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Photo journaling my special needs journey

Photo journaling is self-expression. It’s how I experience and embrace earth. It’s my journey as a caretaker for someone living with special needs. It’s one way I practice self-awareness. I use it artistic expression and when I craft materials for myself and others. When I update this post, I’ll be sure to let you know, in the newsletter. If you haven’t already, sign...

Home e-filing system so you can toss the paper.

Endless Paper Let’s face it. When you’re a parent of a child with an IEP, you’re bound to get drowned by papers starting at birth. It starts small. Like the discharge papers from the hospital. It was a sweet and sentimental moment for me. Audric was a preemie, so those discharge papers were a big deal. I was finally going to take my baby boy home. We spent nine weeks in the NICU...

4 tips for when you’re out in community and gotta go 🚽 .

What happens if you gotta go when you’re out and about with your special needs child? As his mother, I take Audric into the stall. Leaving him on the other side has ended in different outcomes. He’s wander out. He’s opened my stall door on both sides. Others have seen my don’t-touch-anything-squat. It’s my pilates. Seriously, anything’s possible. Here’s...

Homeschool- Focus on one thing and integrate into it.

We’re in August (2019) already. Wowsa! I sent in my form to renew homeschool for this year, 2019-2020. Here’s what we’re focusing on:Effective communication. I’m using a modified version of Rapid Prompting Method and the LAMP software. Everything else -math, reading, English, social studies, science, technology, art, music, PE, health- will be integrated into it...

How and why I homeschool.

I homeschool. Strangers and people closest to me say, don’t. They say, Audric won’t get socialized. He’s already fully dependent on you. You’re going to burn out. You can’t do it alone. He’s doesn’t learn at home. Then, the questions. Why are you doing this? How are you going to do it? How are you going to live? Are you going to work? These are...

How to talk to someone with an intellectual disability.

People are social beings. People with intellectual disabilities are no different. Speaking is one way of communicating. I speak to Audric, and he signs, uses body language, his words, and the environment to communicate back. When we’re used to one way of communicating, it’s hard to think outside of that bubble, but with special needs, you’ve got to. Or the conversation ends up...

2 ways that make homeschool more fun.

I homeschooled for the first time when Audric was 7. The end of 2nd grade. He was struggling with behaviors. I’m a special education teacher, and he’s a student desperately seeking to be heard and understood like anyone else. My heart wanted to be with Audric. Being home with him 24/7 was hard. I needed help, but how? What kind of help? Maybe I didn’t need help directly, but...

4 ways to practice fine motor skills at home daily

Audric’s hard to engage. He’s not into legos or big bug magnets. I tried these plastic links too. These were great activities, but they didn’t work for us. We needed an activity that linked to a purpose. Occupational therapists will generally suggest starting with gross motor tasks first like putting on clothes. We practice that too. Switching between tasks is good. And finding...

How to use visual schedules to set routine and structure

The visual schedule can be a useful tool to get things done. They come in many different shapes and sizes, literally. There can be one task or many. They give clear and concise communication and can make transitions smoother. They change and adjust to fit you and your child. The key is to not put too many things on your schedule. It can get overwhelming fast. I approach the visual schedule by...

The reality of IEPs and an example of a home activity

How often do you look at the IEP at home? I can count on one hand the times I actually studied the IEP outside the team meeting. It’s a lot to process. In addition to keeping up with the basic needs of your special needs child, you have to do the IEP at home? Hopefully, this will put you at ease. The reality of IEPs is that they’re not meant to be practiced at home. There’s a...