preferences and experiences have changed. Your child may have made progress in some areas, maybe they have regressed whatever the change may be it is important to include it in the document as it will all be relevant. [Read more…]

Sensory Processing Disorder SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder also known as SPD is a processing disorder of the senses. It affects the way in which children and adults “take in” the world around them through their senses.

The Sensory Spectrum

www.thesensoryspectrum.com

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How to Catch A Star

How to catch a star book review

 

We are a house of book lovers there is no doubt. Over the summer however we lost our way with books and out doors excursions took over. With the start of the school year now in plain sight we are getting back to our little traditions of book reading in the evening or at bedtime.

When choosing bedtime books I generally let the kids take turns in picking what we will read with the exception of baby Jack who right now has no interest in literary content unless it tastes good, literally.. So he can choose a half eaten book for himself out of his little pile that I will read to him later. [Read more…]

Back to School

Back to SchoolBack to School

In a few short days the summer will officially be over. Summer clothes are being put away all over Ireland this week while a fresh batch of school uniforms are being pressed & readied for Monday morning madness. Shoes will be polished, books & copies covered, name tags placed, lunch bags packed, all ready & waiting in anticipation of that first ringing bell, telling the world the school year has begun.

We will wonder at how we will ever pass the time that has been so filled over the summer with various excursions and attempts at keeping our children entertained on the never ending rain soaked days. [Read more…]

Special Needs Back To School Checklist

Back to School Checklist

 

The School journey for children begins again in less than a week. For most the start of school life or the return for another year brings excitement, anticipation, a few nerves at best. For children with special needs this can be an increasingly daunting time, knowing the start of the new school term is fast approaching, bringing with it possible anxiety, meltdowns and real fear of change and the unknown.

♥Children starting school.

If your child is starting school for the first time, both of you may be feeling anxious and nervous right now about what may lay ahead. There are things you can do to prepare your little one for the impending school term, to help them cope and feel ready to start. [Read more…]