Names have been changed to protect the guilty.
Hello, Internet! Cole here. A long time ago – maybe 2 or 3 years prior – I had a minor obsession with international travel. The idea of going to other places with fundamentally different flora, fauna, and traditions fascinated me, and I longed for the day when I could finally exit my native country and begin exploring a different clime. That day finally came on June 26, 2017, when I embarked on my first international trip to Costa Rica. I will never forget the adventure that followed, nor will I forget the friend(s?) that I made. Join me as I recount the best – and currently only – international vacation I’ve ever had!
Days -600-something to -1: Preparation
I first found out about the trip as a freshman through an advertisement at school. The host and chaperone was my ninth-grade mathematics teacher Mr. Dexter, who’d tried to get students to go on similar, more expensive trips with him in previous years. Due to my aforementioned youthful wanderlust and my respect for the teacher, I naturally seized the opportunity and informed my parents, who supported my participation despite the sizable price tag. One boring school year, several preparatory meetings and three thousand dollars later, I was ready to go.
Day 0: Commute
This day started fairly normally, as I wouldn’t have to leave for the airport until around noon. Until then, I stayed at home and played video games, occasionally stopping to add various items to my bags or listen. At around 10:00, my parents and I got into the car and drove to the airport, stopping briefly to get Chick-Fil-A for lunch.
After arriving at the airport and saying goodbye to my parents, I followed my group to our gate. Over the course of the day, we would take two flights: one from our airport to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and another from that airport to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport. During both, we would fly first-class; I’m not sure if that accommodation was part of the travel package or if Mr. Dexter just got lucky, but I don’t really care either way.
The first flight was relatively short and uneventful – just a regular commute. The second flight, however, had video screens on the backs of the seats. At the start of the flight, the screens played two different safety videos; the first was a normal safety video, while the second… well…
Once I’d poured my hand sanitizer in my eyeballs to clean my brain of that video, fiddled with the screen a bit while filling out a few intimidating customs forms. It provided several forms of complimentary entertainment, including movies and music. Josef, my aisle-mate, watched the LEGO Batman movie while I listened to obscure music I’d never heard before. As I listened, I stared out of the window for most of the flight and took some pictures of the view, occasionally putting my arm on the armrest and then yanking it away when I got too close to Josef and he protested.
Healing Sounds Music Therapy has a new clinic in Midlothian! Healing Sounds is so excited to have their very own space to provide individual music therapy, music therapy social skills groups, and adaptive lessons for their clients.
They will be accepting new clients in this new space starting on Monday, July 31st.
More colleges are putting together options and programs for students with Special Needs. This list seems to be growing on a regular basis, which is wonderful. We have compiled a list of those schools, some are closer in proximity to the Virginia area than others. We will highlight additional in a future issue.
Brain Balance Centers (Midlothian, VA) is hosting an Open House on July 20th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This special event will include a Parents Panel where parents of children that have recently completed the Brain Balance program will share their experiences. Come visit our center, meet our staff and learn more about how Brain Balance is helping families in the Midlothian community! Save your spot by calling us today at (804) 379-0007
2017 Summer Soccer Season
Jacob’s Chance is glad to be providing again Sunday afternoon soccer program. This summer we will meet on Sunday’s in August 4pm to 6pm at the Brookley Road fields as part of Jack Bourne Park. NOTE — this is a NEW LOCATION!
It’s all the rage and everyone is talking about the excitement they have for their kids getting up and staying active! I have been looking into this and wanted to talk about some of the safety factors we all should be aware of.
Parents of children with sensory sensitivities may feel a sense of anxiety in advance of summertime activities. Summer heat, playtime with large groups of kids, and participation in summer camps all pose challenges for the child with sensory processing disorder. In order to help your child enjoy summer break, try the following sensory-friendly activities instead.
Cutz For Guys has had great success in working with children with special needs, you can call ahead and let them know your child’s needs or talk to them when you get there. The staff are patient, engaging, thoughtful and will work with your child to make it as stress free as possible. They have TV’s for distraction and lollipops too!
Over 40 million Americans struggle with mental illness in any given year.1 In racial and ethnic minority communities, mental health issues have often gone unaddressed. To raise awareness of this issue, July was declared as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008.
The summer is heating up! Currently River City Inclusive Gymnastics has six classes running. We have four class options for kids, a Wednesday morning adult class, and a Wednesday evening class for teens. It is never too late to register. Take a look at some recent photos and videos of our athletes improving their balance, coordination, strength and mobility.