Our son Penguin was diagnosed with autism when he was four. The signs had been there long before then, and he would probably have beem diagnosed at age three if it wasn’t for us, his parents, who were reluctant about getting a diagnosis. I guess you could say we were in denial, not wanting to believe … More 5 brilliant books for helping your child with autism & spd
Day 3 of advent: Visited Sissinghurst and started making a Christmas wish list 🎅🕯 Penguin rarely shows a ‘typical’ interest in toys and has never made a list of what he would like for Christmas or birthdays. He lives very much in the moment, so asking him about what he might want three weeks from … More A wish list in the making
A couple of days ago we visited a leisure center in a nearby town, to go swimming. We’ve been there once before, about three months ago, so it wasn’t a completely new environment for Penguin, though still quite unfamiliar. And as usual when we come to places that Penguin’s not yet used to, he was … More A trip to the leisure center that nearly tipped our sensory scales
The strains of being at school and the magic of summer holidays It’s now been almost six months since Penguin stopped going to school, as we started homeschooling, or Elective Home Education as it’s formally called here in the UK. The were several reasons for why we thought this would be a better fit for … More 7 significant (non-academic) steps forward in our first few months of Home Education
I feel that I owe you an explanation as to why I’ve chosen the name “Sensational Learning”. Although I’m hoping that the learning experiences I try to create for Penguin will indeed sometimes be sensational, in the usual meaning of the word, I wouldn’t have chosen the name on that basis alone. Instead, it comes … More How do you mean, “sensational”?
I’m starting this blog to share my thoughts and ongoing experiences of learning differently. I’m the mother of a boy with autism, aged 10. He’s non-verbal and classed as having a learning disability, and we’ve recently taken the plunge into home education (or home schooling, if you prefer that term). Here on the blog I’ll … More Purpose, meaning, respect & passion.