Table Setting for Special Needs

Table Setting for Special Needs

A couple of weeks ago we wrote a post about making Thanksgiving special for your tube fed child – it offered some alternative activities to a holiday that primarily revolves around food. Over the last several days I contemplated how to involve other special needs children and individuals in the Thanksgiving prep work. Then, a light bulb! One of the first chores many children are given is to set the table for meals. What a great time to introduce children who are developmentally older than the age of five to this new chore! Whether your Thanksgiving dinner is formal or casual, instructions for table settings can be easy to follow. I tell you what, we will even make it easy for you click here and you will find the Google results for table setting templates. Use your judgement here, Dylan probably shouldn’t have her hands on grandma’s fine china any time soon, or her very typical brothers for that matter. Maybe we can start with the kid’s table? Okay, That brings me to some tips… 1. Use unbreakable plates for starters. (Yup, kids table…) 2. Skip the knives or have a parent or older sibling add them later. 3. Put everything the child will need out on the counter ahead of time (older children can get some of the heavier, and sharp, items themselves.) I love the templates found on the internet, consider printing and laminating your families to make them last. An easy way to have a child remember a place setting goes without having a template is to tell a story. The sharp pointy fork stands alone...
The Peanut Doctor

The Peanut Doctor

There is some new hope for parents of children with severe food allergies. It’s creating some buzz in the special needs community and recently a news report caught my eye. There is a doctor in Utah who is trying a dangerous new strategy to help kids tackle severe allergies. This amazing new allergy treatment is given by Dr. Jones, who runs the Rocky Mountain Food Allergy Treatment Center in Layton, Utah – Where kids are being treated to overcome severe allergies to food such as peanuts, milk, eggs and wheat. Graduates of his program will ideally have diets that include the very poisons that could kill them today. It’s ground-breaking and they say they are one of the only treatment center’s doing this in the mid-west. Parents are coming to him with the hope of not living with the fear that they have to watch every food item that goes not only in their child’s mouth, but sometimes even around them or touching their skin. I have seen helpful travel tip where allergy parents are advised to cover their strollers for fear that another child might touch it and leave a trace of a dangerous allergen. It’s scary. The process Dr. Jones uses involves breaking the food down to the protein responsible for the severe reactions, isolating that protein and slowly introducing the protein and the food into their diet. Kids are given weekly introductions of the food in a controlled environment. Building up gradually to eating a full peanut after about 6 months, and it can go from there. As you can imagine this process and the treatment...
Diagnosis Highlight: FPIES, Food Intolerance — Guest Post

Diagnosis Highlight: FPIES, Food Intolerance — Guest Post

[title size=”2″]Meet Wyatt[/title] Wyatt was born on a beautiful June day, 3 years ago. He has been a fighter from his very first seconds. In the womb, he fought to stay alive and grow. In his first moments of life, he fought to live and to breathe. Wyatt was born without surfactant in his lungs to help them expand and spent some time in the NICU getting help breathing. After a scary week in the hospital, we brought our miracle baby home. From day one, he was a screamer. He screamed all.the.time. You may think that I am exaggerating here, but I can promise you I am not. We rocked him, we swung him, and he spent hours in front of the dryer in a vibrating swing because it was the only thing that helped calm him, even a little bit. I would wear him all day and rock and swing and bounce constantly to help him settle. If I did the dishes, I would put him in the bouncer and bounce with one leg as I did the dishes so that he would just cry, instead of scream, until he passed out. When I tell you that he never slept, I mean never. The doctor told me that he was colicky and to give him gas drops and rub his tummy. He would projectile vomit everything that went into his mouth. I was used to that, because his sister did that too, so I didn’t think anything of it. When he would fall asleep, he was propped on my shoulder in a certain way and he would moan...