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    OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

    This Alabama Mama saw a need and filled it!

    http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf...d_by_alab.html

    As a mom with special needs kids, I can tell you first hand how daunting it is to run errands... Going to the grocery store -- especially when my kids were really little -- took courage. We had to be fast; I had to plan our route; and I knew we would likely never finish a trip without a screaming fit, meltdown, or a child running away from me. I had to pump myself up to do it. Taking them to the post office? No. Taking them anywhere there weren't ample distractions? No. Taking them anywhere where there were too many distractions? No, no, no!

    Now that my kids are older, it's much easier. But for some parents, their children will either never be able to walk or their children will always need to be safely buckled in, within arms' reach of mom or dad. This cart fills that need. It also enables care givers of senior citizens with mobility or dementia issues to grocery shop. I can't tell you how much this idea moves me (pardon my pun). Target stores will soon be making available across their chain, nationwide.

    As Caroline's mom puts it: "There's not a store that can tell me they don't need this; there's not a store that can tell me they won't benefit from this; there's not a neighborhood where this community [of people in need] does not exist. ... Caroline has never spoken a word. She has never taken a step. But she's changing lives. It doesn't matter what you're born with -- it matters what you do with it."

    Happy Thursday
    Boy Wonder: 12, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
    Joy Bubble: 10, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
    Snuggly Cowboy: 8, Seton and MP Electives
    The Comedian: 4, Seton/MP Pre-K, though she’ll probably zoom through that in a week.

    “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
    ~Pope St John Paul II

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    Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

    "It doesn't matter what you're born with -- it matters what you do with it."



    A rough day or two here. Thanks for this reminder, Anita!

    And a happy Thursday to you.

    Cheryl

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      #3
      Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

      Btw, the "rough" had nothing to do with curriculum. SC 2 is humming along nicely, with SC 3 following not far behind.


      We're just still navigating young adulthood with special needs here. (As it turns out, homeschooling was the easy part!!)

      Having explored local day programs and settling on one for a few hours a week with my daughter, we're touring the sheltered workshop next as a possibility for my son. That will be interesting.

      However, ... if anyone would like to open a beautifully classical Christian school for young adults with special needs (in Missouri), please let me know!

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        Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

        Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
        Btw, the "rough" had nothing to do with curriculum. SC 2 is humming along nicely, with SC 3 following not far behind.


        We're just still navigating young adulthood with special needs here. (As it turns out, homeschooling was the easy part!!)

        Having explored local day programs and settling on one for a few hours a week with my daughter, we're touring the sheltered workshop next as a possibility for my son. That will be interesting.

        However, ... if anyone would like to open a beautifully classical Christian school for young adults with special needs (in Missouri), please let me know!
        Lol! I figured, but didn't want to pry. FWIW, I'm slightly dreading puberty around here. (Clenching teeth) It'll be fine -- breathe in, breathe out. (That's for you AND me!) But, just like grocery shopping when the kids were little, this too, shall pass... It just doesn't feel that way in the moment *chuckle* Nothing worth having is ever easy.
        Boy Wonder: 12, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
        Joy Bubble: 10, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
        Snuggly Cowboy: 8, Seton and MP Electives
        The Comedian: 4, Seton/MP Pre-K, though she’ll probably zoom through that in a week.

        “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
        ~Pope St John Paul II

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          Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

          Ahem. Look in a mirror, my friend. You could easily get this started while writing curriculum, answering forum posts, etc. You are Super Woman!

          I hope tomorrow is better!

          Tanya

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            Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

            Originally posted by tanya View Post
            Ahem. Look in a mirror, my friend. You could easily get this started while writing curriculum, answering forum posts, etc. You are Super Woman!

            I hope tomorrow is better!

            Tanya
            What Tanya said And, hey, they're making margaritas over in K-8 in the Sodalitas thread. That might be worth a try. (Laughter? Yes? Anything for a laugh. Have you seen the horse video? Dianna and I are big fans... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YBkmefllgiE)
            Boy Wonder: 12, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
            Joy Bubble: 10, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
            Snuggly Cowboy: 8, Seton and MP Electives
            The Comedian: 4, Seton/MP Pre-K, though she’ll probably zoom through that in a week.

