HAPPY JUNE! We are so happy in our home for the arrival of Summer! I am counting down the lunches left to make this year! KnowDifferent has some great new sponsors to share this month with a plan in place to get more events added onto our calendar.
Your passports are ready, you have reserved a room with a beautiful ocean view, packed your favorite clothes and painstakingly written out instructions for the person caring for your kids listing all their activities, favorite foods, bedtimes and rules – is there anything you have forgotten?
Most of us struggle at one time or another at our children’s doctor appointments, whether it is with the waiting time,feeling heard or wondering if we asked all of the questions we wanted answered. When we are doing this with a Special Needs Child, we can feel even more overwhelmed.
My husband, Scott, and I had the privilege of becoming volunteers for Miracle League last spring (2014). I saw a post online from one of my coworkers about her son looking forward to playing baseball through Miracle League. Right away I became very interested and began looking up information on how to become a volunteer. At first, we weren’t sure what to expect. Who would we be a buddy to? What exactly do we do to help? Will we be effective and make an impact on these kids? How will we be able to interact with them? However, after the first game, we became hooked! It was so much fun, especially seeing the kids interact and enjoy it! We saw the joy through the eyes of each child. Each week we came back, I continued to be a buddy to the same player. Her name is Sara. After playing a few games with her and talking, I knew she was the player I was supposed to be with each time. Before every game, Sara makes sure to look for me and give me a hug. We truly have built such a strong relationship that I cherish. She is such a sweet and energetic child. She always has a smile on her face and I love when she laughs! Every week I look forward to seeing her and her family. It’s almost like we have become a little family. Sara’s sister, Jamie, also plays on the team. She’s a go getter and loves to knock balls out of the park! We enjoy talking with her as well and getting to know her. Scott has become friends with another player, Casey, on the team. He enjoys being his buddy and talking to him. This opportunity has been such an awesome experience for the both of us. I always tell Scott that “this is my favorite part of Saturday.” It brings so much joy to us and brightens our day. I’m so thankful God led us to such an amazing place with amazing people. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!
Probiotics have been around for hundreds of years, in the form of live culture yogurt. They are typically regarded as “good bacteria.” With the recent desire to reduce medication exposure in children and increase natural therapy, the number of products with probiotics now available to parents is overwhelming, with multiple products available in stores and literally thousands of individual products now available on-line.
I can not believe the school year is coming to a close in just a few short weeks. I hope that it has been an awesome year! I am super excited about summer camp 2015 as we have many new field trips and places to explore. We will be participating in a service project at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, mapping the James River at Henricus Park, strolling the Canal Walk and enjoying lunch on the observation deck in the city, to name just a few.
Camp is filling up fast this year! If you have already enrolled then please remit your deposit (if you owe one) ASAP to guarantee your child’s place. If you have not enrolled and wish to then please do so soon as we have several weeks that are close to being full.
We are excited to start off this summer with a cookout for all of our campers, their families and our volunteers. Save the date, Saturday, June 20th from 4 PM to 6:30 PM. We will have some great food and plenty of information to share, including field trip schedules for the summer! This link will take you to the site with all the info.
Thank you so much for supporting RAIN and for allowing us the opportunity to serve your children! Please do not hesitate to give me a call or shoot me an email with any questions or concerns. Also, please don’t forget about the recreational scholarship offered y the ASCV! http://ascv.org/about/recreational-scholarships/
Treehouse Pediatric Therapy is EXCITED for summer! We are pleased to offer summer camps and groups this year! Our summer sessions will offer a variety of options for children with varying needs including social skills, play skills, self-regulation, fine motor, feeding and food exploration, and music. Please see our handout or visit our website for more information and camp descriptions!
Has your child ever gotten into trouble at school? Many parents do not realize that if they have a child with a disability, the child has additional legal protections in the event that he or she violates their school’s code of conduct. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), and the regulations implementing IDEA, state that schools may not remove a child with a disability from his or her current placement for more than ten consecutive school days. A removal from current placement for a period of more than ten consecutive days is considered a change in placement, which is impermissible without procedural protections.
As stated in my previous article, I have Asperger’s Syndrome, which slightly impairs my social life, but I am still capable of going through society with relative ease and minimal stares from passersby. I do know someone who is less fortunate than I am, though: my brother, Tyler Szymonik. Unlike me, Tyler has full-blown autism, so he has great difficulty speaking, interacting with others, and generally functioning in society at large.
A child’s mental health is a critical part of healthy development with long-term implications for the child’s and family’s quality of life. Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, learning healthy social skills and strategies for coping when life’s challenges and transitions arise. Children who are mentally healthy have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school and in their communities.