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3 easy steps to create personalized books

Finding​ ​new​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​their​ ​attention​ ​is​ ​always​ ​a​ ​challenge.​ ​​ ​Thankfully​ ​we​ ​can​ ​cycle  through​ ​games,​ ​puzzles,​ ​flashcards,​ ​and​ ​books​ ​every​ ​couple​ ​weeks​ ​and​ ​they​ ​seem​ ​like​ ​new​ ​to  them.​ ​We’ve​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​up​ ​the​ ​rigor​ ​lately​ ​and​ ​give​ ​them​ ​the​ ​next​ ​challenge​ ​in​ ​literacy.​ ​They  have​ ​shelves​ ​and​ ​shelves​ ​of​ ​books​ ​that​ ​they​ ​love​ ​to​ ​read,​ ​but​…

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Health and Wellness

What are Some Great Calming Techniques?

Needing physical input is something that some kids need more than others.  We are finding out more and more that it is a key part of keeping Elijah focused and calm.  Sometimes he just needs a “squeeze” (big bear hug), and other times he needs to roll over the fitness ball or use the weighted blanket.  After talking with his…

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Education

So Many Ways to Learn How to Read…

Every child learns how to read differently, especially those who have Down Syndrome…at least that’s what we’re learning.  We originally focused on word recognition only and did not do a lot with phonics, but Elijah knew his letters so well and phonics seemed like the natural way to help him identify words.  We started introducing the sound of the first…

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Health and Wellness

Can music really make a difference?

Music makes everything better.  That’s what I’ve always felt anyway.  Music is always playing in our house, and it is truly amazing how it affects Payton and Elijah’s moods and lifts their spirits. I knew there were a lot of benefits music has on brain development, but to see it in action is nothing short of amazing.  When Elijah was…

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Health and Wellness

What the heck is proprioceptive input?

We hadn’t had OT concerns for Elijah until I noticed he responded to big hugs and squeezes when he was frustrated and agitated.  I started by just rubbing his feet when he was upset, and I could immediately feel his body relax. I started doing a little research.  I found something called proprioceptive input.  As I read about it, I…

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Education

Finding the “right” way to teach them how to read

We have felt completely overwhelmed at times about finding the right way to teach Elijah how to read.  He worked with a tutor at Gigi’s Playhouse and we were taught some great techniques to use to get him started, but we just weren’t sure how to put it all together.  I was putting random activities together that definitely seemed to…

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Health and Wellness

Could homeopathy be the answer?

I have learned so much over the last year about how to keep my kids healthy, balanced, strong and rested.  We have used supplements and herbs to support their systems, but we didn’t understand the importance of helping the body to find it’s balance and function as it is designed to do.  We started using homeopathy with Payton for teething…

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Health and Wellness

Finding some answers

Have you ever looked back and said, “Wow, now I get why that person has been such an important part of my life”?  Well, we’ve been feeling that way lately about our friends, Jen and Chad Miller.  I worked with Chad for 16 years and grew to know his wife well throughout the years.  He was my “work big brother”…

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Health and Wellness

Incorporating physical therapy at home

Elijah’s physical therapist is working on strengthening his core through all sorts of different, fun activities.  Sitting on a small fitness ball and grabbing items off the floor from either side is one they work on every week.  We wanted to find something both Elijah and Payton could use at home that would be relatively safe (with watchful eyes), fun,…

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