Thursday, March 31, 2011

How LOUD Are You?



Every once in a while, you meet someone that you really connect with.
Someone who seems to have the exact same thing in mind that you do.
Someone that could very well be your long-lost sister separated at birth!

Well, we are about 15yrs apart age wise, so the separated-at-birth theory goes out the window in this case.
But I have had the chance to exchange emails with her and do a little interview as well.
And I want you to meet her.
Listen to her.
Follow her wherever you can.

She's loud.
She's a Mommy.
And she's on a mission: to have a loud voice in a silent world.

And now, without further delay......please let me introduce you to Tara...AKA "Loud Mommy"!
(Screams from the crowd as the crowd goes wild!!!!!)

AM: How did the name "Loud Mommy" come about? LM "First off, thank you so much for this opportunity to be interviewed and show my face on your fantastic blog! The name Loudmommy happened because of two reasons. I knew what I wanted to accomplish but I also knew that it had to have a catchy name to go along with my mission. Since my son is nonverbal as a result of his autism and apraxia, I am constantly his voice to therapists, doctors, his school, etc. As a result of being his advocate, I'm often times "Loud" on his behalf. I will do whatever it takes to get my son what he needs and I knew I was not the only Mom out there who had this goal in their field of vision. My other thought process was since my son IS nonverbal, my home can be very quiet. I'm constantly talking and singing to my little guy with the hopes that he will want to babble back! So this mommy is Loud in more ways then one!"

AM: What are your mission or goals for your website? LM: "Our website's primary focus at this time is towards mom's with autistic, apraxic and non-verbal children. My short term goals are to grow awareness of our group both online, locally and nationally. Big dreams I know! My website is unique I believe in the sense that I want to have as many guest LoudMommies as possible. I think that its so important that we glean information from one another both on how we survive our day to day and also the knowledge and comfort in knowing that we are NOT alone. One of my big break through moments after my son's diagnosis was reading a book on Autism and realizing "Hey! I'm not the only one!" and my goal is to make the website as real and down to earth as possible. A shoulder to cry on, voices to cheer you on and tips on how to approach certain situations. Aside from that, one of our HUGE focuses is the iPad. The iPad is an amazing tool for communication for nonverbal, autistic and apraxic children and I think this is information that is just now being spread through out our communities. We want to provide information on the iPad, the apps and we are fund-raising to provide them for families who can't afford the entire package either!"

AM: Tell me about the child(ren) in your life and how they relate to your mission.
LM: "Grady! He is my one and only! He was born 10 weeks premature and weighed 3 pounds 14 ounces, 15 inches long. From the moment I looked at him laying in his little incubator, I knew there was something special about my little guy. At around 18 months, my husband and I made the deal that if he wasn't speaking by two we would bring him in to be evaluated and sure enough, I made the call the day after his birthday. July 14th, 2010 Grady was diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorder. Last December I heard about the iPad and the amazing applications it had to offer as far as communication was concerned and I knew I wanted to have it for my son. I wanted to have that chance to communicate with my child, to talk, to chat. So I did an online fundraiser and the money was raised in less then 48 hours. We immediately went out and purchased his iPad and our lives changed. Grady is the love of my life and my inspiration. I want other moms to have this chance to "speak" with their kids if they can't afford it. I want moms to have the support, strength and unity in number of other parents who are going through the same thing. Its a hard road to walk, but if we do it together it makes it all the better!"

AM: What plans do you have for the future of LoudMommy.com
LM: "The future for LoudMommy in my mind is bright! We have many fundraisers planned including our biggest one of the year which will be a 5K on August 6th in Peoria on the Riverfront. We have many small fundraisers planned too. Everything going towards purchasing iPads for families who couldn't otherwise afford them. As of this week, we just teamed with Easter Seals and LoudMommy will be doing some iPad App Training Seminars at their location in Peoria, IL. I hope this aspect of LoudMommy takes off as well. I want to help as many families as possible communicate with their child. I know how heartbreaking it is to not have this with your little one. So I am thrilled Easter Seals reached out to us and we are going to be doing this!"

