Michaela’s 3rd Grade Project

How can you say “no” when your eight year old asks you to help her with a class project that involves your current line of work? That’s right – you can’t! Michaela was given a project: chose a family member to interview about their memories. Michaela chose her great aunt Deb and wrote all the interview questions herself. She then decided that she wanted to submit the project as a video. So we setup a time when her aunt could come over and daddy would video tape the interview. Michaela learned how to (basically) use Adobe Premiere and “viola!” — a young producer is born! Below is her video – enjoy!

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Back to school!

School SuppliesThe time is upon us: Michaela will be starting 1st grade on Wednesday. Kelli and Michaela bought all the school supplies yesterday before I got home from a work trip to Houston. The first thing I heard about from Michaela when I got into the van at the airport was “Daddy, we got my school supplies!”

She wanted to show me everything when we got home but I was pretty tired from the trip and it was past the girls bedtime by the time we got home from the airport so we waited until this morning to inspect the “booty” from Michaela’s pillage across Target. The second I roused from my recuperative slumber, I was shown all the crayons, pencils, glue, markers… you know – that group of stuff that is so fascinating and oddly fun to purchase. Michaela had to show me everything and explain their respective functions.  (more…)

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An interesting thought…a service dog for Michaela

GoldenHmmmmm…a couple of friends from church have mentioned to Chris and I about the possibility on getting an autism service dog for Michaela. For some reason have no idea why I never thought about it. So we have been doing some research this weekend. First, here is a link to the article from NPR  about service dogs in school and the struggles they face.

http://www.npr.org/2011/05/14/136287114/new-rules-seek-to-educate-schools-on-service-dogs

I also have found a website for Autism Service Dogs. Now, their are a lot of website’s for Autism Service Dogs this is just an example for you to see what we are looking at.

http://autismservicedogsofamerica.com/

So basically, here is how a service dog can help Michaela: (more…)

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