Saturday, April 26, 2008

Saturday Retrospective: Once Upon a Time

For those of you who haven't figured it out, these are pictures of my grandparents.

Friday, April 25, 2008

When it rains, it pours

OK, friend #2, looks like we might be entering the world of special ed and possibly ASD... any of you folk from Massachusetts?

Dark Corners

Ever have a situation you really, really wanted to blog about, but decided not to, because you were afraid that any information you needed to get anything useful from it would endanger the privacy of someone else? I have one of those going on in the background. I have a friend who is having a lot of problems supporting and helping her little one. I love them both dearly, and have been thinking hard of anything that might help, and I'm running out of ideas fast. Normally, I would now take such a problem to you, my very creative, supportive, and intelligent readers, but this isn't my child, and the situation is very delicate.

So instead, unless I get some cue of a green light to put this out there, please just pray hard for my friends. God will know who you mean. Thanks.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Driving in my car

(anything in italics below should be imagined spoken in stero)

"I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one..."
"We're trying to get the school to do a sensory profile for the IEP."
"Oh? What's that?"
"We answer a bunch of questions about how Joey responds to stuff, and the OT determines if there's a problem."
"I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one!"
"I didn't think the school OT did sensory stuff. Something about it not being academically necessary?"
"Apparently they sent her to a workshop or something, and someone told them we ought to be doing this. I think his teacher figured out we were supposed to be doing this. Julie's very keen to have all her kids have one."
"Well, that's good."
"I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one ineedthaoneineedthaoneineedthaoneineedthaoneineedthaoneineedthaoneineedthaoneineedthaone!"
"Yeah, we've been really really happy with Julie and the whole teaching crew this year. He's coming right along."
"I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one I need that one !"
"Except today."
"At least they're in harmony."

Ooo!!! Memememememe!!! (Five Things)

Wow, abfh tagged me for a meme! Woo-hoo!!! It's the Five Things Meme. List five things!

5 things found in your bag:

I do not carry a purse or bag. How boring is that? In the wallet I clip to my belt loop, I have pictures of the boys, addresses of folks from Wee Time and folks who want specific info about autism services here, my bank card, my credit card, and my driver's liscense, And a few other cards.

5 favorite things in your room:

I have the paintings by my grandmother, my favorite photos of my boys, my favorite chair, my printer's drawer (with knick-knacks- like my great-grandmother's miniature plates and sewing kit), and my balsam-stuffed bear. One good hug, and the world smells wonderful.

5 things you have always wanted to do:

I'd like to see Egypt and any number of museums and sites all over the world (I'm an art historian after all), lose weight and keep it off, learn to make pottery, clean my house (no, really), hug my brother.

5 things you are currently into:

Blogging (including I Can Haz Cheezburger?), squishing boys while planning the summer, The Lord of the Rings, getting my garden to rights, genealogy.

5 people you’d like to tag:

Hmmmm... I'd like to tag Maddy at Whitterer on Autism, Niksmom at Maternal Instincts, Stimey at Stimeyland, Evan at Kiribako (and yes, I expect you to this), and Ghkcole at Rooster Calls.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mixed bag

What a day. We started by running up to Lorton and picking up a pair paintings done by my grandmother- absolutely fabulous ones, the paintings look good, though reframed. Andy was a charming little angel at the gallery. Kept his hands to himself, asked cute questions, and spread that grin around generously. What a sugar-pie!

Joey had a great day at school. His afternoon teacher, Mrs. S, even came out when I picked up to tell me how great he did, paying attention and listening, and being able to answer questions about what was read. Another charming gentleman.

So of course they turned into wild freaks for the afternoon.

Actually, I am partly to blame, not keeping good techniques for motivation in mind, being tired myself, and over-scheduling. Joey had speech therapy, and then we had the art show at Andy's school. The boys like nothing better than to run wild while I am trying to talk to Ms. Nikki, and today was no exception. However, "sit down!" is not really a great way to get compliance. I think waiting to give out prizes until AFTER the discussion may be better, or having the prize box handy, until I can get them to calm down themselves. (It's not bribery. It's positive reinforcement.)

Andy did some lovely pieces for the show. The show is a fundraiser for the school, so you pay $15 to get the two pieces your kid made, but they do it up right. He made a bear sculpture, and a sand painting of a spider for the 2-D. They added a little picture of him posing as a French artiste, complete with tam and palette, to the corner of the painting- very cute. Tey also had a silent auction for some photos and scrapbooks of the kids, I put in a bid on a photo of the class that was cute. We'll see- the folks at this school are for the better part that "in-crowd" of wealthy folk, its a popular school and a good one. I'm sure shelling out $50 for a pic of the kid is nothing to a good many of these people. So we'll just see.

