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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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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Ready. Get set. Go!!!!!!

WOOHOO!!! It’s so nice to have a working laptop again. I really didn’t think I was going to make it without being connected to the world beyond our front door. But I did and I’m ready to get back in touch with everyone! 🙂

While being away we had some new developments with the girls!

I think, I can officially say we had a MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH with Michaela concerning the vacuum. Our past experiences with Michaela and the vacuum have not been good. If we needed to vacuum, Michaela would immediately put her hands over her ears while running to her room, screaming in terror and shaking uncontrollably until the deed was done. (more…)

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Yep, I’m getting nervous

I can’t believe Melanie’s developmental pediatrician appointment is just 2 weeks away, December 1st. I worked so hard to get this appointment starting in April. I waited 2 months to just get the paperwork, then I filled out TONS of paperwork, sending ALL the paperwork back in, waiting for a call about the appointment then learning about the LONG waiting list, and I called once a month checking with the scheduler to see where we were on the waiting list to be called for an appointment. Every time I saw our pediatrician she would ask me if we had an appointment yet. Sigh…so frustrating. (more…)

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