Scribbles In The Night

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

How Pumpkin Carving Sparked A Communication Milestone For Our Nonverbal Teenager

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

Our Life With Sensory Processing Disorder – Part II

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

Our Life With Sensory Processing Disorder – Part I

October has many ‘awareness days’ and is ‘awareness month’ for several things that are of specific interest to me because of them being related to Penguin in one way or another. I already mentioned in my post on the first day of this month about it being AAC Awareness Month, which is highly relevant to us … More Our Life With Sensory Processing Disorder – Part I

Baking Together: Blueberry Muffins with a Touch of Citrus

In case you’re new to our blog: Our posts about baking are not only about the recipes, but also very much about the process of baking together with our son who’s autistic, non-verbal, and has develomental differences. I feel that baking is a great activity for us to enjoy together, and I hope that sharing … More Baking Together: Blueberry Muffins with a Touch of Citrus

Days Out in the South East: Wildwood Trust Animal Park

Last week we visited a place called Wildwood for the first time! It’s a really nice wildlife park, run by the Wildwood Trust charity, which mainly focuses on British wildlife past and present. We saw deer, bears, wolves, snakes, owls and other birds, spiders, rodents, bison, an otter, badger, fox, beaver, elk and many other … More Days Out in the South East: Wildwood Trust Animal Park

Growing Plants from Food Scraps! Part I: Pineapple and Avocado

Social media can be a great thing at times, don’t you think? There are loads of online ‘communities’ out there, on the various platforms, where you can find others who share the same interests as you. And for anyone living with a disibility, there are groups where you can find support and share your experiences … More Growing Plants from Food Scraps! Part I: Pineapple and Avocado

Painting Wet-On-Wet: A Mindful Sensory Art Experience

We did some wet-on-wet painting yesterday, and it made me think about the things I really like about it. I especially appreciate how it tends to give great results despite being so simple. Or maybe it’s BECAUSE it’s so simple that the results are great..? Either way, I thought it could be worthwhile sharing with … More Painting Wet-On-Wet: A Mindful Sensory Art Experience