Our Holiday Traditions

Our Holiday Traditions

On the Eve of Christmas, the LionHeart Innovations family wanted to share with you some of our fun holiday traditions. Hopefully, by glancing over this list you will be able to get a glimpse into some of the fun things we do with our families and maybe find a new idea for a tradition to start in your own home. That Creepy Little Elf – Like him or hate him, some families have a lot of fun when their elf pulls some naughty and nice tricks every morning after returning from his daily report to Santa. Advent Calendars – There are inexpensive chocolate countdowns or you can get fancy (or not) and make your own. Pinterest comes in handy here. Countdown Chains – Take one ring off for each day counting down to Christmas. The Ho Ho Fairy – This fun fairy isn’t like her elfin friend, she never shows up in person, just leaves fun things in the morning to countdown the 12 days of Christmas. Usually they are things encouraging family time like puzzles, games and books. Reading as a Family – Right before bed, on the Eve of Christmas Day, our family Patriarch pulls out the bible to read the nativity story. If you aren’t into that sort of thing but still celebrate the holidays? Try reading any fun Christmas story like the Night Before Christmas. New Pajamas – Many families have a tradition of opening one gift Christmas Eve, new pajamas. Often matching for great Christmas morning photo ops! The Polar Express – Watch the movie The Polar Express together as a family while drinking...
Gifts for Special Needs Children

Gifts for Special Needs Children

What do you buy a special needs child for Christmas? As we are right around the corner from Christmas and smack dab in the middle of gift giving season special needs parents have special considerations when it comes to managing present gifting to their special needs children. And for that matter, grandmas, friends and everyone else. Do you have a special need child to buy for? Here are some of our tips. Don’t worry about “fair”. This is a general rule in our family. Our seven year old daughter’s toys geared toward one-year-olds cost quite a bit less than those toys that are for her 5-7 year old siblings. If a toy that you have in mind for her only cost $10 but you had $20 in mind? Please… don’t. That toy is fine, don’t buy more, there is no need. We promise. We have had seven years of collecting toys for one-year-olds, you can imagine the collection we have going! We love the newest fun toys, but no need to over do it. Don’t know what to get? Ask! Dylan likes toys and dolls that sing and play music. But other children prefer cause and effect, maybe communication tools, sensory items. There are so many cool things on the market, their parents have probably been dreaming of several items and can give you great ideas! They know their children the best. I would much rather have someone ask than get something that won’t be put to good fun here. Consider adding to a savings account? Have extra money to contribute? Ask the parents if they are saving for...
Sensory Santa!

Sensory Santa!

Sensory Santa is coming… to town! Well, many towns anyway! This is the first year that I have seen so many articles and posts from all over the United States, from all over the world, about initiatives to get Santa in touch with all of the children who want to have a visit. You see, visiting with Santa is often something that is out of reach for special needs children. Waiting in lines, braving crowds, noises and slashing lights almost always proves too much for a group of kids who are easily over-stimulated. Not to mention, germs! Often special needs children have weakened immune systems making them especially susceptible to colds at an already really rough time of the year. This yea, some malls and organizations are setting aside special meetings, blocks of time dedicated to special needs children. Others are allowing special need children to go to the front of the line. All of these arrangements provide a calm environment for every child to sit on Santa’s lap, hear his jolly laugh and make those special Christmas wishes! Here are some articles and information we have found – There are many more but these are very touching. Sensory Santa in Australia Caring Santa in Indianapolis Malls Sensitive Santa in Toronto Merritt Square Mall in Florida Johnson City Tennessee – Six years! For many of these children, this is the first time they are able to sit on Santa’s lap! Isn’t that incredible? As awareness and acceptance for Autism grows I anticipate many more opportunities for all children to meet with Santa and feel the magic spirit that the...