Transition is HARD!!

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…)

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Sensory Water Bag

Just in case you didn’t know, Pinterest is an addictive creative site for anyone! A while back I found this idea for a sensory water bag. I showed it to Melanie’s speech therapist last week and she said let’s do it!

During Melanie’s therapy session today with her speech and occupational therapist, we put together the sensory water bag! You will need:

  • thick, clear plastic tarp (like painters tarp)
  • duct tape
  • water
  • food coloring
  • small cheap toys: balls, animals, shiny necklaces, glitter (if you are brave) (more…)

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I confess…I have playground anxieties

Yes, it has taken me a while to openly admit my anxiety and to deal with this daily fear I have. I feel being open while sharing this with everyone, it could possibly help other parents going through a similar situation and myself to get through this spring and summer.

Getting ready for Michaela's 3rd Birthday party

The back story on why I have this anxiety:

It was Michaela’s 3rd birthday party. We invited Michaela’s preschool class to the local park which turned out to be a very HOT day. Michaela was into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at the time so we got a bunch of Mickey Mouse party decorations; cups, plates, napkins, table cloths, balloons you get the idea. The plan was to give the children the homemade ice cream cone cupcakes and drinks first, then let the children go to the playground to run off the sugar high before they go home. Brilliant right? (more…)

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It’s amazing to see what can happen in a year

It hit me yesterday that Melanie has been in First Steps (early intervention) for over a year now! I was chatting with her therapist this week reflecting back on how much Melanie has been improving since last February.

When Melanie started First Steps she received speech and occupational therapy.  We went through 2 different speech therapist (one moved away and the other was a substitute.) Indiana First Steps several months before Melanie started receiving therapy was going through some changes in their policy.  All Melanie’s therapist are from the same agency (which I like) so their is more accountability among the therapist. (more…)

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Another diagnosis for our journey with the girls

We finally had Melanie’s developmental pediatrician appointment on Thursday morning. I was a ball of nerves leading up to the appointment. I know going through the process before has helped me a little bit but it doesn’t change the fact about me being nervous to hear those words again.

I got up really early Thursday morning because I couldn’t sleep. When I got ready it was time to wake up the girls which went easier than I expected. Chris took Michaela in his car (since he had to go to work after the appointment) to meet with our associate minster from church who took care of Michaela during the appointment. This way Chris could go to the appointment! What a HUGE relief! I went ahead and took Melanie with me so we can arrive to the appointment early to figure out where we were going and where to register. (more…)

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