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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   01-16-2013, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By Fay
The saddest thing about it is that your MIL has...

The saddest thing about it is that your MIL has that type of negative self-talk running through her head all the time...and she actively taught negative self-talk to your child.  But you can...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   11-14-2012, 11:58 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 1,759
Posted By Fay
We don't do Santa here.  Santa is the creepy guy...

We don't do Santa here.  Santa is the creepy guy at the mall.
 
The kids each get 1 gift from me & DH.  Usually Legos or some kind of open-ended building set without batteries.  Small fidget toy &...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-14-2012, 07:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 463
Posted By Fay
We had to pay for almost everything out of...

We had to pay for almost everything out of pocket because of insurance laws in our state.  The school district offered ABA, but we refused it on the grounds that it did not address any of our son's...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-21-2012, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By Fay
I taught my Lego-loving boys how to sew during...

I taught my Lego-loving boys how to sew during spring break last year.  They were overjoyed.  One of my goals in 2013 is to teach the basics of quilt patterns to them.  The desire to create and...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-07-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 764
Posted By Fay
If you are denied SSI, you can immediately apply...

If you are denied SSI, you can immediately apply for the Katie Beckett Medicaid Waiver - google it.  The waiver will pay for most therapy, medical bills and respite.  Most states have a waiting list...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-01-2012, 09:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,180
Posted By Fay
I have 2 very high need kids who cried and...

I have 2 very high need kids who cried and screamed to the point of vomiting as babies.  We called the car seat "the infant torture device."  My older child turned out to be crying due to autism....
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-12-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 324
Posted By Fay
My kids have always been terrified of mall...

My kids have always been terrified of mall Santas.  It was important from day 1 to tell them that people like to play pretend, and those are just people wearing Santa costumes to celebrate Christmas...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-23-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 763
Posted By Fay
I'm not an expert...but that does not sound like...

I'm not an expert...but that does not sound like a behavioral issue at all.  Get an appointment with a geneticist for a full work-up.  Make the pediatrician's office staff do some of the work for...
Forum: Birth Stories   08-23-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,144
Posted By Fay
Thank you so much for sharing this, Jaime!  You...

Thank you so much for sharing this, Jaime!  You have a beautiful family.
 
I don't have a video of my VBAC, so watching this was very meaningful to me.  
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-04-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,031
Posted By Fay
It sounds like the bullying culture is deeply...

It sounds like the bullying culture is deeply ingrained in your charter school, if the teacher's suggestion is that your daughter is the one who needs to learn how to make friends (?!?!), and the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-31-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,629
Posted By Fay
What about getting BodySox instead of a swing?...

What about getting BodySox instead of a swing?  Same stretchy fabric, but you don't have to worry about attaching it to the ceiling safely - she can just play in it on the floor, sofa or bed.  My...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-16-2012, 09:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 481
Posted By Fay
You only need about 20 or 30 signs for it to be...

You only need about 20 or 30 signs for it to be a highly effective communication tool.  I used simplified baby signs with my late-talking toddler and it was wonderful.  There is quite a bit of...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-10-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By Fay
It doesn't sound like a developmental delay, it...

It doesn't sound like a developmental delay, it sounds more like low muscle tone, sensory issues and nutrient deficiencies (which can contribute to sensory issues).  My DS2 has a low appetite and...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   07-05-2012, 09:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,434
Posted By Fay
I am not a great housekeeper, but one thing I am...

I am not a great housekeeper, but one thing I am really good at is getting rid of stuff.  I'm always offering stuff to friends on Facebook, donating to community garage sales, freecycling, dropping...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-05-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,616
Posted By Fay
There have been published studies demonstrating...

There have been published studies demonstrating that forcing/telling a child what to say is the least effective method to stimulate speech.  The single most effective method is "maternal imitation,"...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-05-2012, 09:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,289
Posted By Fay
My kids stim to stay awake when they are...

My kids stim to stay awake when they are overtired.  They will even slap their own faces to keep themselves awake.  If they stop moving for 5 minutes, they are sound asleep!  To slow things down,...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   06-27-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By Fay
I've been a SAHM since 2001, and I've never had...

I've been a SAHM since 2001, and I've never had a boring day.  Crazy days, emotionally devastating days, joyful days, roller coaster days, but never a dull moment.  I do a field trip with my kids...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-25-2012, 09:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,616
Posted By Fay
The book "The Parent’s Guide to Speech and...

The book "The Parent’s Guide to Speech and Language Problems" by Debbie Feit summarizes the symptoms and treatments for most speech disorders.  It may still be a good idea to get an evaluation with...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-25-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,020
Posted By Fay
That sounds like stimming, which is not...

That sounds like stimming, which is not completely under his control. It's not a matter of discipline.  He is seeking sensory input.  Your best bet is to re-direct him to a different stim that you...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-08-2012, 08:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By Fay
What are your favorite summer activities for...

What are your favorite summer activities for your kids with special needs?  We do a lot of sensory play at home  - making slime, kiddie pool filled with bubble bath in the backyard, ice bowling,...
Forum: Indiana, Ohio, Michigan   06-07-2012, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 605
Posted By Fay
Check with St. Mary Mercy, too.  At St. Mary's...

Check with St. Mary Mercy, too.  At St. Mary's it may depend on which OB is on call during your birth.  A planned homebirth may be your best option.
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-06-2012, 08:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 520
Posted By Fay
What do you mean by "daydreaming" and he "dozes...

What do you mean by "daydreaming" and he "dozes off?"  Is he responsive while daydreaming?  How long do these episodes last?  That is the primary symptom for petit mal seizures...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-27-2012, 07:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 520
Posted By Fay
Has your BIL been taught not to care?  Is it...

Has your BIL been taught not to care?  Is it learned behavior that is affecting his quality of life?
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-26-2012, 09:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 520
Posted By Fay
Basically, you've adopted a 30 year old with...

Basically, you've adopted a 30 year old with special needs.  Your life has just taken a sharp right turn.  You're still at the beginning of the learning curve.  
 
And you're still angry.  Many of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-26-2012, 08:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By Fay
Thank you!!!  I think I'm going to collect as...

Thank you!!!  I think I'm going to collect as many of these resources as possible and then blog about it to share with other parents.  Please keep the suggestions coming.
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