Adapted Card Holders

Adapted Card Holders

Are you the caregiver for a person with little to no fine motor strength? Just because a person is not able to hold a hand of cards doesn’t mean that person should miss out on playing card games! I love these adapted card holder ideas, mostly because they are simple and truly work great! Trust me, we’ve used them at our house for everything from Old Maid and Go Fish to communication cards and medication reminders. The best part? You probably have all you need to make these work without even making a trip to the store. Images linked to...
Special Needs Swimming Tips and Gear

Special Needs Swimming Tips and Gear

Summer’s here and the living is easy  hot! Let’s be honest, there’s just nothing better than cooling off in a pool, lake, or ocean when those temperatures creep up! And for those with special needs, swimming is also a great way to get exercise in a weightless environment as well as much-needed sensory input. So let me share a few things that work for us with Chloe’s unique needs and I’ll share a few other awesome ideas I’ve seen around the internet that might work for your needs! Use a bath chair. Since we already have a bath chair for Chloe’s bathing needs, I love this idea because it didn’t mean spending any more money! Especially since I never know for sure what will and won’t work for Chloe, anything that is cheap or free is definitely preferred! We love using her bath chair at the beach or at pools because it keeps her safe when I have to use my hands for something else, but still lets her feel the water and be included in what everyone else is doing. In a pool, I put her in her bath chair in the shallow end and other kids love to come and play around her. So even though she isn’t actually swimming, she’s participating and having fun in the pool! I also give her beaded necklaces to hold in her hand and she loves to hit those on the water and make a splash. On the beach, this is also great to let her experience the waves rolling in and out. She LOVES it (as you can see below)! I’ve also...
Toys We Love

Toys We Love

I know not all special needs children will want or need the types of toys Chloe loves, but I have been excited about a couple recent finds and wanted to share! This “Mirror Chimeabout” is Chloe’s latest favorite toy! It is reflective, noisy, and easy to spin. She loves to take beads or a keychain and use them to put it in motion and/or make noise. It was pretty expensive for a toy, but for us, it is worth it! This inflatable sensory tray is another hit at our house! I put anything sensory on it and let Chloe go to town. She especially loves things that make a giant mess like water, shaving cream, and rice. The edges come up just enough to keep things from spilling too much and the material doesn’t bother Chloe’s skin. And the price! You cannot beat this price. If you’ve looked up trays like this before, you will flip over the price this is on Amazon. Worth every penny! Another recent hit is this LED animated light show fan. I got this for Chloe to have for entertainment at a recent hospital visit and I was so glad we had it! At night, I’d turn the lights off, clip this on the bed rail, turn it on, and Chloe would go wild. We’ve also used this on evening walks and in her bedroom. It is always a hit! If your child likes visual sensory input, you can’t beat this toy for the price! Chloe fell in love with a bell carousel at a physical therapy session so I ran home to find it...
Dealing With Sharps!

Dealing With Sharps!

Recently in a group I am in on social media a mom who was new to the sharps world asked how she is supposed to expose of her used needles if her red plastic sharps container hadn’t come. She happened to be in my same state and I was like “I know this!” It has been a while but Dylan has had a couple medications administered with a needle in her little lifetime. I told her that in our state it was legal to label, tape closed and toss your sharps in a regular plastic container (she had been collecting them in a milk jug, which is pretty common I believe and exactly what I had used when I needed to.) After I gave her that information I Googled and found out I was wrong! Sort of. Even though I thought I was doing the right thing with my sharps, I wasn’t. You are not supposed to toss them in a CLEAR container, like a milk jug, it should be opaque (think laundry detergent or bleach jug), Whoops! Not only that but you can’t put the red plastic sharps containers in the regular garbage because they are labeled biohazard. In this case it’s not the sharps that are the problem, it’s the container! Oh my word… guilty… wait… (This is me hoping the statute of limitations is up…) Well none of these disposal methods are very convenient, you would think those red containers would be the better option. You can’t get those needles out once they are in there, but if you can’t throw the container away it doesn’t...
Service Monkeys

Service Monkeys

Recently, I saw a man with a service monkey at the airport. Is your jaw on the ground? Because mine was, in amazement! I had to look it up right away and what I learned was amazing! Service Monkeys According to monkeyhelpers.org, “The most obvious difference between capuchin monkeys and other service animals is their dexterous hands and amazing fine motor skills. This enables them to perform tasks such as: turning pages scratching itches retrieving dropped objects inserting straws into bottles turning on buttons/switches for remotes, phones, computers, etc. repositioning limbs on a wheelchair Other differences include: their long life span of 30-40 years small size which allows them to cuddle in their human partner’s lap or nook of their neck monkeys have hair, like humans, which helps to alleviates problems with fur-related allergies Monkeys also have a strong sense of hierarchy which provides the motivation to care for and be cared for by their human partner. Helping Hands trainers and placement staff utilize this natural hierarchy to create a mutually beneficial and nurturing relationship between the monkey and the recipient.” Then I found this video showing a service monkey in action and helping this amazing young man. You have to watch this! Other service animals include miniature horses and pigs. And if you’re wondering, most airlines do let them on planes to serve people with disabilities....
Sibling Troubles? Helpful Tips From Parents!

Sibling Troubles? Helpful Tips From Parents!

We posted a couple weeks ago how you shouldn’t let having a chronically ill or child with special needs hold you back from having more children. Overwhelmingly people who have gone on to have more children are happy that they did and feel like it was the best decision for their family. But, it’s not easy. How do you go about making sure their siblings get as much attention as your more demanding child? It’s easy for mom and dad guilt to creep in, to think that you aren’t doing enough even though you might be. Here are some ideas from the experts, special needs parents. Take them on errands by themselves – Even short trips like the home improvement or grocery store, or even to the gas station, will provide them moments of one on one attention with a parent. It will make them feel special and listened to. Plan a date night (Or a date day!) – A few parents recommended this. Give each sibling a night a month, let them choose what to do, where to go, and have both parents go on the date. Getting away from the distraction of a high needs sibling is crucial to building a relationship – even if it’s only for a few hours a month. Late nights – Have a special night where the sibling gets to stay up a little later and spend time with mom and dad. Remember how cool it was staying up past your bedtime when you were younger? It’s great! And time spent snuggling with mom and dad make it even more special. Find them...