Builders and Gamers use activities that are appealing to kids (Building- Lego/arts and crafts, and Games- cards, board games) to teach the principles of friendship. This is not a play date. It is not a play group. We do refer to it as a social group, but it is more than that. Cooperation and collaboration are not just buzz words. We depend on cooperative participants and collaborative ideas. Every member brings a different set of skills and interests. Everyone learns to be part of the group, even when the activity may not be someone’s favorite. Learning to follow a group plan and actively participate (with a positive attitude) can be a challenge. Letting others have a turn when it is a favorite activity is another type of challenge. We learn to stop and clean up, even when the Lego set is NOT finished. (This one is hard for me too!!) While we are learning how to be accepted into the group, we are learning to accept others into our own group. Builders and Gamers welcome and include anyone interested in being part of our group. Our more experienced members are great mentors to new friends. Our group mascot, Crash the ferret, is a frequent visitor. Crash is great at starting conversations.
The Sportable Spokes, Sportable’s junior wheelchair basketball team, has recently qualified for the National Championship Tournament! The junior wheelchair basketball program started in 2006 and was comprised of just two players. Since then, the team has grown and has served twelve youth athletes with physical disabilities in the 2014-2015 season!
For those of us who have kids with special needs, there’s an added list of challenges to the ones that all couples endure. Statistics say our marriages are harder to make work, but I believe you can use anything as a reason to “fail.”
The majority of boys suffering with ADHD have awful relationships with their fathers. “Suffering” meaning the boys can’t get a hold of their own impulsivity, their distractibility, their erratic behavior, and the worst part is that their self-esteem is very low. “Majority” being over 50%.
Many people think about executing a Power of Attorney when they become elderly and are no longer able to handle their financial affairs. However, everyone should have at least one in place regardless of your age or health status.
Meet Sarah W, a Special Needs caregiver with College Nannies and Tutors. She’s been with College Nannies for over a year and a half while also volunteering for a few causes. Sarah is a volunteer certified EMT and a recreation therapy volunteer at Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Year after year, she has volunteered at a therapeutic riding center working with children with special needs. Sarah graduated VCU with a criminal justice major and a minor in Russian. She speaks Russian fluently and she tutors algebra!
We added a puppy to our mix of 3 kids, 1 mom, 1 dad and 1 dog a few months ago. Crazy? Maybe, but the bond that Marky has with both of these animals is bigger than I can even explain.
The Miracle League of Richmond Virginia 2015 Baseball Spring Season is just around the corner. Have you registered your child to play or volunteer? We begin play Saturday April 11th and each Saturday through June 13th 2015. Our game times are at 9am, 10:30.
“When I see it, then I understand”
My world turns on visual supports. I keep my daily schedule in front of me because it is different every day and is constantly changing. A light pops on to remind me that I need to get gas for the car. The grocery list helps me to get everything I need (the first time!) at the store. A Post it® note on the front door reminds me not to forget something important.