Autism Diagnosis Now What?

My lovely Jack went forward for an autism assessment this past summer. What I believed to be true, was just that. My gorgeous Jack is autistic, just like his beautiful big brother Conor.

Baby Jack

I had noticed very early on that my lovely Jack was different to his big sister Hailey, and was more like Conor in his play, in that he stimming, liked to line up and also he didn’t use much spoken language.

He had stopped to make sounds or attempts at words, a little while ago, he had sort of gone into his own little world but every now and again he will want to play and I love every minute that he will. My lovely Jack is autistic.

Autism knocks on the door

I guess I am writing this post to raise awareness of Autism for families just like mine, so they can see early on that their child is autistic and not neurotypical and can support them in the best way they can.

I know so much more now then I did when I started out many years ago with gorgeous Conor, I still have lots to learn of course, but I know what to do now and where to start to help my gorgeous Jack.


When I realised that my gorgeous Jack was autistic, I decided, that if I can help even one mother or father to not go through what we have been through alone then I would do that, I would start a blog to help families just like mine.

So I have set up The Little Puddins Blog to help new parents starting out, help them find their feet and provide as much information/advice and resources as I can. Because I remember the me of almost 6 years ago bawling my eyes out at the kitchen table, not knowing what to do to do the right thing to help Conor.

It was not until I met other lovely parent, who could advise me that I started to feel safe again and know I was doing the right things because I had the right information and I had friends who had been there before me.

Little Puddins

I have lots of work to do on my Blog to provide as much information as I can. I stay up late at night to work on it so that someday when someone types in The Little Puddins Blog on google they will be able to breath a sigh of relief that there is a shoulder there to lean on, that they are not alone.

Thanks for reading my very long winded post (I did tell you I ramble – sorry lol).
If you do one thing to day will give The Little Puddins Blog a like on Facebook because someday someone you know may be right where I am now and need that shoulder to lean on but not know where to look.

If Conor and Jack could speak with words today they would say thank you for helping to raise awareness but they can’t just yet so instead here is a picture of them having fun and Jack holding a horse because no picture is complete without a plastic horse.


Thank you always for reading my blog and helping to spread awareness and acceptance for families just like mine, living in Ireland today.


  • Gillian September 8, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Very well said. I’ll look forward to reading ur blog . You’ve handsome little boys and I’m laughing here at the horse 🙂 xx

    • Amanda Mc Guinness September 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Aw thank you so much Gillian for your kind words.xx I just knew when I found out about baby Jack that I had to help other Mammies starting out.xx Oh I know that horse comes everywhere! It has photobombed so many photos when we are trying to get a picture of Jack.xx

  • Rachael Byrne September 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    So very beautifully written. Your boys are gorgeous:) I wish you all the best, with an advocate like you the battle is halfway done 🙂
    From a fellow autism mum ( who had a plastic gingerbread man in every photo for a year…)

    • Amanda Mc Guinness September 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words.xx Where would I be myself without fab Special Needs Mammies to help me when I needed Aw well Gingerbread Men are all the rage so someone has great taste .xxxxxx

  • Looking for Blue Sky November 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Beautiful boys and I’m so glad to see another blogger writing about autism, there’s so much need for it xxx

    • Amanda Mc Guinness November 24, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Wow thank you so much.xx As you know I have long been a follower of your fab blog so I am very thankful for your kind

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