Celebrating ‘Lucia’: A Scandinavian Tradition

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

Why I Don’t Care about the Causes of Autism (…or what if I do?)

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?)

When Your Autistic Child Recognises & Communicates Their Need for Downtime!

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!

Are you sleeping..?

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..?

Penguin Plays: Sensory Play with Gelli Play & Slime Play

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

5 brilliant books for helping your child with autism & spd

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

Christmassy Playdough Mats – Free Printables!

For our advent activity no.21, I made these playdough mats for Penguin, to use with the three types of scented playdough that we’d made the previous day. I simply drew the pictures and laminated them. I also got out some beads, pipe cleaners, googly eyes etc, for decorating the playdough motifs. It was good fun … More Christmassy Playdough Mats – Free Printables!