Lice Prevention – Sorry about the scratching!

Lice Prevention – Sorry about the scratching!

Have you scratched your head yet? I can’t stop, just thinking about having to deal with lice makes my head itch all over like crazy! But guess what? Unfortunately back to school means more and more people are seeing reports of it in their classrooms, in their preschools and in their churches. I have had a few friends take to social media with mini-freak outs because they got a note from class telling them to be on the look-out. The good news for me is that their social media efforts have given me plenty of tips to share with you about how to prevent those little bugs from being a hassle in your home! Here is what I found (and plan to implement ASAP – scratch scratch!) 1 – Add a couple drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo. It’s a natural deterrent. Usually the more diluted the tea tree oil is the less expensive it is but people have reported success with any dilution. Some people find the smell of tea tree oil too potent, I happen to kind of like it. (And having dropped a bottle off the counter and having it shatter on the floor, it’s a good thing.) Generally speaking you add about 10 drops to each bottle, shampoo and conditioner and then shake it well. If you can handle on going maintenance, some mothers add a couple drops to the shampoo and conditioner in their hands before they apply it to their child and they do this once a week. (Thinking about lice once a month is good for me though, so I choose...
School Picture Day!

School Picture Day!

The day that we get our kids all dressed up and looking their best in order to capture a moment that we can proudly hang up on our wall. Or at least try to capture the moment anyway. I remembered that it was picture day today which was a big win. When mom’s forget about picture day you end up with something like this… It’s crunch time, time to get ready. Oye. I scrub Dylan’s face really well. Poor thing, not a trace of an over-night runny nose, drool or sleepy eyes. Red though, now it’s a little red. That will fade… right? Lotion? Worth a shot. I pick the cutest outfit that we have going on right now… or, the cutest one that will hopefully show the least drool. Inevitable by picture time, usually inevitable by the time we arrive at the school. I do her hair in the cutest little messy buns sitting high up on each side of her head and hope that she doesn’t catch a finger in one and pull it half way out. Leaving hair straggling in a pulled out, half-bun on one side. It happens. Often. I search for matching bows in the hopes that this is the one day that she won’t realize they are up there and won’t pull them out, or at least not both of them. Or maybe that her teacher and paras will at least see it’s happened and put them back in. Maybe at least one. Or, at the very least put one or both in her bag to come home. I double check her feeding connections before...
The Basics of an IEP

The Basics of an IEP

Back to school means that a lot of IEP’s are going to be in progress throughout the school year, and some very soon. My daughter’s is due next month so it’s on my mind! Are you new to IEPs? Here are the basics you should know. What is an IEP? An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a written document recording the education plan for a special needs student, basically any type of student with a learning diability. The IEP contains information about the disability, where the child is developmentally, what they need to learn, the goals for the school year, what services the school will provide the student and details about the learning environment. Goals that can be measured are created and documented to determine what improvements have been made year over year. Why do students need an IEP? Well, frankly, the Individuals with Disabilities Act requires it. By the law that every special needs student in the school system has a learning plan set out specifically for them that is created with the specifics for their learning ability and goals. The IEP will help the school and everyone providing services be on the same page, everyone involved in the students education has clearly outlined the needs of the student and what services are going to be provided. How is the IEP created? The IEP is created through a meeting in which all of the people involved in the student’s education meet together, review and discuss all of the goals. Who is in the IEP Meeting? The student. The parents. The student’s grade teacher (required). The special education teacher...
“I sat alone today”

“I sat alone today”

A lot of First Day’s are happening all over the country over the next four weeks and I have already started hearing the stories. The “I had a rough first day”s. The “no one talked to me”s. The “I sat alone at lunch”es. As a mom, hearing these stories are heart-breaking! As a special needs parent – it’s even worse. If children are excluding typical children like this, what are they doing with our special needs kids? We have done what we can, introduced them in the classroom, and then sent them off, alone, in the hopes that they won’t be alone very long. With our special needs children they often don’t understand how to respond to other kids, and don’t know how to fit in. Socially, children with autism just don’t get the social cues. Never mind those like my Dylan who developmentally just don’t understand. And, for even typical children, fitting in can be so hard, worse when you think you are different or you are shy. Please explain to your kids that we are all different, some differences are just more noticeable. Whether it be something physical or just an inability to respond appropriately or know what to say. Encourage them to look beyond what they first see. Introduce themselves, ask those sitting alone to come play with the group. Or even encourage your child to leave the group to go sit with them. Teach them to not be embarrassed to say hi to a child who may not hear, react or respond to them. I loved walking into Dylan school last year and seeing kids...
Back to School – ASL classes for you!

Back to School – ASL classes for you!

Okay – since we are on the back to school kick… have you ever thought about going back to school? Okay, let’s not get to crazy now, I know school is pricey, and there is a time issue and a billion other things right? But I am not really talking about that kind of school. I am talking about American Sign Language (ASL) classes! Yep! Sign language! I am not sure if Dylan will be able to communicate with us using sign, but it’s worth a shot right? They have been working with her in school to learn to sign some simple words. Ball, baby, more, done. (What’s that? Did I just link to a couple free online ASL dictionaries? Yep! I did, they are different, find a favorite!) Well, nothing’s worked out quite yet, but this got my husband and I thinking. Wouldn’t it be fun to be a bi-lingual house and teach our children to sign? I am pretty sure hearing about baby signing isn’t something that’s new to you. I learned that babies who are signed to from birth often sign their first word much earlier than babies usually say them out loud. How cool to be able to communicate with your 3 month old? I started looking into signing classes and found out that the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in our area offers free classes. In fact, turns out there are a LOT of free classes in our area, some are taught in random business meeting rooms. Free! After all, it’s understandable that people in the deaf community would want...