Saturday, March 20, 2010
I believe there is one solution for all of these questions - to be positive and supportive. I think some simple advice is fine and much needed sometimes, but once advice is given, we need to leave parents to make the choice that is best for their child and their family.
There is no need to keep pushing them; you have said what you felt led to say. Now it is up to them. Support is what we all need. We face enough negatives everyday from so many different sources that with each other we need to just be there.
No more of the "I'm right and you are wrong" attitudes. No "my treatment is better than your treatment", or "why would you do that? You're crazy!" No "why wouldn't you do this?!"
Know that for every negative thing you experience there are twice as many positives waiting for you, you just have to be looking for them.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
James/Joe- Oh my goodness I have no words, you guys make me laugh more than anyone I have ever known. I miss you like crazy and wish I could see you more often.
What are some of the things that you love?? Serious or Silly, I would love to know.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
I love you little man and can't believe it has been 3 years! You have taught me more than you will ever know or even begin to understand. I thank God every day for allowing me to take care of you while on this earth.
In your 1st 3 years you have reached out and touched the hearts of more people than we even know. I can't wait to see how many more hearts you can touch with your amazing life. You are stronger than any one can see and I can't wait to watch all that you will accomplish!!!
You are awesome and I love you so very much and am more proud of you every single day.
This is the video from Zach's 1st bday, we just have not had time to make another one.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I have made a new commitment though. I want to try my best to give Zach a bath each morning followed by a 30 minute massage. I worked on him a couple of times last week and then again this morning and every time I do it just reminds me how good it is for his little body. His muscles just get so tight and being a therapist I know how good massage is for muscles like his.
I wish I had all kinds of tips to post on what to do and how, but off the top of my head I don't have much right now. We do have an old YouTube video you can check out at http://www.youtube.com/ncharlan#p/u/16/JU8Dlz3O25Q I just want to say how much I dislike myself in this video and hope to do a new one very soon. The night we made this video was not planned and Nathan caught me totally off guard. Sorry if I seem snotty at all; I just didn't want to be on camera that night!
Another question I get a lot is about the heating pad I use in the video. If you are interested you can just follow this link http://www.migunworld.com/healthy_mat.php
This mat has been wonderful for us and was totally worth it. I was lucky to have worked at a Migun store so that is how I found out about them.
Let me know if you have any questions about massage or working with little kiddos. Feel free to ask me anything.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
The conductors are responsible for facilitating education, utilizing concepts of goal directed activity, verbal regulation, and group dynamics.
Zach has been doing Conductive Education now for almost 6 months. We only go once a week to once a month depending on if we have the funds that month or not. Even with the small amount we can afford for him to go we have seen some things that make us so happy and so worth the time and money.
In just the first month of Conductive we started seeing much better trunk control and he has become much more aware of his larger environment. He has also started to understand the idea of potty training, he still does not have the words to let us know he needs to go but every time we put him on the potty he will go. This is something I did not give him enough credit for, I would have never even tried potty training with him because of the lack of communication about it on his part.
I know that this is just the beginning of many things he will surprise me with over the years. I am so excited to see all the things to come that he WILL do, at this point I am just not interested in the things he can't do. I'm sure we will come across things in the future but at this point I say "the negatives can wait, he is only 3. The future will bring what it may but we will tackle it as it comes."