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
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
The event that I’m going to tell you about in this post happened the other week, but at the time felt too overwhelmed to write about it, and then when I tried I found it tricky to put it into words. I’m not sure I’ll be entirely successful now either, but I’m giving it a … More My nonverbal 12 year old autistic child talked to me about his drawing!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t been posting very much here during November. I posted about this on our social media about a week ago, but it’s just as relevant for here on the blog, so I feel I should write about it here as well. Plus this also gives me an … More Getting The Balance Right…?
Today is the First of October, and my online world is full of reminders that today is indeed a New Month. There are shiny new ‘challenges’ to join in with on instagram, and as we look ahead, October seems to be glowing with promises of cosy autumnal moments. We’ll be surrounded by the golden hues … More October… New Month, New Beginnings?
If you were already following us on social media at the end of last summer, you might perhaps remember that we spent a bit of time on ‘sink or float’ activities back then, such as described in this facebook post I wrote about a year ago: Now, jumping back to the present time: Penguin brought … More Sink Or Float Activities : Multisensory & Multifaceted Learning
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!
I woke up with a headache again today, just like yesterday morning. But today, despite my headache, I’m in a somewhat celebratory mood, and it’s all to do with a ‘smelly cow’… The first sign of the forementioned cow appeared late on Wednesday evening. Penguin was lying in bed, doing some drawing on a favourite … More Why I’m Rejoicing over a ‘Smelly Cow’
…You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man! This post is mainly about a little activity we did recently. My hubby had bought us a gingerbread man decorating kit from the supermarket, and it turned out to be a really great thing! Apart from it being good fun, it combined aspects of multi-sensory stimulation, fine … More Run, run, as fast as you can…
I think most of us can agree that music affects us. That it can change our mood, make us feel stronger, fill us with joy or sadness. Our hands and feet start tapping, and some of us end up doing a little dance at the bus stop. Music offers a way of communication which taps … More Sweet Music