            “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
            ~Pope St John Paul II

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              Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

              Originally posted by tanya View Post
              Ahem. Look in a mirror, my friend. You could easily get this started ....

              Tanya

              Thanks, Tanya. We really do need to do something for young adults with special needs. I see the need more glaringly than ever, as my children approach age 21! Something inspiring, edifying, and mentally engaging.

              Maybe a "post-schooling" curriculum (unless someone thinks of a better name) ....


              In the meantime, my young adults serve where they are able. Tuesday they both volunteered in our local nursing home. She arranged flowers; he chatted with older gentlemen. And they helped serve snacks. They were both beaming when they left.

              Last night my son ushered during the Lenten service in our small congregation.

              Tomorrow we plan to visit their grandpa in the hospital. I know they'll want to pray for and with him.

              Much to be thankful for --

              Thanks, ladies.

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                Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

                Originally posted by Anita View Post
                What Tanya said And, hey, they're making margaritas over in K-8 in the Sodalitas thread. That might be worth a try. (Laughter? Yes? Anything for a laugh. Have you seen the horse video? Dianna and I are big fans... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YBkmefllgiE)
                KNow what makes me laugh more than horses? Dancing owls.
                Plans for 2020-21

                Year 10 of homeschooling with MP

                DD1 - 25 - Small Business owner with a STOREFRONT
                DD2 - 14 - 9th grade - HLS Cottage School/MPOA - equestrian
                DS3 - 12 - 5A Cottage School - soccer
                DS4 - 12 - 5A Cottage School -soccer
                DD5 - 8 - 3A, Cottage School -equestrian and Irish dance
                DS6 - 6 - MP K - home with Momma

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                  Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

                  Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
                  KNow what makes me laugh more than horses? Dancing owls.
                  Thanks to you and my three-year-old, I now have reggae wedged in my brain for the rest of the day.

                  Friday pick-me-up: Ultimate Wile E Coyote cat fail -- I don't ever not laugh. And I've seen it 152 times.
                  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Awf45u6zrP0

                  And this is for Tanya:
                  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tbSpAsJSZPc

                  Go get em Supers! You got this!
                  Boy Wonder: 12, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
                  Joy Bubble: 10, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
                  Snuggly Cowboy: 8, Seton and MP Electives
                  The Comedian: 4, Seton/MP Pre-K, though she’ll probably zoom through that in a week.

                  “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                  ~Pope St John Paul II

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                    #10
                    Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

                    One more update for the day, this time on navigating an adult child's days.

                    After speaking at length with my daughter's doctor and with the director of the adult day program, we now have the following key components firmly in place:


                    Sundays
                    She sings in the church choir, participates in adult Bible study, and plays tone chimes for festival days. I love this.

                    Schooling
                    She continues her Latin, voice, and Iliad lessons at home. This is essential. We're in FFL now. I allowed her to watch the FFL DVD to review the other day. It was her first time. I heard snorts of laughter. The telling comment: “He's funny and engaging. He's very intelligent and doesn't need to change his clothes every lesson.” (Likely a reference to a Great Courses DVD in which the teacher “became” a different costumed character from history.) This First Form Latin teacher made quite an impression!

                    Exercising
                    She continues exercising daily with a white-board-posted routine for cardio, strength, flexibility.

                    Serving
                    She still volunteers weekly at the nursing home. She has been doing this for a few years now. She has learned to arrange flowers donated by the local grocery store. Then she places them in small vases and delivers them with her unique cheer to the residents. She is also getting very good at helping with Bingo. Not long ago, one of the ladies insisted on giving Michelle half the winnings (50 cents!).


                    Socializing
                    She attends the Christian adult day program, but only for a few hours at a time now. The staff is willing to help enrich those hours. When I asked, “What was your favorite part about the day today?,” she said, “We classified animals: birds, fish, ...” Great to hear. They are also playing Scrabble, cards, and Yahtzee as leisure activities with the higher-functioning clients.


