How a Little Girl Changed the Way Her Class Communicates without Words

Like every mum, I was terrified when my baby started full-time school. Even as I dressed her in her shirt and tie I wondered again if mainstream was going to be the right place for her. I had more reason than most to worry as she left that day still unable to dress herself and … More How a Little Girl Changed the Way Her Class Communicates without Words

Being Non-Verbal Isn’t Like The Little Mermaid

“What’s your name?” “Oh – he’s not a talker.” Forced smile. Remind myself – they are just being kind. That’s usually my standard response. Sometimes it’s misinterpreted – fair enough really, I doubt they’d want the whole story, nor can I be bothered to tell it – and followed by another question. Until I am … More Being Non-Verbal Isn’t Like The Little Mermaid

Sight Word Exercises to Help Your Non-Verbal Child Communicate (bonus video!)

We had a very successful trip to Bridget’s neurologist. And not just because we survived it without Bridget setting off any alarms. I have to confess, out of all of Bridget’s doctors, her neurologist is my favorite. We’ve had her since she was a fellow (no, not a Jenner) and saw her through getting her … More Sight Word Exercises to Help Your Non-Verbal Child Communicate (bonus video!)

Stop Trying to Convince Me My Daughter Doesn’t have Autism

Dear Well-Meaning Acquaintance, Please stop trying to convince me that my daughter does not have autism. I know that you are trying to give me hope that she is “normal” or “will grow out of it.” But I know that she isn’t, and she won’t, and I’m tired of having to run through all of … More Stop Trying to Convince Me My Daughter Doesn’t have Autism