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Another special needs mom I know through Lee Schools: Parents As Mentors encouraged me to invite an amazing gentleman and his organization to visit Riley’s Functional Skills classroom. I am grateful that she did. Ken Craft kindly brought Tally of Whispering Pines Clydesdales to visit the five ESE classes of Rayma C. Page Elementary. It was an amazing morning as I watched each childs’ elation grow with the interaction Tally afforded.
>The boys had a long weekend. We filled our time very well. They even got to make an Arbonne sales call with me, my customer was so sweet to let me bring them along.
The house begins to look like Halloween with Ronan’s homemade decorations. When he was just old enough to hold a crayon, we would create homemade crafts and art to decorate for each holiday. I am not creative so I usually turn to the internet for inspiration. I was out for a little while and returned home to find John and the boys immersed in Halloween decorating activities. Now, Ronan begins the process without prompting and creations I would never have imagined adorn our home. Below is the first of the planned flying bat, ghost and jack-o-lantern.
Lots of therapy for Riley to Dr. Steve Stohler’s new chiropractic office location. We are so fortunate to have Dr. Steve give his time and expertise to keeping Riley healthy. One day soon I will share our introduction to Dr. Steve. Then on to horseback riding at Naples Equestrian Challenge. For the 3rd session in a row Riley performed beautifully, working hard without even being asked to push up and sit up, smiling all the while. He does appear to perform better on the cooler, rainy days. No pictures again… I was busy being Riley’s sidewalker.
My mother has returned from up North. We are all glad to have her back. Ronan brought back another tradition the moment she returned… games. We may all be a little gamed out after quite a bit of Monopoly Junior and Rummicub which he expects to play again this evening, I suspect the day will be full enough. I’m glad he enjoys that time together:-)
Today he has Physical Therapy and later a school conference.
When I wonder where my time goes and how I accomplish not nearly as much as intended, I can look back and remember how these moments ate up my time. I do need to get life on track. But, all this care for Riley is invaluable to our future. The healthier Riley is… the healthier our family is… it’s worth every moment. Admittedly though, I am quite challenged to put it all in perspective and time budgeted.
So, how do you all balance the needs of your special child with health care and educational needs which dominate the family life?
It is ADHD Awareness Week. Here is a link to the current CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) newsletter with helpful articles.
We are all special.. by Stacie Wiesenbaugh
“Riley met a goal!” Miss Emily announced when we arrived for Physical Therapy at All Children’s Monday afternoon. Now this is a statement that I am rather unfamiliar with hearing.
Every movement Riley makes takes incredible effort. In the past year, John and I have marveled at his new skill: Riley at the age of eight learned to lift his left arm up to his face and with the back of his wrist rub his own eyes. Now, depending on your experiences this is either the one of the saddest skills you have ever heard or you are at this moment incredibly jealous that my child can now rub his own eyes when they itch. What is life like if you cannot do this for yourself.
If you can relate to this being an amazing milestone, you understand the difficulty of meeting therapy goals in order to qualify to keep therapy. Our goal will not keep us in therapy. But our goal does show that Riley is working and working hard to improve his abilities.
Are you ready? Here it is. While maintaining a weight bearing position on his elbows, Riley held is head up without help for 10 seconds. 10 Seconds! It’s a beautiful moment to see my child improve and become stronger.
Next, we get to maintain this ability. So much work to do.
We are all special… by Stacie Wiesenbaugh
Today’s Inspirational Post is at kidz – I Know Different. Please check it out.
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My greatest challenge is simply the constancy of being a special needs mom.
A page from EasyStand.com
Individuals who rely on a wheelchair for mobility should also look to a standing device or standing frame as a way prevent the secondary complications that often result from prolonged use of a wheelchair. For years physicians and therapists have recommended assisted standing for a variety of medical and health benefits that occur when maintaining a natural standing posture. However; in addition to the physiological health benefits, many people also experience significant psychological benefits from being in the upright standing position, such as improved self-esteem and social development.
Many of these health and physiological benefits of standing are listed below. Or you can review any of the clinical case studies, articles, and research studies found on additional pages for further assisted standing benefits and information.
Medical Benefits of Standing
Passive standing has been demonstrated to prevent, reverse, or improve many of the adverse effects of prolonged immobilization.
The most widely accepted medical benefits of standing include:
- Prevention of contractures (ankles, knees, and hips)
- Improvement of range of motion (spine, hips, knees and ankles)
- Reduction in spasticity
- Prevention or reversal of osteoporosis and resultant hypercalciuria
- Improvement of renal function, drainage of the urinary tract, and reduction in urinary calculi
- Prevention of pressure ulcers through changing positions
- Improvement in circulation as it related to orthostatic hypotension
- Improvement in bowel function
- Normalization of respiratory function
- Improve Hip Integrity
- Develop or improve motor skills
- Maintain or re-gain bone density
Other specific reasons that people stand include:
- Facilitation of a natural symmetrical standing posture
- Development & improvement of upper body balance & strength
- Alleviation of pain caused by prolonged or inappropriate position
- Development of standing tolerance & endurance
- Lessening progressive scoliosis
- Assisting with skeletal development (in children)
Psychological Benefits of Standing
Although funding sources rarely recognize the psychological benefits of standing, they can be some of the most important reasons to stand, especially for kids. Clinicians, parents, and EasyStand users also recommend standing for the psychological benefits, including:
- Stimulate play
- Increase independence & self-image
- Being active and mobile while standing
- Be more alert
- Increase cognition
- Enhance social development & interactions with peers
- Participate in activities that are meant to do standing up
- Increase activities of daily living
- Be more vocal & responsive
- Look peers in the eye
- Give & get hugs easier
- Encourage inclusion in school
- Decrease fatigue from inactivity
- Help prevent depression