Scribbles In The Night

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

How Pumpkin Carving Sparked A Communication Milestone For Our Nonverbal Teenager

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

Special Needs Learning At Home: How Can I Help?

Last night I wrote a post titled ‘No School?! No Panic…’, about how I don’t think parents should feel any pressure to mimic school or set up super ambitious schedules for learning at home during these times of school closures, social distancing, and isolation. If you haven’t read the post yet, you can find it … More Special Needs Learning At Home: How Can I Help?

My nonverbal 12 year old autistic child talked to me about his drawing!

The event that I’m going to tell you about in this post happened the other week, but at the time felt too overwhelmed to write about it, and then when I tried I found it tricky to put it into words. I’m not sure I’ll be entirely successful now either, but I’m giving it a … More My nonverbal 12 year old autistic child talked to me about his drawing!

Our Life With Sensory Processing Disorder – Part II

Welcome to part two of our mini-series on sensory processing differences, where as promised in part I, I’ll explain a little bit about the three lesser known senses: the vestibular system, proprioception and interoception. (If you missed part one, you can find it here.) Firstly, just a few short words on terminology. I’m using the … More Our Life With Sensory Processing Disorder – Part II

Our Life With Sensory Processing Disorder – Part I

October has many ‘awareness days’ and is ‘awareness month’ for several things that are of specific interest to me because of them being related to Penguin in one way or another. I already mentioned in my post on the first day of this month about it being AAC Awareness Month, which is highly relevant to us … More Our Life With Sensory Processing Disorder – Part I