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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-28-2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 987
Posted By Monkeypants
We too are considering some sort of wheelchair...

We too are considering some sort of wheelchair for my DD, 5. She also is not a strong walker, has poor balance, moves very slowly and tires easily. We use a BOB stroller but she is really too big...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   02-13-2011, 09:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,193
Posted By Monkeypants
Maybe I misunderstood the OP but it seems to me...

Maybe I misunderstood the OP but it seems to me that this child might not have as many special needs as the school thinks she does- perhaps in a different setting, her strengths could shine and her...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-12-2011, 03:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 707
Posted By Monkeypants
I just read this in the Huffington Post- it...

I just read this in the Huffington Post- it might be helpful to you.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/do-milk-and-sugar-cause-a_b_822163.html
 
Doctors don't tend to know a lot about...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   02-12-2011, 02:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,193
Posted By Monkeypants
I just had to chime in here as I think I may be...

I just had to chime in here as I think I may be coming from different perspective. Even though your DD has been tested and evaluated and may indeed have issues with learning/attention and possibly...
Forum: Unschooling   02-01-2011, 03:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,366
Posted By Monkeypants
Just wanted to chime in that it took my DD until...

Just wanted to chime in that it took my DD until this year (age 10) to enjoy reading and do it on her own for pleasure. She could sound out words and read when I forced her, but she finally "got it"...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   01-08-2011, 05:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 505
Posted By Monkeypants
My DD has very short partial complex seizures....

My DD has very short partial complex seizures. She is unmedicated and the seizures do not seem to affect her too much. Over-all her development is progressing well and the seizures don't seem to set...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   12-15-2010, 05:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,417
Posted By Monkeypants
You have gotten so much good advise from...

You have gotten so much good advise from everyone and I especially think Pregnant@40 had so many great insights into your situation. I just wanted to point out that school is not "the real world"....
Forum: Unschooling   12-05-2010, 06:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,289
Posted By Monkeypants
I have an almost 10 year old DD who has been...

I have an almost 10 year old DD who has been unschooled her whole life. She also has not developed any all-consuming interests as of yet. She spends her days listening to books, drawing, playing...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-13-2010, 12:27 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 7,182
Posted By Monkeypants
Honestly I wouldn't even worry about it. I would...

Honestly I wouldn't even worry about it. I would be much more concerned if he was drinking a lot. If you have a problem with it in the house (which is sounds like you do) make that clear. He's going...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-11-2010, 02:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,422
Posted By Monkeypants
So many good suggestions! My DD seeks a lot of...

So many good suggestions! My DD seeks a lot of proprioceptive input. I made her a weighted blanket and she sleeps under it every night- it has made a HUGE difference for her. Also, we bought a BIG...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-11-2010, 01:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,420
Posted By Monkeypants
Going to the neurologist is a good first step-...

Going to the neurologist is a good first step- you will most likely know a lot more after your appointment. Good Luck!!!
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-17-2010, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By Monkeypants
NAK- wow- i never thought the weather could have...

NAK- wow- i never thought the weather could have any impact, but that makes sense!
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-12-2010, 10:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By Monkeypants
I think she is OK; no nausea, vomiting or head...

I think she is OK; no nausea, vomiting or head pain. She was just fussy and sleepy today and didn't eat well. She always has wacky eyes and they were particularly all over the place today, probably...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-12-2010, 02:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By Monkeypants
Does anyone on this forum have or have a child...

Does anyone on this forum have or have a child with a shunt and has it ever malfunctioned? What were the symptoms you or your child experienced and when did you call the neurosurgeon? How long...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-05-2010, 07:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 810
Posted By Monkeypants
Wow- your most recent post made my day- I'm so...

Wow- your most recent post made my day- I'm so glad I could help!!!http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-01-2010, 03:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 810
Posted By Monkeypants
I think you should explore sensory integration...

I think you should explore sensory integration disorder. Several things in your post made me think sensory stuff is going on with your son. The seems in his socks bother him, he's a picky eater, he...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   02-24-2010, 08:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,079
Posted By Monkeypants
I agree with all the other people who have...

I agree with all the other people who have replied to this post, especially the first commenter. We go to a children's hospital (Boston) and I just want you to know that all the doctors and nurses...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-08-2010, 10:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,150
Posted By Monkeypants
Just wanted to chime in here...probiotics are...

Just wanted to chime in here...probiotics are pretty important, since he's been on antibiotics twice- he needs to replace the friendly bacteria that was killed by the antibiotics. You need to get a...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   02-05-2010, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 299
Posted By Monkeypants
Hi! The formula I used was 10% body weight pus...

Hi!
The formula I used was 10% body weight pus 1 lb. I made my DD a weighted blanket using these guidelines- it came out great and I am not really a very good sewer (very little experience).
...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-23-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,084
Posted By Monkeypants
It could be sensory-related. My middle DD has...

It could be sensory-related. My middle DD has huge meltdowns and out-of-control behavior and it is totally linked to her "sensory diet". Check out "The Out-Of-Sync Child" from the library or borrow...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-19-2010, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By Monkeypants
Hi I teach a music education program for...

Hi
I teach a music education program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and often get questions from parents about when and how to start formal music lessons with their kids. It's really...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   01-18-2010, 11:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,439
Posted By Monkeypants
My DD has had several brain MRI's and she needed...

My DD has had several brain MRI's and she needed IV sedation until she was 2. Now she had oral sedation (she gets an MRI every year to monitor the giant cyst in her brain). Since she was (is)...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   01-05-2010, 11:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 196
Posted By Monkeypants
MY DD had one seizure and was on Keppra for a...

MY DD had one seizure and was on Keppra for a year- with diastat for emergencies. We pushed for her to go off keppra and the neurologist took her off after a year of being seizure-free. Now it has...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-17-2009, 07:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,668
Posted By Monkeypants
Hi My dd has a rare brain malformation and...

Hi
My dd has a rare brain malformation and still does not walk at almost 3 yo. She can scoot around and can stand with assistance and take a few, stiff-legged steps. We have no idea if she will be...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   09-22-2009, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By Monkeypants
He could just be having a growth spurt that is...

He could just be having a growth spurt that is disrupting his sleep. My oldest didn't sleep through the night until she was 3 1/2. I night-weaned her at around 18 months in the hopes that she would...
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