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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.

Our Blog

Therapets – a CATalogue of happy surprises

The therapet difference “Well, he’s a different child! The contrast between last term and this term is incredible.” Having looked in horror at some of my youngest’s recent school work, I’d felt it was time for a quick catch-up to see how he was tracking more broadly....

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After the ball is over

After the ball is over After the ball is over After the break of dawn After the dancer’s leaving After the stars are gone Many a heart is aching If you could read them all… Since my daughter had her Presentation Ball, two years have already flown past....

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Operation Laser Surgery

Ongoing eye surgery My daughter had a major operation three years ago to give her new lenses – new eyes, as we described it. Her eyesight improved dramatically and the child who had needed glasses from the age of 21 months now moved around confidently without them....

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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.

blog young people ASD
blog young people ASD