Review: Hear Builder Following Directions

Do you struggle to get your children to follow directions? Do they struggle listening in noisy places? I know we sure struggle getting the kids to follow directions, especially my kiddos who have ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder. If any of these are problems in your house wait then this wonderful product from the Hear Builder series from Super Duper Publications is just what you need! There are 4 separate titles that are part of the Hear Builder Series  -Following Directions (Link) -Phonological Awareness (Link) -Sequencing (Link) -Auditory Memory (Link) We were sent the Hear builder following directions CD about a month ago Continue Reading…

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The If Then Board

With the fact that Ethan was born with a cleft palate, he did not talk much when he was younger, and when he did talk he was so difficult to understand no one but me could understand what he was saying most of the time. We taught him sign language very early on, and he was able to communicate with everyone in the house so much better, but unfortunately most people outside the house didn’t know sign language and there was a huge language barrier. We finally got Early On to come in and evaluate him right around his 2nd Continue Reading…

Montessori Homeschool Classroom

On top of the 5 ER trips we had last week we also had 4 check ups for different kids at the doctors office (2 separate visits) all of which went good for the most part… We discussed with the doctor the fact that Anthony has been having horrible night terrors. Now if you have never experienced a child having night a night terror, let me tell you it is a pretty scary thing to have to go through just as the person helping him, I cannot imagine how it must feel being the one stuck in something so scary! My Continue Reading…

Plans For Next Year For Ethan

God has lead us down a long road and we have learned so much through this journey with surgeries, IEP’s, Special Education Services, Physical/Occupational/Speech therapy in the last 2 years with Ethan. At the beginning of the school year I thought it was the worst thing ever to put him into the public school systems for anything other that strictly this therapy and to just keep him at home for his school. But after much prayer and talking to professionals we decided that not putting him into a special education class would only make him further delayed. Now I see Continue Reading…

Sleeping Issues and Visual Schedules

With 3 children that suffer from Sensory processing disorder there has been many different accommodations or modifications made to our daily life that make things easier. I wanted to share a few of the changes or things that have made our life easier, today I am touching on Sleeping Issues for any child but especially for the children who suffer from autistic/spd sleeping issues! Ethan for years has struggled with going to bed, when he was a newborn he didn’t nap at all, as he got older getting him to go to bed was always a major battle. He often Continue Reading…

Pneumothorax ~ Are You Kidding Me?

I figured I would update everyone, because I will not be posting through the weekend and haven’t been on the computer much last week either. I am very ready to be done with our season of trials, everything that has happened in the last month has been such a roller coaster ride, and has brought a whole new meaning to trusting God! It continues to give us strong faith, but still is so emotionally and physically draining, I just cannot wait for our lives to get back to a normal routine for more than a week! I hate to have Continue Reading…

How Does Your Engine Run: Alert Go Fish

Until 2 years ago I knew nothing about sensory issues or Sensory Processing Disorder (SDI). I knew that Ethan was having major problems, and had been since he was born, but just wasn’t sure why or what. Even our primary care physician of 13 years wasn’t much help, she just kept telling me he will grow out of it, he is still little (even after coming into the office with his intestines full of the peat gravel from under the swing set). Ethan was finally referred over to Early On for speech therapy by his cleft doctor due to the Continue Reading…

Metro Cruise 2011

Last Friday I took my first dose of Methotrexate (only taken once a week), I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and with how fast the disease is progressing I had no choice but to take start taking this very strong medicine. I was however blessed beyond belief, and did not end up with some of the horrible symptoms, at least for this dose. I only had a bad migraine and nausea all week.  With taking the medicine, Jake was required to take off work to be home in case of a serious reaction, or just to take care of the house Continue Reading…

Organization Projects Underway!

We finally have begun the process of reorganizing some of the spaces in our house, we plan on moving the playroom back upstairs and having the toys all organized with an Ikea Trofast system, the school room and all school item will be moved from all over the house to only in the basement. The dining room table has served us well for 5 years, but its time for a change. There are few of the reasons I chose to start this project: 1. Make things run more efficient and easier to find, with 6 kids and homeschooling, life needs Continue Reading…

Preschool Plans For Ethan

This year Ethan will be working on Early preschool through Kindergarten activities. He was supposed to be enrolled in Early Childhood Special Education preschool this year because he turned 3 and was no longer eligible for early on intervention, but we have decided we will just modify whatever we need to, and continue to homeschool him with the rest of the children, he will however continue to receive speech/occupational therapy from an outsider. I am working on mostly Montessori ideas for him.  In June I started taking Karen Tyler’s course, and have learned so much from the class, and the manuals Continue Reading…

Summer Sensory Bin

Summer Sensory Bin Ethan has been enrolled in a early childhood school this past 2 years, to help with some of the speech therapy, sensory issues, and for OT they had a few summer classes for the kids this summer, this was the last one “beach theme” Big sister being helpful with Gabe.. Fishing in a fun summer sensory bin idea. The little sprinkler.. Anthony got pretty good at the BIG bubbles! Anthony and Cody throwing water bombs at each other… This isn’t a school picture, but its what happens at the end of a long day lol..  And yes Continue Reading…