Earlier this week I had a chat with Meesh and Christelle of the ‘Let’s Talk Autism’ podcast! This week they’ve been doing a super impressive ‘podcast marathon’ of 7 episodes per day for each day of the week, to highlight Autism Awareness Week. So a total of 49 short episodes (each about 6-9 mins long) … More Talking About AAC And Us, On The ‘Let’s Talk Autism’ Podcast!
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
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
Two years ago I made an Easter playdough mat for Penguin, and posted about it here: Happy Easter Playdough Mat . At the time, we had very recently moved into our house, and the cables for my scanner/printer were somewhere in a box… so I couldn’t scan and share the playdough mat as a printable, as … More Free Printable: Happy Easter Playdough Mat
Last night I wrote a post titled ‘No School?! No Panic…’, about how I don’t think parents should feel any pressure to mimic school or set up super ambitious schedules for learning at home during these times of school closures, social distancing, and isolation. If you haven’t read the post yet, you can find it … More Special Needs Learning At Home: How Can I Help?
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!
(The post below started it’s life as an instagram post, but social media has such a short shelf life in general, and I feel that these thoughts deserve a somewhat more permanent place. So here it is, ever so slightly edited, as a blog post.) I would have loved to be asleep right now, but … More What If I Fail My Disabled Child…?
With the beginning of a new year comes a flurry of posts on social media, about the highlights that have been during the past year, and the happiness that may come in the next. Looking back on the year that we’ve had, I’ve found it a little bit difficult to join in the joyful exclamations … More A Hopeful New Year…