Do you enjoy buying gifts for your child/ren? Do they tell you about things they’d want for their birthday or Christmas? And do they open their gifts with a face of excitement, which shifts to joy when they see what’s inside? For me, the answer to the first question above is yes, but for the … More Buying Gifts for a Sensory Seeking, Non-Verbal, Autistic Child with Developmental Delays…?
I’ve always really enjoyed playing board games, so I’m very happy about now being able to play some of these with Penguin! It’s taken a bit of extra effort for our boy to grasp how to play, due to his autism, developmental delays and learning differences. In this post I’d like to share a few … More Penguin Plays… Board Games!
One of the very few Scandinavian traditions which I like to keep alive to some extent after our move from Sweden to the UK (almost two years ago now) is the yearly ‘Lucia’ celebrations on 13 December, also known as ‘St Lucy’s Day’. WHAT IS IT? In short, celebrating Lucia consists of watching or participating … More Celebrating ‘Lucia’: A Scandinavian Tradition
I’d like to write a post about why I don’t care about the causes of autism. But I fear that it would probably turn into a Sisyphean task. There are too many thoughts in my head, many of them unfinished, and so much I could say. The words may just come pouring out, jumbled, endlessly … More Why I Don’t Care about the Causes of Autism (…or what if I do?)
I wrote about this on our facebook page earlier today, and then realised that it should perhaps go in a blog post too, as it’s an example of the kind of thing which I might have found helpful to see a few years ago (or even now, as I’m always inspired by seeing how others … More When Your Autistic Child Recognises & Communicates Their Need for Downtime!
Apparently today is World Sleep Day, and you could be forgiven for thinking that I’ve fallen into a long deep sleep considering my lack of posting here over the past week. However, the reason is not sleep, but us moving into a new home! Super exciting times indeed, and I’ll be back to fill you … More Are you sleeping..?
It’s sometimes said that autistic children don’t know how to play, or that they don’t like to play. However, play is such a wide concept, and in truth there are only some of the aspects of play which are commonly problematic for children with autism. What is Play? The definitions of ‘play’ are broad and … More Penguin Plays: Sensory Play with Gelli Play & Slime Play
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
When Penguin was younger, we sometimes visited a place that had a ‘Sensory Room’, also known as ‘Snoezelen’. In hindsight, we could have got so much more out of those visits if we’d been guided by an occupational therapist on how to make the most of it all, but at the time I didn’t know … More On nature as ”Sensory Room”
With the beginning of a new year comes a flurry of posts on social media, about the highlights that have been during the past year, and the happiness that may come in the next. Looking back on the year that we’ve had, I’ve found it a little bit difficult to join in the joyful exclamations … More A Hopeful New Year…