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.
“Different, not less.” “Don’t dis my ability.” Much as I agree with their sentiments, sometimes I find memes irritating. Including ones like these. In trying to support difference and diversity, and promote an inclusive society, I feel that such memes can...read more
Life is full of highs that raise you in joyful exultation and lows that oppress you like a dark winter’s morning. And then, then there are the days when everything comes crashing down around your ears in the space of a few, brief words: “I have some bad news…” That...read more
Ok, I admit it. In the very early days of having kids, I sometimes fantasised about raising my own little von Trapp family of musicians. I grew up in a musical family myself. My siblings and I all played instruments, my sister and I sang, and my parents were musical....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.