Well, there’s snow on the ground. That means two little girls are itching to play in it. So here we go…
The following is a tale of epic proportions – the accounting of a brave couple for which they made the intentional decision to pack their 4-year-old and 7-year-old into a minivan and travel millions of miles (OK… hundreds… but it didn’t feel that way) to visit family in a mysterious land far, far away… Oklahoma.
It cannot be said for certain if this story is true or the creative ranting of a man trying to make sense of reality through the practice of fictitious storytelling, but perhaps you will find your own truth in the text that follows… the truth is out there…. (Fox, don’t sue me…)
The definition of transition: movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
It doesn’t matter if you are a child or an adult, transition is hard for everyone. Especially for those who are extra sensitive to change. Most special needs families are well aware when your child turns 3 years old a huge transition occurs.
For example, your child can receive early intervention (which is state funded) from birth to 3 years old. Soon as your child turns 3 years old the world opens up to many opportunities and tough decisions. Do you want to have your child evaluated by the school district to see if they qualify for special education or go the private therapy route (if you have the money)? As parents, we want what’s best for our children to provide the best services we can to help them succeed and grow. (more…)
I can’t believe it is almost Mother’s Day. Does anyone else feel like it was just Christmas?!! This year is just flying by for me.
Michaela has been telling a lot of stories to Chris and I. It’s fascinating to take a look in to her world to see how she views everything and to make sense of it. Lately, Michaela has been obsessing about going to the doctor, hospital and getting shots. Every little boo-boo Michaela wants to go to the hospital. I asked Michaela if she remembers when she has been to the hospital (1 1/2 years old for throwing up blood and 3 years old when she got hit in the head with a handicap swing.) Thankfully, Michaela only remembered going to the hospital when she was 3 years old and not when she was 1 1/2 years old. (more…)
I was given the opportunity 2 weeks ago to write a devotional for autism awareness month on DisciplesNet Church which is an online church community for those who are unable to go to church. Most special needs families have a difficult time going to church and some do not even feel welcomed in church. Plus all the sensory difficulties that can happen with smells, noises, numerous church members, distracting decorations, and different surroundings is very overwhelming for children with autism. DisciplesNet Church is another resource special needs families can use to stay connect at home on their faith journey. They can go to DisciplesNet Church anytime of the day and it will always be their for additional support. (more…)