Meet The Autism Educator
Amanda Mc Guinness, BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), is the Autism Ambassador for County Mayo.
Amanda and her family have been sharing their lives on-line 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 on-line across the world.
In November 2019 Hailey (11) was presented with the prestigious prize of Family Carers Ireland, Young Carer of the Year award by Marty Whelan in recognition of all her selfless work within the home, helping her three brothers with autism.
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 by a few, Amanda’s Social Story has been featured on or recommended by:
Amanda is and 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 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.
With over 40 years lived experience as an autistic individual and over a decade of experiences supporting and educating autistic children, their parents and family members, Amanda provides a unique viewpoint into the autistic neurodivergent world.
- She has extensive knowledge and experience in behavioural, communication, emotional regulation , and visual supports systems.
- She provides tailored parent and professional trainings.
- Parent consultancy post diagnosis.
- She has provided “Understanding Autism” training to students, teachers and special needs assistants imparting best practice in all areas of care and education of children on the spectrum.
- Amanda provides specialized autism training to the corporate world in Ireland and online to the UK.
- Amanda’s career prior to working in the field of autism, centred primarily in the legal sector specializing in Family, Personal Injury, Probate and Tort Law.
In 2015 Amanda created the award winning website “Little Puddins”, documenting her and her son’s autism journey online.
Her award winning family blog www.littlepuddins.ie hosts readers from around the world visiting her blog for advice, support and to download her educational resources.
You can find out more about her social media platforms by going to her
Her column in The Connaught Telegraph educates and encourages readers to be more accepting and understanding of autism.