Hello! Welcome to Dancing Wombat!
Hi everyone! I’m Jennie Irving.
Dancing Wombat is my blog for all of us who nurture, guide and teach kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other associated, complex conditions*.
Dancing Wombat is a treasure trove of gems of daily lived experience — routines, conversations, experiments, failures, hard-won milestones, bone-weariness, hilarity, anguish and relief.
Like anyone, I get things right and wrong as I raise and teach young people with ASD. I don’t promote particular ways of thinking or claim to be an expert. My blogs are my conversation with you.
Delve in and enjoy my stories — I love writing them! I hope Dancing Wombat gets you thinking differently about ASD, and comforts and encourages you. Best of all, Dancing Wombat is proudly agenda free, ad free and therapeutic!
*Other ASD-related conditions include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual disability (ID), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and anxiety.
Drop in – share your ideas and experiences, frustrations and triumphs.
Maintaining healthy eating when you have special needs and are going out We’re into week 6 of my daughter’s changed diet. That’s 6 weeks of slightly altered eating patterns and food offerings. I’d like to say 6 weeks without fast food but of course, maintaining...read more
Over six years, since my daughter developed Addison’s as a barely-minted teenager, I’ve watched with increasing concern as she’s steadily grown outwards, not upwards, as the daily steroid medication she needs to manage her endocrine condition takes (side) effect....read more
Every instrument, including the wildly underappreciated recorder, has its own charms. When it comes to instrument playing in the younger years – especially in a specialist/special needs setting, where I teach – the recorder is a prime example of how...read more
About Jennie Irving
I’m a believer in small things that can make big goals happen.
Based in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia, my life journey has taken me from corporate law to language teaching to performing arts teaching in a small specialist education setting…together with raising four great kids, three of them with ASD.
I believe that sharing and talking about our experiences — the good, the bad and the ugly — help overcome silence and stigma so we can build a more understanding and caring community where people with special needs genuinely belong, can prosper and flourish.
Small voices matter. Mine is a small voice among many that, together, can roar.