8iRWeiXjcKj9kUz5Tebo4_k_FtY Life with Two Special Needs Children: May 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Summer Vacation Off to a Good Start!!!

So far so good as it relates to the kids being out of school. Now, I know it's only been a week, but still, we're managing to stay sane!!!

Next week Cassidy will go to Vacation Bible School at a church in the town their school is in. I've signed her up for some others as well, to give her something to do - and to give Mom a break! Caleb will attend psychosocial group two days a week starting on Tuesday. We leave on the 7th for vacation to Branson. I pray that it's a nice and quite (and uneventful) time for us to unwind and regroup. We're taking Margaret, Cassidy's foster sister, with us as part of her graduation present. Cassidy is excited to spend so much time with Margaret.

Caleb had his fourth set of ear tubes put in on the 20th of May. They gave him a sedative to come out of the anesthesia much slower and that has helped immensely. He's not had the issues that he had when he turned 2, thankfully for all of us!

Caleb and Rolex are still bonding. Caleb is actually calling for Rolex when he gets scared and it is helping a lot! We're so thankful that this is working out!

Well, that's what's going on here for now. I'll try and post something more (maybe with some pictures) before we go on vacation, but I'm not sure about the time. I've got a lot to do to get ready to go!

Monday, May 19, 2008

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Newsweek Does a Story on Children's Bipolar Disorder

This morning I read an article that "Newsweek" did on a family whose child was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It was a wonderful article and it showed what all parents of children with bipolar disorder deal with on a day-to-day basis, some to more extremes than others.

I'm going to post the link to the article, so if you have a chance to read it, please do. I wrote the magazine an e-mail this morning thanking them for the wonderful, well written article. We need more stories like this!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

School's Almost Out and Preparation for Next Year

Wow, it's hard to believe that school is almost out. Caleb has had an absolutely WONDERFUL kindergarten year. Tony & I are just thrilled that he has done so well. He is talking about all his friends and the things that they do. His great year would not have been possible without the wonderful teachers and staff at his school! He will be with all the same kids and the same teacher next year, which will help him when he starts first grade in August.

Cassidy is finishing up her last year in pre-k and will start kindergarten in August. Hopefully she will take to kindergarten. Right now she doesn't seem real interested in educational items. She'd much rather play.

Within the last month we've had IEP meetings for both kids. Everyone agreed that we'd like to reduce Caleb's one-on-one para hours so that he is more independent. We've also worked in a rest time for him after lunch, as it seems that he has more rage issues when he is extremely tired. With him being in school all day, no one knows what to expect.

Cassidy will have a para for about 45 minutes to help her with her fine motor skills as right now she doesn't have any desire to write letters or numbers. She's going to be attending the School of Mom this summer and hopefully we'll make some progress!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Caleb & Rolex

March 31st we took Caleb to Concordia, Kansas for training for his new service dog. We met Rolex, a one-year-old border collie. Rolex is still very much a puppy, but he is working well with Caleb. We are hoping that with some time, Rolex will help Caleb calm down before he gets too agigated.

Today Caleb didn't have school and he was building a house. Becuase, as he tells me, "I'm a good builder." Caleb wanted Rolex to go in the house. Here's a picture of Caleb and Rolex in the house.

Caleb's favorite number is 17. When we are watching a race Caleb always roots for the 17. It doesn't matter who the driver is, all he cares about is whether the 17 is going to win. Well, tonight while we were watching, the 17 crashed. Caleb didn't take a nap today and was extremely tired. Because the 17 crashed, Caleb started crying. This crying lasted for almost 30 minutes. I finally got him to sit down in the chair and got Rolex to get on his lap. Here is a picture of Rolex sitting with Caleb after helping him calm down enough that he could actually fall asleep.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Tomorrow, May 8th, is Children's Mental Health Awareness day. In order to help get the word out I had contacted all the local news stations as well as our local newspaper offering to share our story. I only heard back from one and the story was aired this morning. I hope our story makes a difference. http://www.ksn.com/news/local/18775954.html#