Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat!

Buzz Light Year about to go trick or treating with his cousins in Georgia. He did not care one bit about "trick or treat" until I re-phrased it as "walking for chocolate."

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More Writing Fundamentals

We try to incorporate fundamental skills into our day. Here's Jack strengthening his grasp--a skill necessary for both handwriting and brailling. He has to modify the way he holds things because his fingers are different than typical fingers. He loves dried fruit so he is highly motivated to get that fruit out!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Handwriting Fundamentals

We don't know yet how much Jack will be writing versus how much he will be brailling so for now we are working on both handwriting and brailling fundamentals.

To be able to write, there are certain fundamental things you work on first. Straight line tracing is one of the first skills.

Jack is visually impaired so "tracing" a line has to take on a different look. Today I used wiki sticks to form two straight line "templates" for Jack to follow.

First I explained the activity and helped Jack to "trace" the line with his finger. Next, we used a fat blue (color of the day) paint marker to trace the lines.

The line on the left was done with me holding the marker and giving a bit of hand over hand assist. The line on the right was all Jack.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Roll Tide Baby!

Well he's not a baby anymore but he'll always be my baby.

Jack finally rode all the way up to the tunnel and trail I've wanted to show him for ages. It's nice and cool on this 90 degree day and has AWESOME echooooooooooooes.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Please Pray for Natalie

This is not about Jack but completely scary because it could be. Natalie has a craniofacial syndrome similar to Jack's. They share a craniofacial surgeon. Natalie was having her midface surgery--the one we thought Jack was going to need this fall. She began bleeding and required 13 units of blood in a 4 hour period. A body as small as hers only holds about 7 units of blood. It is a miracle that this little girl is still alive. A CT scan yesterday revealed two small bleeds in her brain. She is on a ventilator to assist with her breathing.

Please pray for Natalie and her family. Please pray for the doctors and nurses and various hospital personnel to have not only gentle, loving hands but also wisdom--wisdom to best care for Natalie and wisdom to prevent this from happening again.

Thank you.
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