AM: How did you come up with the logo for your site and what is the meaning behind it?
LM: "When I had the idea for the name LoudMommy, my first thought was Mega phone. Sometimes that is what I want when I am talking to doctors...or even people at the grocery store. Ha ha! But when I started work on the logo I wanted people to draw the connection to autism as well, hence the puzzle piece. At this point, its still a work in progress. I'm not 100% pleased with it. Ha ha! Who knows if I ever will be but I really want a fantastic logo!"

AM: What current fundraisers are you working on? LM: "Our current fundraiser is Sing for the Silent: A Musical Revue that is coming up in less then two days! Ah! So excited! Its being held at Peoria Players Theater. If we sell out, every single ticket we will be able to purchase at LEAST 5 iPads. I'm hoping for donations too, plus we have some fantastic raffle baskets as well. Our cast is amazing, the theater is wonderful...its simply marvelous! What can I say? I just hope we sell out!"

AM: How else can people learn about you (Facebook, Twitter, etc...)?
LM: "We are on Facebook and we really would love to up our fan base on there! Check out Loud Mommy Facebook Page here! Our website is LoudMommy.com and actually just launched this past week is LoudMommy Message Boards! I really hope these take off because its an excellent way for Moms to talk! LoudMommy Message Boards. You can also follow me on Twitter!"

AM: What is your ultimate goal for LoudMommy.com? LM: "Ultimately? Now we are delving into the deep recesses of Tara's soul. Ha ha! I want to see LoudMommy be bigger then this. Be bigger then Autism and Apraxia. There are so many LoudMommies out there. This is just my passion and my small corner of the map. I want to see LoudMommy cover so many areas like down syndrome, cerebal palsy, mental retardation and more. I want to see LoudMommy advocate for the mother advocates out there. But I don't know if that is a mom dreaming big or a mom being inspired by the adoration she sees in a mother's eyes when she looks at her special needs child. There is nothing like it. Its spine chilling. And I love it. "

Well, there ya have it, folks!
Isn't she awesome?
Now, since you are done reading this interview, go find her and follow her!

BE LOUD!!!!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Break?

I wish this is what our Spring Break was like!
Lazy days.
Sleeping in.
Chillin' out.
Relaxing.

Hardly.

Instead, these two kiddos wake up at 6:45am.
Every morning.
Grab their respective Leapster Explorers.
And jump in my bed.

Yes. I am awake at 6:46am.
Every morning.

And our days have been filled with numerous doctor appointments and planning for upcoming surgeries and sick kids and runny noses and obstructed ear tubes and enlarged tonsils and slight fevers and sitting in a car for hours as we travel from one place to the next.

I think I (we) need a break from our Spring Break.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday Top Ten


10. Spring Break! Need I say more?

9. A good report card for Kaitlyn's 3rd quarter.

8. Continued progress with speech therapy.

7. A lazy school SLP. Need I say more? Thank God for our awesome private SLP!

6. A girl with a head cold and boy with a "mystery rash". *sigh*

5. Waking up at 6:45 am this week by the sound of two Leapster Explorers powering up. Guys, it's Spring Break!

4. Headed to the ENT today, praying for patent PE tubes.

3. The brave decision that I made to take both kids out to lunch...by myself...keep me in your thoughts!

2. Shoe shopping!

1. I love my kids!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Phonetics, Reading, and Apraxia


Once I get on a kick about something, it encompasses my entire day.
I have a feeling that my meeting next week Tuesday isn't going to go over very well.

Oh well.

Which means, I will be calling an IEP Meeting.

Yep! That's gonna piss a few people off!

And last night, Mark and I had a long talk about what we expect from both our daughter and her school.
Nothing like adding a little ticked-off testosterone to a meeting, huh?
They thought they had it rough with me...they haven't seen Dad in a bad mood at a meeting.
Yes, I just exposed my secret weapon!

So, in the meantime, I purchased a book.
Well, a few books.
Did I mention that I LOVE Amazon.com???

