Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Time...Time to go camping

Wow!  I cannot believe that school is already going to be out for the summer this week!  Time flies.  If you haven't already done so, it is also time to think about summer camps for the kiddos.  There are so many to pick from that it can be difficult to choose.  There are day camps and overnight camps, there are camps for drama, singing, dancing, sports, art, science, math, and writing just to name a few.  I have one child who would sign up for everything if she could and the other one, he is not quite sure.  There is a girl scout day camp nearby that also accepts boys if the mom volunteers.  So, I am volunteering at this camp next week so that both of my kids can participate.  It will be fun!  Also, my daughter is signed up for at least one drama camp, a writing camp, a mythology camp, and a math camp.  (We told her that if she took math camp, we would let her take the writing one.)  The educational camps are held at a local university and are half a day each.  My son is going to the girl scout camp with us and we will probably sign him up for a space day camp and swimming lessons as well.  School is going to be out, but they will be busier than ever!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Very Special Mind

My son, (let's call him "John"), has a very special mind.  We noticed that he had trouble counting and recognizing letters of the alphabet at about the age of 4.  He has been in tutoring for reading for a couple of years now.  John is now 7.  He has been through kindergarten twice and will be entering first grade in the fall.  The other day, we went to a place called The Snoball Hut.  John looked up at the sign and said, "Mom, they forgot a "W"!  This might not sound like an enlightening moment to some...except, we are having a difficult time getting him to read!  This child does not enjoy reading much, but was able to correct what he thought was a misspelled word.  The other thing that I noticed about John is that he could do simple addition and subtraction before he could count much higher than 10.  Especially if Star Wars characters were involved in the word problems that we made up.  Now if we could only figure out what is going on in his very special mind!!

Friday, May 20, 2011


Recently, we have tried to add calories to my daughter's diet.  Yes, she is a picky eater.  A lot of people will say, just make her eat what you cook.  This child has actually lost weight in the past year when she should be gaining for sure.  We have tried Pediasure and it seems to be working.  She is also going to eating therapy (along with Sensory therapy).  Here is the link for the product website:  http://abbottnutrition.com/products/pediasure  There are several flavors including vanilla, banana, strawberry, and chocolate.  Each morning, along with breakfast, Emma drinks her Pediasure and will even remind us if she has not had it that day.  Kroger's has coupons that you can load on to your Kroger card.  They are usually good for $2 off.  Happy eating!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Children With Special Needs

I would like to share an article that I read recently in Newsweek.  It really helps other people understand what a parent with a special needs child feels and goes through.  Here is the link:  http://www.newsweek.com/2011/04/10/the-child-you-didn-t-dream-of.html  Priscilla Gilman does an excellent job of sharing the world of her son Benjamin.   She goes from the sadness at finding out what is going on with her son to the realization that her life is enriched because of his uniqueness.  He adds joy to her life as my children add joy to mine.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Too many socks

My daughter, (let's call her Emma) goes through upwards of 40 pair of socks a week.  No, she does not change them all of the time, she wears 3+ pair at a time.  She wants her shoes to be as tight as possible and sometimes, the circulation seems to be cut off on her feet.  This morning, she told me that the sock inventory in her sock drawer was running low.  Does anyone else out there wash 40 pair of socks for one child in a week?  This same child will wear flip-flops with no problem.  This will be ok in the summer when school is not in session, but flip flops are not allowed at school.   Luckily, there is a children's therapy center very close by that specializes in sensory issues.  We started Emma in therapy about a month ago but she does not want anyone to know about it.  Yes, therapy has a stigma as early as elementary school.  Why is it that you can go to the doctor for about any other reason without a stigma but if your little body is crying out for sensory help, you do not want anyone to know about it?  I have honored Emma's wishes and I have not told anyone, not even her teacher. 

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