A Special day at the Menlo

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Image Source- Special Heroes Ireland

A Special Day at the Menlo Park Hotel

To day I attended a brilliant Special Needs Exhibition organized by Special Heroes Ireland which took place in The Menlo Park Hotel, Galway. Proceeds raised by Special Heroes Ireland will go towards Santa Claus making very special home visits to children and adults with special needs who would love to meet Santa. x

As I have two super cute little boys with Special Needs I wanted to go along to find some new Therapy Tools that could help their language, sensory and fine motor needs. The event did not disappoint! x [Read more…]

Brownies

Brownies [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…]

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…]

Love has no words

Hailey and baby Jack.x

Hailey and baby Jack.x

Love has no words

On the tough days when every thing has gone wrong I just want to hide away. Pull the covers up over my head and not come out until it all magically gets better. Being a Mammy means on those days you put the kettle on, pour another cup of courage and fight another day. Doubt and guilt follow me as often as night turns into day. I could be a better mammy, I could spend more time with each of my little ones,  I should be doing more therapy with the boys, I should be giving more attention to Hailey, I could be telling them more often I love them.

Conor looking out for Baby Jack

Conor looking out for Baby Jack

Hailey always helps that doubt, guilt and fear fade away. Watching Hailey kiss the top of Conor’s head this morning after he bumped it made be feel so at peace. I must be doing something right. I watched her as I stood quietly to the side as she bent down and gave Conor a soft kiss to the top of his head, rubbing his shoulders she said “It’s ok Bubba (her special name she calls Conor), all better now“. He looked back at her with a sad smile and my heart broke a little more. For all the self doubt I have as a mother to my three lovely little people it fades away when I see how happy they can make each other. [Read more…]

Mammy Loves Conor

IMG_3373Wiping tears gently away from Conor’s little face I pull him in tight, trying my best to hug and kiss away what hurts his beautiful heart. I know that I may not ever find out what plays on his mind when he cries quietly to himself lying on his bed. I lie beside him when his tears flow all too easily and tell him repeatedly “Mammy loves Conor”, holding him tight I do my best to hug all his fears away, hoping if I hug him just tightly enough he will know and he will feel all the love I have for him.

Moments like this are the hardest to bear as I would do absolutely anything to help him speak, so that finally we would hear all the lovely things he wants to say. I never imagined all those years ago when his words stopped that almost 6 years later we would still be hoping, wishing and waiting. In the years since his words faded away, I have learned so much from Conor without him ever uttering one single beautiful word. [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…]

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…]