Back to school blog

Well, the countdown is on until the first day back at school. Many parents out there are rejoicing – many kids are too,  but I am actually sad to see the end of the holidays, and my school age kids are already stressed about returning to school.

For our family, school holidays are a time of  less stress and anxiety, less running around from appointment to appointment, less demands both mentally and physically, and this leads to fewer meltdowns and happier children. Yay! Of course, this also means that my 3 children are at home together at the same time, and this leads to countless fights and squabbles over insignificant things, but none the less, they are happier.

Now it’s only days before the whole huge, overwhelming, stressful, scary, confusing school year starts, along with all the other things that go with it like Speech Therapy and OT etc. So, I’m trying to prepare them as much as I can, talking about what to expect, the positive things to look forward to, the good things about going back to school etc.

They are excited about the new shoes and new books, new glue sticks and pencils, but that’s where the excitement finishes. So, along with preparing them, I’m also preparing myself  so I can help them deal with all their fears, anxieties, stresses, concentration troubles, physical or motor skill challenges, and anything else that comes along. The school year seems to drag on for all of us, because it is such a huge challenge. But, we keep plodding along, and we get through it, with a lot of therapy and helpful tools along the way. My kids will be armed with lots of things to help them in the classroom as much as possible, to make their days a little easier.

There are lots of products available on this website that may help kids in the classroom. Writing aids such as the Yoropens and Pencil grips, weighted lap bags and shoulder bags to aid with concentration and calming, bag tags to help remind kids of what to put in their bags, fidget toys, and more. Have a look at the Products page to see what might help your child, to make their lives a little easier in the classroom.

Good luck to everyone with special needs kids about to go back to school. Let’s hope they get all the support they need this year, and have a truly enjoyable year.

Fiona

Pricing reductions

Thanks to the strong Aussie dollar providing a great exchange rate, I am pleased to announce that the prices of  The Pencil Grip range have been reduced! Yes, you read right, reduced. In a bid to continually offer the best prices possible the savings are passed on to you the customer. Prices will change on this website according to the strength of the Aus dollar,  that way you don’t need to be charged the highest price to cover chance slumps in the Aus dollar, so lets hope its stays strong for a long time to come!

Blog – first blog of the year

Happy New Year wonderful people out there!  Let’s hope the year ahead brings us all happiness and health, and lots of fun along the way!

After having just returned from a lovely holiday in a cabin by the beach, I am reminded of the extra challenges involved when holidaying with a child (or children) with special needs. That is, if you dare to holiday at all…

We always try to holiday in the quieter times, never in peak periods when everything is a lot more crowded and busy, even at Christmas we go away before the Boxing day rush – that’s when we’re usually leaving. Once upon a time we didn’t holiday, or even go out, at all. Now our holidays aren’t as complicated as having to accomodate wheelchairs or specialist equipment, as some of you would have to  – and that would be a real challenge. Our challenges come in the form of hypersensitivity to light, temperature, touch, smell and taste, an aversion to crowds and sand (difficult when you are holidaying at the beach), overstimulation and hyperactivity, and the unpredictability of mother nature (she doesn’t stick to a routine- and that can be a problem). 

However, we are getting fairly practised at dealing with these things, and trying to avoid some of them where possible without diminishing the fun of the holiday for everyone else. So, while we may not have a ‘normal’ type of holiday (from an outsiders point of view) full of spontaneity and excitement, we still manage to have a holiday, and make it as good as we can with the challenges that are presented to us. And as long as we all come home with happy memories, then all the extra ‘work’ that goes into our holiday is so worth it! I hope you all made happy memories over the Christmas period, and make many more througout this new year!

Fiona :)