The Road to the Code: A Phonological Awareness Program for Young Children is my recent purchase.
"For helping kindergartners and first graders who are having difficulty on their early literacy skills, Road to the Code is a successful, 11-week program for teaching phonemic awareness and letter sound correspondence. Developmentally sequenced, each of the 44 15-20-minute lessons features three activities — Say-It-and-Move-It, Letter Name and Sound Instruction, and Phonological Awareness Practice — that give students repeated opportunities to practice and enhance their beginning reading and spelling abilities. Road to the Code is backed by more than 10 years of study in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms."

Oh, there are a few more Amazon.com purchases that have been made.
I guess it is yet another hat that I will be wearing in a few weeks!
Anything that will help my child be the best that they can be!

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Apraxia and Literacy


This topic is something that has been on my mind for several weeks now.

Will my daughter with apraxia have the same struggles in reading as she does with speech?
Will she be behind academically?
Will we need to seek out a specialist to tutor her?
What will happen once she is mainstreamed next year?

A Mom that I met (who by the way is AWESOME!) has two children who have had speech issues or are struggling with speech issues now.
And, being the Reading Specialist that she is (see....I told you she was AWESOME!), she is loaded with great info and tips.

She uses the book "YES! Day" as a means of promoting speech and literacy.
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, "YES! Day" is a wonderful tool to entice your child to read along with you!

"The word no is ubiquitous in kids’ lives. Rosenthal imagines what it would be like if for just one day adults said yes to everything children asked. The young protagonist poses a series of questions, which are answered in humorous illustrations. “Can I use your hair gel?” the child asks. A flip of the page shows the family posing for a photo with the kid’s hair in spiky triangles. The exuberant cartoon drawings take the child through the day, from pizza for breakfast to picking out junk food at the store to staying up really late. Young readers will pick up on a street sign declaring “No saying no.” The highlight of the book comes from the somber blue endpapers, which feature a monthly calendar that names a litany of days including No Way, Jose Day; Don’t Even Ask Day; and Ixnay Ayday (for pig-latinophiles). Sophisticated and clever, the calendar has a splash of yellow on the last day that proclaims “Yes Day!”
An unnamed boy cheerfully explains his favorite day of the year—Yes Day—as he makes his way through it. He tells readers to watch and see as his every request is granted—pizza for breakfast, hair gel, an ice-cream cone, a food fight, a dinner guest—all that and more. Lichtenheld's bright and funny cartoons bring the story to life, with character expressions that are right on the mark. Endpapers show a calendar filled with familiar and amusing ways to say "no" that are heard on a daily basis, with the exception, of course, on Yes Day.

Click here to see one of her blog posts and how she incorporates reading and therapy with her own children!

You can find more books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal here

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Special Needs Websites


This is not a blog post, per se, on what is going on in my world.
I want to know what is going on in your world.

Where do you go for answers?
What are some of your favorite blogs that you read?
What are some of your favorite sites that you frequent?

If you look at the right side of my blog, you will find an alphabetized list of my favorite sites for special needs issues.
So help me out and help me add to this list.

What are your fave sites?

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Funny Money!


One of Kaitlyn's goals on her IEP is to identify coins and assign the appropriate monetary amount.
Well, she has already mastered this.
Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills.
We have quizzed her numerous times on "How much is a penny worth?" vs "What coin equals five cents?"
She answers corrently!
Yesterday, she was quietly by herself when I heard this:

"Penny! A penny is one cent!"

"Nickel! A nickel is five cents!"

So I chimed in:
"Kate, how much is a dime?"
"Ten cents!"
"Good job! Now how much is a quarter?"

She stopped for a brief moment, then announced in a giggle "That's a big number! I'm a smart cookie!"

Yes, Kaitlyn, that is a big number and you are a smart cookie!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday Top Ten


10. A wonderful birthday last week!

9. A teeny, tiny taste of spring....now, we return you back to your winter programming. Brrr!

8. Positive info coming from Kaitlyn's teachers.

7. Kaitlyn participating more and more in the gen ed setting.

6. A sobering statistic: 75% of children with apraxia have dyslexia. *gulp*

5. Our upcoming Spring Break!

4. More and more progress from both kiddos on the speech front.

3. A sassy daughter getting into a "spat" with a babysitting Grandma. Not good.

2. More and more support from the media on apraxia.

1. I love my kids!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

This Moment...

