I wanted to take a minute to wish you all a Happy Holiday!. It’s Christmas Eve and Hanukkah, it is nice to have the holidays starting on the same day, it brings me a feeling of a little more togetherness.
Listen closely, what do you hear around you? Is there someone taking a phone call in the distance? Is there laughter from a children walking by? I can hear a dump truck backing into the parking lot. I recognize the trickle of rain falling on the window and the sound of my nails on the keyboard as I type. But if I really listen closely, I can hear the hum of the fluorescent lights above my desk. I notice the whoosh of the heat as it turns on, and I hear a constant chirp from somewhere behind my computer monitor that I have a tendency to ignore everyday. It is this ability, the ability to discriminate each sound, ignore it, or enjoy it, that many of us share with our neurologically-“typical” sensory processing systems. The same auditory input I hear or ignore can be overwhelming to a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, so much so that it causes them to react with an aversive fight-or-flight response at home, in school, or in a grocery store with their mother.
In a cozy room at the Greater Richmond ARC, five-year-old Becky and her speech therapist are playing a word game. Her father Jose and translator Rene Fagalde are also present.
“What do cows drink?”asks Stephanie, the speech therapist. “Milk,” comes the reply.
“What does a red light mean?”Stop,” says Becky.
Since beginning speech therapy at ARC when she was three, Becky has come a long way. And one thing that has helped is the presence of Fagalde, who interprets the therapist’s questions for Becky’s dad, who does not speak English.
About 12 percent of ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services program clientele are Spanish-speaking or come from families where English is a second language, so the services of a translator like Rene is important. At ARC it is a courtesy service provided at no charge, and an integral part of a child’s therapy. For Becky and her family, speech therapy is a life saver. “What I respect most about ARC is their sensitive approach to helping my daughter,” said Jose through the translator, noting her incredible improvement. Becky can now speak in full sentences.
The Crippled Lamb; Hardcover; Author – Max Lucado
A beautiful and inspiring story that has encouraged thousands of children who have felt left out or who have special needs. In this timeless bestseller, readers experience the tender love God has for those who feel alone and different. Joshua was a lamb with a crippled leg who felt left out because he couldn’t run and play like the other lambs. But God had a very special plan for Joshua’s life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb’s prayers are answered in an amazing way. Original oil-painting illustrations by Liz Bonham brilliantly capture the beauty and warmth of this endearing story. Meets national education standards.
As the number one daytime 5k event in the country, Bubble Run is proud to support local charities and are excited to announce that The Miracle League of Richmond Virginia (www.mlor.org) has been selected to partner with Richmond’s Bubble Run in September 2017.
We are so excited! The Bubble Run goals is to increase awareness and donations for their partners. All runners will have the opportunity to learn more about the partners prior to the race through the Miracle League of Richmond and Bubble Run’s website, Facebook, and other media.
Registration is now open to runners and volunteers. Please be sure to visit www.bubblerun.com/richmond or www.mlor.org for full details! We look forward to seeing everyone for some Good, Clean Fun and Run in September 2017!
I am so sorry to all of you who have had issues both in entering events as well as those that were using it as a resource.
“Employee of the Year” Krystal Thomas “stepped up” for a fellow Greater Richmond ARC employee and managed the Workforce Development program seamlessly, while “Dream Maker” Latashia McLeod at ARC’s Camp Baker respite program made a visit to King’s Dominion a reality for 12 people with disabilities.
Last night, Marky was in the family room, with his sisters and dad, I was in the kitchen. I don’t know how long he was crying under a pillow, but his sister realized it well into his tears. This was the first tug at my heart, for not even knowing. He was buried under a pillow, trying not to be heard. Second tug, he doesn’t seek any attention.
The Holiday season is a busy time, we are all doing many things and can be easily distracted. Driving can also add distraction and your phone should not be a part of it! This is a perfect time to be reminded to put your phone down, no texting, no live videos, no checking social media- NONE of it is worth your life or the lives of anyone we love.
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