This is a picture of something Penguin created in a drawing app on his iPad last night. He was laying down, scribbling away on the screen, with a contented smile on his face, looking like he was very pleased with his project. At first glance it might look like a random mess of scribbles, and … More Differently Abled..? A Story About Letters, Literacy, And Being Nonverbal In Two Languages.
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
[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
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!
In December last year (2019), we visited Drusillas Park for the first time. We’d heard about it shortly after moving to south east England three years ago, but for various reasons (including cost, as well as it’s being a bit of a journey for us to get there) we hadn’t managed to visit the place … More Visiting Drusillas Park in Wintertime
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