...She is just another child.
...She is enrolled in a swim class.
...She is working just as hard as the other students.
...She is enjoying every little success.
...She is my little hero.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mainstreaming and My Gut

Should I listen to my gut?
Should I mainstream Kaitlyn sooner than later?
At our last IEP Meeting In Jan 2011, the team mentioned Jan 2012 as a potential goal date.
I freaked a bit.
Then thought about it.
Then thought some more.
Then got it together.
Then thought Sept 2012 would be better for her than mid-year.

Now I find myself wondering: is NOW too soon?

Are they challenging her enough?
Is the bar set too low?

I have a meeting set for Tuesday.
I may eat a school SLP for breakfast, in fact.

Hey school SLP: let's raise that damn bar already!

This Mama's gut is talking and its talking pretty loud!
Can you hear it??

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Son is a Mime Now




So my son is trying to throw a monkey wrench in our speech therapy progress.
He is such the comedian, isn't he!
There are days that it is hard enough to work with two kids with speech and language issues.
Please don't make my job any harder, my little boy!
The other day, as he and I were finishing lunch, he began talking to me....with no voice.

Yes, no voice.

Just moving his lips.

I had the feeling that he was doing something with his mouth but I was too busy finishing my sandwich to pay attention.
Then, I looked at him.

He was moving his mouth, but there was no sound.

And he kept moving it the same way....over and over.

I finally figured out what he was trying to say: I want donut.

Just for the record, the kid had 3 donut holes prior to lunch, and I told him that he wasn't having anymore.

But he kept "miming" to me: I want donut.
Over.
And over.
And over.

Then I thought to myself...I can play this game, too!

So I "mimed" my answer back to him: NO!

Yep, I put that little mime back in his imaginary box.
Haven't seen him since!
Good riddance!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's My Day!


It is going to be over 50 degrees in Chicago today.
The sun is shining.
There is no breeze.
My husband is working from home today.
It's Daddy-Day for the kids.

And today is my birthday.

I am taking the day off.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday Top Ten


10. Spring is on the way!

9. More swimming success!

8. Speech therapy that really works! I love progress!

7. Hearing my daughter have the confidence to answer questions in gen ed!

6. 42% inclusion.

5. A new plan for reading and literacy.

4. Andrew learning 40 sight words in one month! Go, Andrew!

3. Kaitlyn's best buddy leaving her class because he is being mainstreamed. Sad for Kate but so happy for him!

2. My birthday is tomorrow......

1. I love my kids!

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Good SLP...

...listens to your concerns...
...emails you almost immediately after her plane lands from the east coast on Sunday evening...
...gives you her most honest opinion...
...and has a plan when you walk into her office on Monday afternoon.
Yep, we are blessed!
Thanks, Miss M.!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Our Number is 42....What's Yours?


So yesterday I asked you to pick a number between zero and one hundred.
Our number is 42.

Actually, it's Kaitlyn's number.

And this number refers to the percentage of time that she spends in a general education setting.
No big deal you say, right?
Well, it IS a big deal when you do the math and find your child creeping up on the magic number of "60".

In this case (and in our school district), a child who is spending 60% of his/her day in a general ed setting is capable of being mainstreamed into that gen ed setting.
Right now, she is in a self-contained classroom.
But the "least restrictive environment" may no longer be that self-contained classroom.
Maybe it is the general education classroom with supportive services such as speech, OT and PT.

Yes, this is when they blew me away with their talk of mainstreaming Kaitlyn next year at our last IEP Meeting.

Mainstreaming in the context of education is a term that refers to the practice of educating students with special needs in regular classes during specific time periods based on their skills. This means regular education classes are combined with special education classes. Schools that practice mainstreaming believe that special needs students who cannot function in a regular classroom to a certain extent "belong" to the special education environment.

