#ImpactfulBlogs: And Next Comes L

Impactful Blogs: And Next Comes L

Dyan Robson - And Next Comes LDyan (pronounced “Diane”) Robson is a stay-at-home-mom and piano teacher who married her childhood sweetheart. She has two sons, one with autism, hyperlexia and hypernumeracy. Dyan started her blog in 2013 at the request of friends and family to share the activities she does with her boys. Since then, her blog has expanded to cover a variety of topics, coming from her own curious interests and her family’s life. She also helps others learn the ins and outs of blogging.

She has the perfect blog to kick off our new series, #Impactful Blogs. I am so happy to present such a great resource for you. Enjoy!

Your Blog:

And Next Comes L  (There is a story behind her blog’s name…click to read about it.)

On my blog And Next Comes L, I write about hyperlexia + autism + other tales of learning. I share my passions for music, blogging, sewing, DIY, books, in addition to sharing about my son’s autism, hyperlexia, and hypernumeracy.

Your City, Country:

Saskatchewan, Canada

impactful-blog-badgeWhat inspired you to write a blog?

I needed a creative outlet. Plus, my mom friends encouraged me to start a blog after seeing pictures on Facebook of the sensory activities that I would do with my kids.

What’s your intention or mission?

Originally my intention was to share my fun ideas for kids and write more by simply blogging as a hobby. However, after my son was diagnosed with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy, and autism in November of 2014, my mission changed drastically. Since I was unaware of hyperlexia at the time of diagnosis, I figured that there had to be other parents struggling to figure out their kids, just like I was. Plus, there were few resources for parents like me. I wanted to open up about our story with hyperlexia and start to raise awareness while collecting and sharing the best resources that I could find. Or at least fill in the gaps myself.

What kinds of topics do you write about and how often do you post?

How often I post really varies, but usually anywhere from 2-5 times every week. I mostly write about educational and sensory activities for kids, but I also write about autism, hyperlexia, DIY sensory hacks, essential oils, blogging, and music activities for kids.

Do you have a proud moment, inspirational story, or moving feedback you’d like to share?

I have so many proud moments, but the ones that stand out the most always come back to sharing my son’s story on hyperlexia. I have had numerous emails and messages on Instagram about how parents have been relieved to discover that there is such a thing as hyperlexia. Recently, another mom wrote a blog post about discovering hyperlexia through my blog and her post really struck a chord with me. It really made me realize that I do have the power to help other families and that’s an incredible thing! You can read the post: The Autism Post I’ve Tried to Write for 2 Years 

Share your top 3 favorite posts:

It’s so hard to pick just three, but I think my most personal posts are my favorites.

hyperlexia

  1. This is Hyperlexia

This post is a favorite because it was a turning point for my blog. It was the first time that I mentioned hyperlexia on my blog and it was the post that really helped me to connect with my readers. This post has received more comments, emails, and stories than I could possibly keep track of! The best feedback that I have received has always revolved around this post. Plus, I love reflecting back on my son’s incredible mind!

Why I use Math to Connect to My Son

  1. Why I Use Math to Connect with My Son 

I was nervous to hit publish on this post simply because I got quite emotional while writing it. I just think this post speaks for itself.

Edible Sludge Sensory Play

  1. Edible Sludge Sensory Play

I absolutely adore the photos in this post so that’s why it’s a favorite! It was around this time that I started to really get a good grasp on how to use my DSLR camera to take amazing photos. As a result, my blog started to explode after sharing this post because my photography was more consistent and beautiful, which really helped to pull in new readers from places like Pinterest.

When people visit your blog, what do you hope they’ll take away from the experience?

My hope is that people find an activity or suggestion that helps their kids learn and grow. And for those who read my hyperlexia and autism posts, it is my hope that I can give them hands-on strategies and ideas to try with their children.

Now it’s time to share your geeky side with us…after all, we are Geek Club Books!

Book you couldn’t put down until you finished it: The entire Harry Potter Series and The Hobbit

Hidden geekish pleasure: Playing Pokemon cards

Favorite technology: I love video games, especially old Super Nintendo games!

Thank you Dyan! May you blog long so we can prosper 😉

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Images courtesy of And Next Comes L

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About Jodi Murphy

I am the founder of Geek Club Books, autism storytelling through mobile apps for awareness, acceptance and understanding. My mission is to use the art of storytelling and technology to entertain and educate for the social good. I am a 'positive' autism advocate, mother of an awesome adult on the autism spectrum, lifestyle journalist, and marketing specialist.

Comments

  1. My brother is autistic and is (was?) hyperlexic. One day, when he was 2, he went to the computer to type in Microsoft word (his favorite thing at the time) and started typing words- Elmo, Triangle, things from the episode of sesame street he’d watched earlier. He moved to writing on the walls, all sorts of words. Once he got a permanent marker during naptime and wrote “No Nap” all over. In preschool his special ed teacher thought it was fascinating that this little kid could read, thankfully his regular ed teacher was less fascinated and more interested in helping him learn developmentally appropriate things, rather than do tricks.

    He’s 11 now, in an inclusion (regular ed with support) classroom, and doing fairly well. He struggles with non literal language. Some doctors would consider him quirky, rather than autistic, at this point.

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