Adventures in Communication

I hope to share more formally about our adventures in communication with June, specifically the use of American Sign Language, verbal speech development, and her assistive communication device. However, for a few months I've been savoring some much needed rest and protecting a "margin" against over-busy-ness in my life and that of the kids, which … Continue reading Adventures in Communication

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An Election Conversation With My Kids

One week ago, the kids and I ventured out to the polls for early voting.  The "big kids" (my 5-year-old, Rowan and my 3-year-old, June) had decided who they would vote for, hypothetically, by watching snippets of the debates.  This was our pre-voting conversation- June contributing in ASL. Me: OK, guys, let's go vote! June: I'm … Continue reading An Election Conversation With My Kids

Our Homeschool Curriculum, 2016-2017

Our post on this year's curriculum choices is so belated that most homeschool bloggers are writing about how their first 6 or 9 weeks went. So I'll just roll that info in here, too. Last year, our approach was so informal that I put quotes around "homeschool curriculum" in the post title.  Last year went wonderfully- … Continue reading Our Homeschool Curriculum, 2016-2017

Special Needs Family Outings: What Didn’t Work (for us) Part 2 of 2

Today we conclude the special needs family outings series with the second part of the discussion on what did not work so well for us (see part 1 here).  Here we'll share difficulties we encountered during two of the most challenging travel situations we have faced: flying and handling a medical emergency away from home. … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings: What Didn’t Work (for us) Part 2 of 2

Special Needs Family Outings- What Didn’t Work (for us), Part 1 of 2

We conclude our special needs family outings series with a discussion of what did not work so well for us when traveling.  I've divided the post into two parts, the first being an assortment of issues/examples and the second will cover difficulties we had while flying and handling a medical emergency away from home. We try mightily with … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings- What Didn’t Work (for us), Part 1 of 2

Special Needs Family Outings: What Worked (for us)

We will end the special needs family outing series with two fun posts: what worked for us when travelling near and far, and what didn't.  I am excited to share this because as I mentioned in the first series post, we've done a lot of adventuring this summer! Here are a few of our travel … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings: What Worked (for us)

Special Needs Outings: Misunderstandings and Judgments

This series focuses on special needs family outings: what goes into the decision and what comes out of it.  The last post featured two mall outing opportunities that appear identical, but are actually on opposite ends of the spectrum when viewed from a risk assessment perspective.  Consequently, one invite was accepted and one was declined, which would be puzzling to … Continue reading Special Needs Outings: Misunderstandings and Judgments

Special Needs Family Outings: Decision Making

Today we continue the series on special needs family outings, including vacations, day trips, or even simple play dates.  Special needs families have extra considerations when planning an outing, and people outside of the family are often unaware of what those extra considerations are, or even of the fact that they exist.  Without this information, outsiders … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings: Decision Making

Special Needs Family Outings: Boldly go. Or not.

For many people, summer is a time to escape the house to see friends, explore nature, visit local attractions and travel near and far.  Planning these outings is a worthwhile but complex undertaking for any family.  But having a child with special needs adds several more considerations to the decision making process.  Our family has been fortunate … Continue reading Special Needs Family Outings: Boldly go. Or not.

Special Needs Record Keeping

Parents of medically complex children handle reams of paperwork- that which we review, sign, and much of it we are given to retain for our records.  It's all part of our secret part-time job.  My rule of thumb for filing vs recycling is that if it can easily be found on the internet or in … Continue reading Special Needs Record Keeping