Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Neither did I till Friday, and I have two kids affected by it!!!
So here is an excerpt from a flyer from our therapist:
As you can see from the lists and my comments, it is a BIG factor in our house. I am so very thankful that I was directed to search this out this summer and that we are presently finding such help from occupational therapy!!
You can also see why it took us so long to pinpoint the issues. They can be kind of vague and everyday struggles. Add to that, bringing home older kids from another culture, health issues, no education to speak of, no child training to speak of, language barrier.......it goes on and on. I dealt with some guilt originally that I had waited 3 1/2 years to address this issue, but we really had no idea that there were issues stemming to anything other than delays and adoption issues. So I no longer feel guilt, just thankfulness, that things are going smoother, sure, but more importantly that both Caleb and Hannah can overcome this, not just learn to cope!!
So there is my plug for National Sensory Awareness Month!!!! Here is to hoping that my little post will help someone else in their walk down this path!!
1) She is working on fine motor skills, manipulating that piece in her fingers.
2) She is working on visual discrimination, with colors, shapes and sizes.
3) She is working on reasoning skills, straight pieces on the sides and colors together.
4) She is using her listening skills to listen to directions when she gets stuck.
5) She is working on focus and patience, as this will take a while for her.
The end result is one beaming little girl with her proud papa!!!
This is one of the things I love about homeschooling. We
can do whatever works for us in each new situation.
With my older children I did not include puzzle making as part of their curriculum, because they loved it and did it naturally. Hannah this is added in about once a week as part of her school, because it is hard for her, she will not do it naturally. But she is getting better all the time and she picked this harder puzzle today and did it all by herself.
We are so very proud of how far she has come!! It is not a matter of whether she can meet some standards out of a book, but whether she is progressing at her very own pace!!!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The kids, and sometimes the dog, play tackle, on top of Dad!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Here are some pictures of one of our OT games we are working on.
Both kids struggle with grip, due to trouble 'feeling' things in their hands. Caleb compensates by grasping his pencil really hard and going through lots of lead in one sitting. His had also gets very tired from gripping so tightly. Hannah on the opposite side, does not grip tight enough (I posted a little on this a while back). She holds the pencil so loosely that she has a hard time controlling it, hence a very difficult time writing. Both kids hate coloring and drawing and will only do it when I tell them to, it is just too much work for them.
So here you see Caleb using a zoo stick to pick up squishy worms and place them in a cup. If he presses too hard the worm will actually slip right out!! He is learning correct pressure and the 'feel' of the object in his hand.
And here is Hannah with her beautiful new hair style that she chose all by herself!!!
Here Hannah is doing the same task with the worms and frogs. For her this takes lots of concentration! She must maneuver it around the bug and then grasp it tight enough to hold on to. She drops lots of them, but she thinks it is tremendous fun and will just keep at it for a long time. She does not even realize she is working!!! You gotta love that part.
I will hopefully just keep the ideas coming. Please leave me a comment if you are finding this helpful.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
So I thought I would give you a quick idea of what we did to help him focus before starting school. First he swept the floor---get the pouting out---using big muscle work.
He then did the windmills I talked about yesterday.
He then crawled on the floor like a bear and a crab with weights in his hands.
Then he acted like an elephant with a big heavy weight ball at the end of his trunk!!
15 BIG jumps on the floor.
Now all of this (except sweeping) he sees as lots of fun.....but it is putting pressure on his joints, using big muscles and pumping his lungs. All this helps him to focus, to sense himself and help him regulate. And it works!!!!
I will add more big movement things we have tried tomorrow, but right now it is time to hit the sac!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
She then transfers the piece to her right hand and inserts it into the hole in the cup. They have both been working on keeping their hands off the floor, they want to use them to stabilize themselves as they turn, but it is better if they do not do that.
Both kids think this is great fun, and I keep it put up, so it is special. I have seen a marked improvement in only two weeks of doing this at home.
Another thing we have added to our morning hard work/big muscle work (which I will post more on later) is "windmills". You know the exercise we did when we were kids where you stand with your feet apart and your hands out, then you put your right hand on your left foot, then up and reverse it. This was really stretching for Caleb this morning. It also works on core strength, which lots of kids with sensory issues struggle with too.
In answer to the question, "Who drives a car with lights and a siren?"
---"A cave man"
In answer to what is this a picture of (a can, like a soda can)
---"A cana" (which is a combination of the words can and soda, part of auditory processing)
In answer to "I spy something on the table that came from a tree" (acorns)
In answer to what is the opposite of cold
So when we came to "What color are lots of barns, apples and fire engines?"----I decided we better leave well enough alone!!!
And there you have a little picture into the mind of a child that see the world VERY differently.
Monday, October 19, 2009
They were the 8th race of the day on the same course that does basically 3 similar loops!!
(Yes, it was very slick and very muddy
Monday, October 12, 2009
It was good to catch up on all the goings on and meeting Carissa, who is home from Argentina.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
We have so many people say, "You look too young to be married for 24 years!"
Well all I can say is "Thanks!"
I am blessed to have known my sweet husband since I was 13 years old!
I received my first kiss from him on my 16th birthday!
And a year later we were married!
I am so thankful to have spent so many wonderful years in blessed companionship with my best friend and I thank the Lord everyday for him!!!
Our children blessed us with family time.... in the form of this new backyard fire pit!
So it was s'mores all around last night including Grandma--we missed you Danielle!
Here Erinn's friend Marshall, Caleb, Erinn and Drew are actually putting it together for us!!
Friday, October 9, 2009
I finally set up an appointment with the doctors on Monday. Need to have confirmation that my self diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is correct. I am fairly sure it is what is going on, but the pain levels are not really settling down like they should with all the self treatment. So we are praying for some big relief this weekend or we will just get it x-rayed to make sure.
Off to get dinner ready for one of David's out of town running buddies and his daughter, then maybe off to softball tonight with the little ones.
I so plan to have Caleb read this article. With his African roots and love of science it should be a hit. And maybe, just maybe, it will help him DESIRE to learn also!
I believe in BIG DREAMS!! LOL!
Smile and happy reading!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
And the man who lights up may days---and encourages me when I can barely walk!!
You should have seen how gentle he was is helping me get across the street to the restaurant--on the day after a marathon, movement is hard and stairs are just about impossible!
But it is a good---bad feeling!! If that makes any sense!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thanks David for being such a great support to me!
Thanks to all those who yelled and encouraged me along the way!
And thanks to Sandi and David, Heather, Faye, Mom and Dad, The Hill Family, Darryl and Becky, Joy, Danielle, David, and Grandma for sponsoring me in this endeavor!
We raised $565 for Sarah's Covenant Homes!!!!!