                    More Serving ...
                    The director of her adult day program has also encouraged my daughter to be more like the staff when needed, so she feels more empowered with the nonverbal clients. As she climbed into the car, I asked, “How did things go today?” “Great! I told (x) to stop banging his head. And he did!”

                    She paused and added, “And when I saw that (xx) was feeling a little sick, I made a poem for him. I entitled it Remembrance."

                    The Little Things
                    "Oh, and we had baked chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans. It was a good day.”


                    Relieved to have such immediate changes -- thanks for the encouraging words, flipping horses, and dancing owls while I waited!


                    When we all ask for a little bit more for our children with special needs, regardless of the setting, it makes a difference.

                    Cheryl

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                      Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

                      You just made me laugh and grin a mile wide! So good to hear things are rounding out. It sounds like you have things well in hand. (It makes me wonder why you were stressed to begin with, though -- I presume all these activities have not materialized overnight...?) Regardless, listen: the world needs your children. They may not be able to serve in the capacity that many "typical" people can, but I honestly believe that is why they *want* to. They want to give ALL of what they have, not what costs them the least. And since they have rare perspective, they can serve where others can't -- or where many fear to tread. (Like secret ninjas or a SEAL team -- I'm not kidding! How many years would it take to train people to serve where your children just "fit"? I realize it's taken almost 21 years of "training" to get them ready, but you know what I mean.)

                      Winston does this, too. He was our "Eucharistic Ambassador" at Mass from the time he could stand up and smile. When parishioners would come down front for reception of Holy Communion, he would stand at the end of our pew and shake hands with each person or "five" them. You should have seen the joy on people's faces (he might have been two years old...?) They used to get a little sad if they couldn't get their handshake. He is now the "Official Door Opener" for students coming into our Taekwondo studio each class. He watches and waits for people coming from their cars to the front door or vice-versa. We never asked him to do any of this. And "typical" kids aren't lining up to do it (not that I've ever seen). He couldn't talk back then, but he could smile and serve. He can't communicate very well now, but he can smile and serve. All are done out of love -- something special needs children seem to have a greater awareness of since so few "filters" separate them from what and whom they love. Propriety is less of a concern (sometimes for good *and* ill, right? The previous posts in this thread visit that sentiment -- grocery shopping with special needs toddlers... Oyyyyyyyy)

                      But all of this reminds me of three stories:
                      The widow's mite
                      The mustard seed
                      And the loaves and the fishes

                      The widow gave *everything* she had -- even though it was "nothing"; the faith of a mustard seed (you've seen one -- teeeeeny tiny) moves mountains and grows into a plant so large birds nest in it and people rest in its shade; and a little boy's lunch was enough for Jesus to feed thousands of people. It's not what you're born with, it's what you do with it
                      Boy Wonder: 12, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
                      Joy Bubble: 10, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
                      Snuggly Cowboy: 8, Seton and MP Electives
                      The Comedian: 4, Seton/MP Pre-K, though she’ll probably zoom through that in a week.

                      “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                      ~Pope St John Paul II

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                        #12
                        Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

                        Thanks, Anita.

                        Regarding this - (It makes me wonder why you were stressed to begin with, though -- I presume all these activities have not materialized overnight...?) - yes, exactly. Part of my concern was that the program usually requires full days. (Many clients attend M-F 8-3!) They say a full day is best for the client and the caregiver. But even one day 8-3 is too much for someone with such strong sensory issues. And I did not want her to give up the other good things she enjoys! (Today she sang along pensively to Lingua Angelica in her room. We love good "downtime.")

                        So ... with the doctor's expert guidance and the director's great flexibility, we created a much lighter schedule of participation for her. She's happy, and I'm happy for her!

                        My son, too, has new plans. All good.

                        It feels very similar to those early preschool years. (To enroll or not enroll?) Much to navigate in young adulthood, but all is made much easier with a strong, willing "team" in place. This, too, took time to assemble as we moved from pediatrics to adulthood. Thankful to see everything coming together for them.