Anyhoo, there was a bit of chaos as people crammed in to the classroom to find their kids' work, and it got overwhelming fast. Then we had the grand idea to take them out to pizza for dinner, after they were overwhelmed and wound up. They did OK under the circumstances, though the waitress was clearly eager for us to eat and leave.

I was glad to get my Ms. Frizzles to bed where they can take a breath and get some rest.

Results of the day:

Monday, April 21, 2008

Blogging Against Disablism

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2008
Yes, folks, here it comes! May 1 is Blogging Against Disablism Day. I hope to have lots of nice shiny new posts to link to and refer parents to when they have questions, problems, and as we all learn together to be accepting of our children, and of others generally. Diversity is a wonderful thing. Come plant a flower in the garden, and we'll all grow together.


You might recall from last year that we are having a bit of a problem with the school OT understanding the whole area of sensory integration dysfunction. This year, the school has invested in sensory profile kits or something of the sort, so his teacher suggested we have one done for Joey by us, by both his teachers, and hopefully by our private OT. However, this all has to be done under the auspices of the school OT. It's her province, after all. Her turf. Her kingdom. Lack of training or experience be damned.

So we get it all set up, except the OT needs to be tracked down to sign the paperwork. So of course, instead of just sending the profile home, she has decided she needs to "discuss" it over the phone. At least, that was what the first message said- she wanted to discuss the profiles, and it would take about 15 minutes.

That sounds OK. A profile is an evaluation, and I can understand requirements to explain to parents what the evaluation is and is intended to discover, even if said parent has been through the evaluation process before. I know what a sensory profile is and what it is for, but there are procedures to be followed. Fine.

Communication issues have scuttled the attempts to make phone contact, but I am really, really worried about the phone message today. According to the message, this phone interview will now take 20 minutes, and will consist of yes/no questions. Am I going nuts, or does that sound to anybody else like this lady is going to try to do this over the phone?

I was concerned enough to email her about my confusion, which was probably a mistake, but I don't want to do this over the phone. I want the questionnaire in hand, so my husband and I can properly discuss the questions and provide the most accurate information we have about Joey's reactions and behaviors, and try to get an honest assessment of his sensory needs. I'm not talking about agonizing over every little detail, but certainly a "yes/no" over the phone doesn't seem accurate or appropriate. Or am I just getting the dander up? Perhaps she has other yes/no questions to ask? Besides, the other profiles I did were gradients, not yes/no. Did anybody do one that was yes/no?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Chatty Cathy

So the boys have now gotten into The Magic School Bus. This is good, because Joey was having trouble with science, and this show gives him great visuals to understanding some of the basic concepts.

It was rainy today (hence all the new posts and designs), and the boys were feeling off-kilter, so we watched a lot of Magic School Bus, as well as Oobi, Pixar movies, and various episodes of Little Bear. In other words, we watched way too much TV. But in all that, Joey was talking non-stop all day. Yes, you read that correctly. Non-stop words.

Is it raining? It's raining, Daddy. I think it is raining. Wet. Rain is wet. It is raining. Oobi! I like Oobi. Are you Oobi? I am Oobi. Vroom! I am a car. I am a fast car. I am a red car. I am go this way. I am go potty. I want to go park. Spell park? Spell Park, Daddy? P=A=R=K, park. I like to play in the park. Kitty! Chase the Kitty! Don't chase the kitty, Andy.

At the end of the day, he decided he was Ms. Frizzle. Then Andy decided he wanted to be Ms. Frizzle. So I had two Ms. Frizzles. Of course, Allan and I had to be Liz, partly to show Andy they could both be Ms. Frizzle at the same time, no problem. Joey had me put an M on his chest (for "Ms. Frizzle") and Andy wisely wanted an F (for "Frizzle"), and they zoomed about the room driving the Magic School Bus and being Ms. Frizzle, complete with Joey giving us all her standard lines ("Do your stuff, Bus!" "As I always say..." "To the Bus!" "Fasten your seatbelts, everyone!")

We sent Ms. Frizzles up for bathtime. They are still insisting on being called "Ms. Frizzle." Should make for an interesting story time- the book tonight is The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds.

New Design again

Giggle Break

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