Amanda and her family have been sharing their lives online since 2015 when Amanda launched Mayo’s first autism family blog -The Little Puddins Blog.
Through her blog Amanda and her family have been on the most extraordinary journey, through TV appearances on The Late Late Show as Autism Ambassadors, to appearances on Prime Time, Ireland AM, RTÉ News and Virgin Media. Amanda and her little Puddins have featured in print and online across the world.
Amanda is most well known online for her philanthropic design and sharing of visual supports and educational resources to families of children with additional needs the world over.
Her most recent design “What is the Coronavirus?” Social Story became a viral sensation when Amanda designed and shared for free online, the Social Story, to support children just like her own, who were struggling to understand what was happening and why their world had changed so drastically in an instant.
Amanda’s visual supports have been featured on or recommended by Government bodies, organisations, charities and associations all over the world. To name but a few, Amanda’s Social Story has been featured on or recommended by:
Amanda is an Autism Ambassador for Ireland’s national Autism Charity; ASIAM. She and her son Jack were interviewed by Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late show on Autism Acceptance Day 2021.
Amanda’s lived experience as an autistic individual, her lived experience raising and home-schooling her three autistic sons together with her professional experience as an Autism Consultant and Early Intervention Educator, inspires parents of children with additional needs all over the world through her online social media platforms.
Her visual mind has been noted professionally as “exceptional” and it is her visual mind that conceptualises, constructs and deconstructs into minutiae the fine detail of her educational resources, visual supports together with her illustrated prints. Amanda’s unique innate understanding and experience of visual information processing has enabled her to design bespoke Visual Supports for parents, professionals and children through her role as a Visual Supports Designer.
Amanda is an experienced Webinar Presenter and designs bespoke Training Courses on request.
Through her social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, her family blog; www.littlepuddins.ie and her parent support forum www.theautismeducator.ie Amanda has reached all corners of the world with her Visual Supports, educational resources, insights and family experiences.
When Amanda first started Little Puddins blog in 2015, she had the tagline- living a life unexpected. Her journey on the autism road has led to self discovery, empowerment, advocacy and education. She would not change one moment of it, as her journey with her children, has made her the woman she is today.
Her Little Puddins; Hailey (13), Conor (11), Jack (7) and baby of the house Max (3).