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

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

‘Guess that smell’: Matching activity with visual supports

As you might already know if you follow this blog, Penguin is pretty much non-verbal, or minimally verbal, or pre-verbal, depending on which term you prefer to use. He’s also got a very strong visual sense, which he relies on heavily, for learning, communication, and more. To play an activity of guessing smells, I couldn’t … More ‘Guess that smell’: Matching activity with visual supports

Baking gingerbread

After two days of playing with gingerbread playdough, it was time for the real thing: Making gingerbread! The dough needs to be made a day in advance (or very early in the morning), as it has to rest in the fridge for around 10-12 hours or more, or the consistency won’t be very good for … More Baking gingerbread