How much do you know about our senses? Most people are very familiar with the five senses that helps us process information about the world around us: Our sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell (a.k.a. the visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory and olfactory senses). Then there’s the vestibular and proprioceptive senses, which are both to do … More Interoception: The Lesser Known But Oh So Important Sensory System
I’m not usually one for posting selfies. But this week I’ve managed TWO of them in our instagram stories, of which one was this image, where my hair is ‘enhanced’ by the branches of a tree behind me… I didn’t realise that while I was taking the picture. Oh well! Anyway, I posted that picture … More 7 Questions About Us, Answered
[If you’d prefer listening to a recording of me reading this post, rather than reading it yourself, please scroll down to the end of the post to find two audio files (as I got interrupted, and haven’t yet worked out how to fuse the two files together, sorry).] I regularly come across discussions on social … More Why do I See My Autistic Son As Both Disabled AND Differently Abled?
I’m full of conflicting emotions this week, due to a range of things really, but one of the main things taking up space in my head is April being World Autism Month. And linked to that, we have Autism Awareness Week this week (mainly in the UK), as well as World Autism Day 2 April. … More A Life Worth Living
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
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
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
Today is World Autism Awareness Day (a.k.a. World Autism Day, as some prefer not to use the term ‘awareness’), this week is Autism Awareness Week, and April is Autism Awareness Month. However, as our son Penguin is autistic, we’re just as aware on all the other days, weeks and months of the year, and I … More 3 Autistic Traits I Would Like You To Know About!