                        Keep nurturing and teaching those "young'uns" to keep their minds strong and their souls courageous.

                        Thanks-
                        Cheryl


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                          #13
                          Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

                          Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
                          Part of my concern was that the program usually requires full days. (Many clients attend M-F 8-3!) They say a full day is best for the client and the caregiver. But even one day 8-3 is too much for someone with such strong sensory issues. And I did not want her to give up the other good things she enjoys! (Today she sang along pensively to Lingua Angelica in her room. We love good "downtime.")

                          It feels very similar to those early preschool years. (To enroll or not enroll?) Much to navigate...
                          So glad this has come together for everyone! Good for you for advocating and anticipating their needs. Good job, mom

                          Yes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Winston needed a nap every day until he was a little over six years old. It's not that he doesn't sleep well at night -- he does! He averages a 10-11 hours a night, even now. But he has such a monumental challenge processing the world that even now when he doesn't need a "nap" he always has "quiet time" every single day. If he doesn't get it, things go awry for everyone. (The fancy term for this, I believe, is "self-regulation".)

                          My daughter also needs it; my 3 yo still needs to actually sleep; and (chuckle) *I* need it. It's an essential part of our day. So putting them in "school" -- of any kind -- would have been a nightmare. They need rest -- even if they're not actually sleeping. They need time to process and decompress. This is not available in most mainstream schools or program-type options. Two hours is our max for doing almost anything -- grocery shopping, errands, dinners out, big events. (School we can actually do for up to five hours, but never longer than that.) Add to this that Winston becomes completely unmanageable when he is hungry? Fuhgeddaboutit.

                          I suspect this will be our "normal" for awhile -- if not indefinitely. It means we get "less done" including school (which is part of why we school year-round). But it also means we accomplish our goals with joy and true achievement. What they learn "sticks" because it's accomplished appropriately, with their needs and limitations in mind. We go a little slower, but we get there! And, like you, when my children are happy and adjusted -- I am happy and adjusted!

                          Happy Thursday (again).
                          Boy Wonder: 12, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
                          Joy Bubble: 10, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
                          Snuggly Cowboy: 8, Seton and MP Electives
                          The Comedian: 4, Seton/MP Pre-K, though she’ll probably zoom through that in a week.

                          “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                          ~Pope St John Paul II

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                            #14
                            Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

                            Originally posted by Anita View Post
                            Thanks to you and my three-year-old, I now have reggae wedged in my brain for the rest of the day.

                            Friday pick-me-up: Ultimate Wile E Coyote cat fail -- I don't ever not laugh. And I've seen it 152 times.
                            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Awf45u6zrP0

                            And this is for Tanya:
                            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tbSpAsJSZPc

                            Go get em Supers! You got this!
                            Ahem.

                            Anita, I'm bringing out the bazookas of funny.

                            I present, Cake Wrecks. You have been warned.
                            Plans for 2020-21

                            Year 10 of homeschooling with MP

                            DD1 - 25 - Small Business owner with a STOREFRONT
                            DD2 - 14 - 9th grade - HLS Cottage School/MPOA - equestrian
                            DS3 - 12 - 5A Cottage School - soccer
                            DS4 - 12 - 5A Cottage School -soccer
                            DD5 - 8 - 3A, Cottage School -equestrian and Irish dance
                            DS6 - 6 - MP K - home with Momma

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                              #15
                              Re: OT: Your Thursday Pick-Me-Up -- Caroline's Cart

                              Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
                              Ahem.

                              Anita, I'm bringing out the bazookas of funny.

                              I present, Cake Wrecks. You have been warned.
                              I looooooooove Cake Wrecks! A classic!
                              Boy Wonder: 12, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
                              Joy Bubble: 10, Seton and MP Electives (Special Needs)
                              Snuggly Cowboy: 8, Seton and MP Electives
                              The Comedian: 4, Seton/MP Pre-K, though she’ll probably zoom through that in a week.

                              “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                              ~Pope St John Paul II

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