In this post, I’m listing websites, blogs, facebook pages and groups etc which I’ve found useful when it comes to helping me support our son’s learning and development. He’s autistic and nonverbal, with learning disability, and although these resources are based around what suits his needs and abilites, I believe many of them can be … More Helpful Online Resources For SEND Learning At Home
A few days ago, a mum I follow on instagram (at ‘bertiesjourney’) did a lovely post about how autism doesn’t have ‘a look’. A lot of others joined in, posting pictures of their autistic children or siblings, to show there’s no specific look. Many had been told by others that “he/she doesn’t look autistic”, and … More Autism Looks Like This…?
Every now and then, Penguin surprises us with new examples of how his mind works. He’s autistic and nonverbal, and in many ways he experiences the world differently to most of us. His sensory processing is different to the norm (as I’ve written about previously here & here) and his thoughts, learning and communication are … More Scribbles In The Night
On Tuesday evening we went for a short drive, with the intention of taking a walk in a nature area we’d visited earlier this year. When we got there however, we found it to be VERY muddy, so we decided to try somewhere else instead. We ended up in the village of Northiam (which we’ve … More A November Walk In Northiam, East Sussex, Featuring Bats!
On Friday evening, Penguin and I made these very simple yet delicious coconut macaroons. In Sweden, where I grew up and where we used to live when Penguin was younger, these are called ‘kokostoppar’ (which literally translates to ‘coconut tops’), and they’re a popular choice for homebaking as they’re so quick and easy to make. … More Baking Together: Coconut Macaroons (Gluten-Free)
I hope everyone’s had a happy Halloween out there, even if it might be a bit different to usual this year. For me, the most memorable moment of this Halloween week happened on Thursday evening, when Penguin and I were making a start at carving the largest of our pumpkins… I used his AAC (we … More How Pumpkin Carving Sparked A Communication Milestone For Our Nonverbal Teenager
At the very beginning of October, we spent a beautiful afternoon at Sissinghurst Castle Garden and the surrounding estate. We’ve been there several times before, and I’ve written about it previously in a few posts, mainly here and here (links open in new tab/window). For this post, I’ll let the photos do most of the … More An October Visit To Sissinghurst Castle Garden
On the first day of October, as we were heading out for a visit to Sissinghurst, I was telling Penguin about it being a new month, and about things taking place during October. Halloween and pumpkins were mentioned, as well as it being my birthday month. It’s not always clear if Penguin is really paying … More Pigs, Pumpkins, Pub – An Autumnal Afternoon Out
October is AAC Awareness Month. AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, but what does that mean? What is it, who is it for ,and where can I find good resources to learn more, if AAC is something that could benefit my child, or someone else I know? Those are questions I aim to answer … More AAC: Basic Facts And Helpful Resources
Yesterday we made a special sponge cake which turned out really well, so I thought we should share it here with you, in case you might like to make one too! I took inspiration from this apple cake recipe for the basics, but instead of apples and spices, this delicious cake got it’s flavours from … More Baking Together: Extra Special Sponge Cake With Raisins, Cranberries & More