Blog – little achievements

Isn’t it amazing how much joy you can get from little achievements?  When I say ‘little’ achievements, they may be little or insignificant to someone else – not really something to be celebrated, but to the parent or carer of a child with special needs or unique challenges, they are often a really big deal.

The latest ‘little’ achievement in our house is nose blowing.  My 8 year daughter has finally learnt to blow her nose, not with much force as yet, but it’s blowing all the same.  Now this may not sound very exciting, or much of an achievement, but for her, getting her brain to co-ordinate with her body in a way that will expel air (and pretty gross gooey stuff too) out of her nose is a big deal. 

This is a result of  a LOT of Occupational Therapy, over a period of  nearly 4 years.  Of course OT has not just been about getting her to blow her nose, but it’s one of the things that has been a side product of another objective.  And recently, when she made that first little bit of air come out of her nose, I nearly cried!  She looked at me and smiled,  with a mixture of surprise and pride.  What an achievement!!!

Nose blowing isn’t her greatest achievement by a long shot.  Changing everything in our lives, lots of OT and Speech and hard work at home, have resulted in great things – like holding a pencil and fork,  communication (although we still have a long way to go with that),  looking at someone – these are huge! But Icouldn’t believe how much joy I got from a simple gesture – like blowing a nose.

Most people would find this quite ridiculous I guess – “What’s the big deal? It’s blowing a nose!” . But until you have  had a child (or in my case, 2) who struggles with so much of the everyday stuff that most people take forgranted, you’ll never truly understand how wonderful these ‘little’  achievements can be.

So remember today, (as I’m sure you already do) to take pride and relish in the joy that these little achievements bring you – because you know just much effort has gone into them. I’d love to hear about the ‘little’ achievements of other people’s children too – feel free to send me a message or leave a comment.

Have a wonderful day!

Fiona :)

New products

Today I have added more new product to the website. Available now – Budget Home Routine Organiser. Designed to make life a little easier for the child who has trouble organising themselves, remembering what they are doing, or those who don’t cope well with unexpected events. Available in our Products page.

Coming soon will also be scooter boards, washable weighted bags, and feeding aids….and more!

Events

If you know of any fundraising events or special days coming up for any of the wonderful organisations out there who support, encourage, and raise awareness of special needs individuals, please let me know, and I will add them to the events calendar here on the website.

Blog – ‘Slap in the face’ moments

‘Slap in the face’ moments – I’m sure most of you who visit this website would understand what I’m talking about.  The first ’slap in the face’ moment is usually when you receive a diagnosis for your child.  Your whole world is turned upside down, and you go through a sort of grieving process, where the life you had hoped for for your child is suddenly just a dream, and the reality of what life will be like for your child (and the rest of your family too), ’slaps you in the face’.

This subject came up for me the other day when I was talking to a friend of mine who has a child with Angelmans Syndrome. She was having one of those ’slap in the face’ moments with her beautiful daughter.

When you are pregnant and asked about the baby, you always tend to say to people the old cliche “Don’t care about anything but  baby being healthy’. You have visions of your baby doing all those things that babies should, like crawling and walking and goo-ing and gaa-ing. You imagine their first words, the first time they go to a birthday party, starting school, playing sport, having sleepovers, learning to drive, getting married, and having babies of their own one day. Then all of a sudden, with one diagnosis, that ‘normal’ life that you’d hoped for them seems to disappear in front of your eyes.

After a while, that feeling may fade a bit, as you get on with life. But every now and then you’ll have one of those moments, a ’slap in the face’ moment, where all those feelings come flooding back. It may be as simple as seeing another child hug their parent (that always does it for me), clapping their hands or taking a step, and the realisation that your child may never do those things hits you again like a ton of bricks. And while I try not to dwell on those things that my kids may never do, and try to focus on all they can do and have achieved so far, I still have those ’slap in the face’ moments.

Ever feel like that?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone. So, if you’re having one of those days, or one of those moments, just know that there are lots of other people going through the same thing.  I find that going to a support group really helps, to talk to and meet other people who are dealing with, and going through the same things that I am. For anyone who doesn’t go to a local support group, it’s a good thing to consider. Feeling supported and understood really can help when you’re having those bad moments.

Hoping everyone has a ’slap in the face’ free day today!!!

Fiona :)

Products coming soon…

Scooter boards can help develop gross motor skills and co-ordination, while strengthening muscles. They can be used by the child either sitting or laying on them and propelling themselves around.  These scooter boards will come with non-marking wheels, so will be great for indoor use.

Scooter board

Scooter board

Product of the month…

The product of the month for October is: Yoropen pencils.  Yoropens were designed by Mr Liu whose twin daughters suffer from cerebral palsy. He wanted a pen that would help them overcome their writing difficulties.  The design of the Yoropens means fingers won’t slip down the pencil, more visual space is created so the writer can clearly see what they are writing, and it is suitable for left or right handers by adjusting the grip.  This results in less tired and strained hands, as using the Yoropen requires less pressure than a conventional pencil. Yoropens are a great solution for any person with writing or motor skill difficulties, poor muscle tone,  left handers, the elderly, or those just learning to write.  Available in our products page, refills also available.

Hello and Welcome!

Hello Australia!!!  Welcome to Special Needs 4 Special Needs.  Week 2 of business, and I’ve had a wonderful response to the website and the business.  I hope you will find helpful products here, at a price you can afford, with plenty more to come in the future – watch this space! And don’t forget to tell your friends  :)