Fireworks, Power Outage, Smoke Alarms, and a Swollen Eye

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. All the kids were just settling in for bed the night before last night when the booming of fireworks launched them all out of their beds and instantly to the windows to watch. When there are fireworks locally we can usually get a good view from one side of the house or the other. When the fireworks were over, we started the bedtime routine again. Like it wasn’t fun enough the first time (oh no, I didn’t just say that). All the kids were settled once again, in their beds, when everything suddenly …

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My Big Boy Turns 12 Today

I went to bed early last night and woke at a crazy hour this morning. I was trying to figure out why I couldn’t sleep (besides the twins crawling into bed and sleeping on my head) and I wonder if it is because I am deeply thinking about my big boy turning 12 today. I can’t imagine where the last 12 years have gone! This is our boy who: was born 2 weeks early even though the doc was sure he would be two weeks late crawled at 4 months couldn’t hold his head up on his own until after …

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Lapbooking And Special Needs

Way back when we had preschoolers before, we explored lapbooks and had loads of fun. Now that we have preschoolers again, I started exploring lapbooks again recently and decided to give it a try with all the kids. (More on those lapbooks in another post). I had been wanting to explore things that would be more fun and incorporate the different learning styles of all the kids. I thought the big kids might be ready for notebooking, but there is still too much writing, so I opted to try the lapbooks again. My kids absorb information from videos, books, and through …

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When Math Isn’t Working

When math isn’t working, what do you do? Well, I go looking for something different. Elisha is 11 and he has Autism and ADHD. He has a brilliant mind, but one of the main things he struggles with is putting pen to paper. Well, that and self-motivation for things that don’t interest him. We thought we would eliminate that by getting Teaching Textbooks for him. We put it on a used laptop that we purchased specifically for that purpse. We discovered that the laptop was in the process of dying so we tried to do a save and transfer of …

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The Sensory Show

The Sensory Show is hosted by an Occupational Therapist whose mission is to educate everyone about sensory processing disorder in a down to earth way. She has created 50 podcasts over the last 2 years on a variety of related topics. The Sensory Show

The Journey In Our Hearts

I would like to introduce my guest poster for today. Her name is Robin. She blogs over at Adventures of Arbor Creek and can also be found on twitter @arborcreek3. When I saw sunflowermommie was looking for writers to feature articles for ADHD Awareness Week, I felt an overwhelming sense of comfort. This is a matter that is near and dear to my heart, and something that is a reality for our family. My husband and I adopted our daughter (who I will refer to as “Bip”) at the age of three. At that time, we were told she had …

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ADHD Awareness Week

Did you know that this week is ADHD Awareness Week? I just recently discovered that September 13-17, 2010 is ADHD Awareness Week. I have a child with ADHD (he was diagnosed right before his Kindergarten year), so this is significant for me. If you have a child with ADHD or you are wanting to know more about ADHD, then check out these resources. ADHD Awareness 2010 CHADD ADD ADDitude Magazine Do you have a child with ADHD? Do you have any resources that you would like to share?

The Bridge That Elisha Built

Elisha has been meeting with his OT fairly regularly for the past year. Since the fall, when our van broke down, she has been coming to our house. Our house is loud, we have five kids. While Elisha has been working on strengthening his fine motor abilities, he also has been learning to working through frustrations and follow a sequence of instructions. During each visit he has been tackling a project that requires him to work step by step. I am amazed at how much progress we made this past year. I should have been taking pictures of all the …

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