Blog – Lots on

Here we are at the end of March – a quarter of the way through the year already! March has been a busy month, there have been a lot of events and awareness days and weeks this month.  For instance, WA had their Muscular Dystrophy Awareness month in March,  World Downs Syndrome Day was celebrated on the 21st,  National Batten Disease Awareness day is the 31st, ‘Buy a Butterfly’ Month started the 29th and goes through til the endof April, as well as Orthoptics Awareness week, and that’s just to name a few. April and May look set to be just as busy.

April kicks off with World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd – wear blue for the day to show your support for those affected in some way by Autism. There are events being held across the country, and everyone is encouraged to wear blue.

April also hosts ‘Heart week’ beginning on the 3rd, World Guide Dog day on the 28th, World Wish Day on the 29th, and rounds off the month with Dress Differently Day for Autism Queensland.  Phew…and that’s not all either, but these are the events relevant to this website. Did you know there is a ‘Pillow Fight Day’ in April?  I didn’t either til today, and I’m still not sure what it’s all about (apart from the obvious).   

Apart from all the events this month, I am hoping to secure some new products – such as more feeding aids, oral sensory tools, springback scissors etc. I will keep you posted on how that progresses. It is exciting to see the website slowly growing and having more products regularly, but I have a thousand more I would like to offer on this site – and I will get there! I recently had an enquiry regarding slanted writing boards, and I am currently trying to find a supplier or manufacturer that is affordable – they are very expensive for what they are, and I’m hoping to find a better deal for my customers!

Thanks to those who came to the recent Family Extravaganza in Brisbane. It was a great event, a great chance for people to see, touch and buy products without paying for postage! 

To all the wonderful parents, carers and special needs kids out there – Have a very Happy Easter – I hope the bunny is very generous! Enjoy the break from school, and relax, refresh and rejuvenate!

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It’s been a little while since my last blog - I gave in to the craziness of life and the blog was neglected…until today!  Here we are nearly at the end of March, nearly the end of the first school term. I hope you parents and carers and your special children have survived fairly unscathed by the first chaotic term of school. 

My own children have been very up and down at school – though are now benefitting from having a  brand new SE Unit block at their school.  My ASD son has been struggling  – struggling with his hyperactivity, his sensory issues, and social ineptitude. His teacher has been struggling with his ‘non-compliance’ and his inability to focus and remain undistracted.  My ASD daughter has been coping slightly better than my son so far this year. There are the usual struggles for her, like her anxiety, sensory issues etc, and her Auditory Processing Difficulties do not make life any easier for her.

 Thankfully, the Special Needs Co-ordinator at our school has secured (borrowed) a special microphone and headphones set for her and her teacher – which should make hearing what’s going on in the classroom a lot clearer. We’re then hoping it will help with her struggle with understanding the words, language and concepts of many of the subjects.  We’re very thankful for this, as to buy these sets costs around $3000 +, something out of our reach.  Thinking about helpful people, equipment and opportunities to help special needs kids leads me to my next topic…

A few weeks ago I was walking through my local shopping centre, and was thrilled to come across a couple of lovely ladies who were there to promote the opening of a new child care centre. So what? I hear you say , there are a thousand child care centres out there.  I was thrilled because this was no ordinary child care centre.  This particular Early Learning Centre is called ‘Ablecare’, and it is childcare specifically for special needs!

‘Ablecare’ was established by a physiotherapist to provide therapy, support and educational programs for children and adults with disabilities. It is privately owned, and like regular daycare, families may  be eligible for the Child Care Benefit.  Immediately I thought ‘Where was this when my children were younger???’  I was so happy that a service like this was now available!  What a relief for parents who need to work but found regular childcare was not an viable option, for whatever reason. 

Childcare for a special needs child can be hard to find, there’s a lot involved, including trying to get funding for an aide. I know this isn’t a brand new concept, but it’s wonderful to know that  there are now several locations where there is a service which is meeting the very real demands of a large community of people. My special needs children are now school age, and I don’t need before or after school care for them, but it is very comforting to know that if my situation changed and I needed that service, that it is available, in my local area. Fantastic!   Disability services are slowly growing, let’s hope it continues, for all those many people who need it.

Have a great day!

For Brisbane residents

For those of you in Brissy, Special Needs 4 Special Needs will be operating a stall on Sunday 21st March at the Family market Extravaganza at MacGregor State Primary School (McCulloch Rd, Sunnybank) between 1:30-5:30pm. So come along and have a look at all our products, and the many other stalls that will be there on the day – including baby and kids products, craft etc.  Save yourself on postage and come on down and buy direct. Hope to see you there!

New products!

I have just added 2 new products to the website. Visit our Products page to take a look at the new Pull String vibrating Critters and the Leaping Frog game and all the other great products currently available.

Orthoptics Awareness week

Today, the 9th of March, marks the beginning of Orthoptics Awareness Week.  Eye health is so important – is it time to get your eyes checked?