Posts Tagged "music therapy"

How to get your special needs kiddie to LOVE therapy

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 | 3 comments

How to get your special needs kiddie to LOVE therapy

Tummy time? Hates it. Stretches? Not fun. May is severely disabled but she is not lacking in opinions. So how do we get our kiddies who need therapy to do it, when they hate it? It takes a complete re-think of what therapy is. First, what therapy is not: It is not crammed into every free moment of the day. Children need down time too. They need time to just play (you do too!) and to let all the benefits of therapy sink in. It is not everything and anything because, hey, it can’t hurt. Yes, it can hurt if you are wasting your time and money doing something that has no proven benefit. It...

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5 simple ways to comfort a sensitive child

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 | 1 comment

5 simple ways to comfort a sensitive child

I HATE THIS! …says May in a million ways every day. May has a lot of sensory issues that could limit us if we let them. But, we want to be a part of the world, not locked away in our house every day. When we leave our house, I can’t control the environment – but I have picked up a few tricks that help comfort her. Here is one way to tackle each of the 5 senses: 1. TOUCH – Touch anything wet or cold to your child’s hand before touching it to their face. The face is a very sensitive place and it will be less shocking for them if they feel it first somewhere else....

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Kids all access… the Barbican Arts Centre

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 | 2 comments

Kids all access… the Barbican Arts Centre

Oh, Barbican Arts Centre: you audacious modernist complex, you concrete slabs and jutting angles, you that supplies not one, but six different flavours of ice cream (of which I bought four of today, yum). Oh, Barbican Arts Centre: I think I’m a little bit in love with you. Here’s a brief list of the reasons why: Free parking for Blue Badge holders Free carer ticket to events* Lifts, wide corridors, automatic doors – everywhere Easy access to wheelchair seats – and they are good seats Home to the London Symphony Orchestra – lovelovelove   May has been to...

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I ignored the advice of my daughter’s doctor

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 | 8 comments

I ignored the advice of my daughter’s doctor

Today on the BabyCenter Blog, I discussed how sometimes it is inappropriate for me to follow a doctor’s advice. Not all the time, just sometimes. But, I seem to have unwittingly given lots of paranoid mothers the rationale to not vaccinate their children. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I intended to free myself and other mothers from the burden of choosing for their child the most appropriate solution from a range of medical options, instead I gave mothers the opportunity to explain exactly why their doctors, with all their years of experience, are just a plant to...

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How happy can a half-brained beauty be? (VIDEO)

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 | 4 comments

How happy can a half-brained beauty be? (VIDEO)

Next month, May will be four years old. (Deep breath, people!) Our half-brained beauty has impressed us all with her progress since she was a baby, but what of her happiness? Frequently, people ask me how May is, and I immediately say, “She is very happy.” Many parents must wonder, at the first diagnosis, how this will be at all possible for their little one. I certainly did. If May has achieved anything in her life, it is a great amount of joy. Yes, she has her moments. But, usually they are linked to some kind of pain or illness. Given the severity of her injuries, if May is...

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