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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

Checking up on checking in at bedtime

Recently, I began a new bedtime routine to help my youngest settle better at night. I’m happy to report that the check-in process seems to be mostly working. And thank you to those who suggested products that might help with that process. I’m investigating! Along the...

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Screw your courage to the sticking place

My oldest son made a courageous decision, a few weeks ago, to return to schooling. He was courageous, because he really didn’t want to do it. He came to this decision reluctantly, begrudgingly…and two weeks into the beginning of term. He was courageous, because he was...

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Beans à la Wombat for fussy eaters

Are your children fussy eaters? Yes! Are your efforts to disguise vegetables in mashed potato and fritters failing? Yes! Are doormats the only fibre they regularly touch? Yes! The list could go on. I’m sure you have your own. You’re probably all thinking, “Been there,...

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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