65 Roses Day

Today the 27th, is 65 Roses Day for Cystic Fibrosis NSW. Cystic Fibrosis is the most common recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children. CF  affects a number of organs in the body (especially the lungs and pancreas) by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus. It can cause irreversible lung damage, digestion problems, and can be life threatening. Presently there is no cure, but scientists are working on a cure after identifying the faulty gene. 65 Roses merchandise is being sold throughout  the community to raise much needed funds to continue working towards a cure.

MS Awareness

Today heralds the beginning of MS Awareness Week – 25th may – 5th June.  Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system and can over time, and to varying degrees,  interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. This can affect motor skills, sensory and cognitive functions.

MS is an unpredictable diease that affects the lives of  approximately 18,000 Australians. There is still no known cause or cure.

Coming soon…

There will be new products arriving soon – yay!  They will include award winning Moody Bands, Visual Memory games, and more.  The long awaited Sloping Writing Boards should be arriving soon too….It has been longer than anticipated, but it should be this week. There will of course be an announcement when all of these items arrive, so stay tuned.

May already?

I look at the date at the bottom of this screen and I can’t believe it is May already. Where have the last 5 months gone? Is it just me or is this year really zooming by? 

May already. May brings Naplan at school, and today my middle child is one of the thousands starting Naplan testing across the country. He will have extra time and extra help, but I’m still not quite confident he will finish. I don’t mind, and he certainly doesn’t seem to. I haven’t placed any pressure on him (thankfully either has his teacher), or any real importance on Naplan, but have encouraged him to just try. He’s not very happy that he has to do it, not because he is feeling pressure or stress, not because he is worried he won’t know the answers or won’t have time to finish, but because he thinks it is ‘boring’. Even getting a week off homework couldn’t excite him about Naplan.

This is the first time I have experienced Naplan – my eldest was exempt from doing it. Her anxiety levels are already very high doing regular school work, and the powers that be (in consultation with myself) decided that she wasn’t ready to experience that kind of testing yet.  While they considered exempting my son the teachers and I  ultimately thought he would cope ok (with support), and it would be good for him to experience a test situation, to get him used to it before the pressure of important exams begins in the years to come. I hope we’re right!  We place a lot of trust in our childrens teachers, and schools – they are the ones with the years of experience dealing with all things educational. However, don’t forget, you know your child best, don’t forget to trust your own instincts too.

Moving away from Naplan….May is a really busy Month for events, as was April. Have a look at our Events and News page to see all that is happening for the rest of this month.   May also brought Mothers Day – so Happy belated Mothers Day to all you mums out there, who make such a difference in your childs life just by being you! I hope you had a fantastic day with your children!

May will also see many new products heading to Special Needs 4 Special Needs, such as the highly anticipated Sloping Writing boards, some new sensory products and products to help recognise emotions. Of course I will make an announcement when they arrive. The Sloping Writing Boards were expected before Easter, however it seems they will now be here next week.

Also recently added were the ‘Scootles” scooters. These scooters are great for anyone who can’t pedal for whatever reason, or has physical limitations. All you need to make them go is a side to side action with the arms (and legs) which doesn’t require a lot of effort. This could mean that many children who are normally restricted in their activity could join in the fun of scootering with their friends or siblings. These are a very limited item – sold  on a  ’first in best dressed’ basis.

Well, that’s it for today. I will keep you all updated when the new products arrive.

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Fiona

Diversional Therapy

This week 9-15th May is Diversional Therapy Awareness week. This week aims to raise awareness of Diversional Therapy to other health professionals, students and the public, and the role Diversional Therapy can play in healthcare.

Diversional therapy practitioners work with people of all ages and abilities to design and facilitate leisure and recreation programmes which  are designed to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical well being of individuals.  This is especially beneficial for those in nursing home situations or with physical or mental contraints.