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.
In this post, I’m listing websites, blogs, facebook pages and groups etc which I’ve found useful when it comes to helping me support our son’s learning and development. He’s autistic and nonverbal, with learning disability, and although these resources are based around what suits his needs and abilites, I believe many of them can be … More Helpful Online Resources For SEND Learning At Home
I’m seeing a lot of posts at the moment about how to fill your days at home, now that the kids will be out of school (and not allowed to hang out with friends etc). And more than once, I’ve felt a wish to tell parents to please calm down. Not about the virus, that … More No School?! No Panic…
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’ve been hesitating somewhat to write this post. I’d really like it to be a positive one, as focusing on the good sides of life is so important to me. It would be quite easy to let myself get dragged down by thoughts about all the difficult and sometimes miserable aspects of our existance. But … More 4 Reasons Why Home Education (Homeschooling) is a Good Fit for our Autistic Child
Today we made another couple of ornaments for our little Christmas tree, and Penguin really enjoyed this. As soon as I got the beads out he came to sit down at the table and was keen to get started! So, after putting some suitable Christmas tunes on, this is what we did: Firstly, I strung … More Super Simple Beadwork Ornaments
Day two of our Advent Calendar of Activities! Today we’ve made Christmas cards with a potato print snowman motif. Pretty cute, if I may say so myself. Here’s what we used and how we did it: We used a natural beige paper to print the snowmen on. I drew lines on the sheet of A4 … More Making a Potato Print Snowman Christmas Card
A couple of days ago we visited a leisure center in a nearby town, to go swimming. We’ve been there once before, about three months ago, so it wasn’t a completely new environment for Penguin, though still quite unfamiliar. And as usual when we come to places that Penguin’s not yet used to, he was … More A trip to the leisure center that nearly tipped our sensory scales