Access to a special education classroom, often called a "self-contained classroom or resource room", is valuable to the student with a disability. Students have the ability to work one-on-one with special education teachers, addressing any need for remediation during the school day. Many researchers, educators and parents have advocated the importance of these classrooms amongst political environments that favor their elimination

Federal law says students with disabilities should be included with other kids as much as possible.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), required schools to provide specialized educational services to children with disabilities. The ultimate goal was to help these students live more independent lives in their communities, primarily by mandating access to the general education standards of the public school system.

She currently spends 42% of her day in gen ed.

Below is her current schedule. I have highlighted her general ed settings in green to allow for a better understanding of when she is within the gen ed curriculum:

8:45-9:00 Morning Routine/Bathroom
9:00-9:15 Snack
9:15-9:45 Homeroom - Daily 5
9:45-10:15 Math
10:15-10:45 Desk Work/Choice
10:45-11:15 Reading (Fridays - OT group)
11:15-11:20 Bathroom
11:20-12:00 Lunch/Recess
12:00-12:15 Homeroom - Read aloud
12:15-12:45 Desk Work/Choice
12:45-1:15 Group
1:15-1:40 Motor Group/Bathroom
1:40-2:30 Specials
2:30-3:05 Homeroom - Science/Social Studies
3:05-3:10 Afternoon Routine

If I go into our next IEP Meeting asking that math and reading be added to her gen ed exposure, that will put us over the 60% mark.
That will mean full time general education setting with pull out for certain one-on-one work like speech and OT.

So what is my dream of making this 60% work?

•Commitment of school leadership. Inclusion works in schools where everyone, not just special education teachers, are expected to share responsibility for educating children with disabilities.


•Specially trained staff. An inclusion specialist should be on staff to work with classroom teachers. In addition, many children with disabilities need a specially trained aide with them in the classroom.


•Adapting the curriculum. To help classroom teachers make modifications for students with special needs: A student with fine motor problems uses a marker and whiteboard instead of paper and pencil. A student with severe reading problems has a peer tutor read to him and listens to books on CDs. A student with cerebral palsy uses an adaptive keyboard. A teacher rings a bell to cue students with Attention Deficit Disorder to prepare for a transition.


•Training and time for collaboration. Most classroom teachers need training and ongoing support to effectively teach such a wide range of learners. They also need time to meet regularly with inclusion specialists. If there isn't sufficient training of teachers and paraprofessionals, it won't work.

•Teaching children acceptance. Schools need to teach inclusive attitudes mostly by example. This will help typical developing students to appreciate each other's similarities and differences.


We have a lot to work on in the next 9-12 months.

I have to keep in mind that she has made tremendous progress within the self-contained setting and now it may be becoming too restrictive for her.
She is starting to spread her wings, but maybe they can't spread completely due to her current placement.
The next step would be a general education setting with supportive services.

Does anyone realize how scared I am right now????

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pick A Number...

...Between zero and one hundred.

I'll give you a minute to think....

Did you decide?

Good.

Now don't tell me your number.

Keep it in your mind.

Do you want to know mine?

It's 42.

Yep...42.

And I'll slap you if you think that is what my age will be when my birthday rolls around next week (yes, my birthday is the 16th!!!)

I'll tell you why I have picked that number....tomorrow.

Good night.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How Organized are You?


As spring time nears, a lot of IEP Meetings will be commencing.
Getting things lined up for the next school year, updating benchmarks and goals.

These meetings used to rattle me.
Not anymore.
If you know your child and you do your research and you know what is good for your child, then the meetings go well and it's not that bad.
It shouldn't be an "us-vs-them" type of meeting.
The team should make child-centered decisions, specific to your child.

As for you, you should always walk into these meetings prepared.
Have your list of questions ready.
If you you look prepared and are prepared, the team will see that.
They will note that you have taken the time to prioritize ideas for your child.
They will note that you are ready to talk and plan and benchmark.

Below is a link to a great site and great worksheet that you can use for your next IEP Meeting (or any other meeting for that matter)!
Not all issues have to be problems, if you are organized.
Organizing Your Concerns about School-Related Problems Worksheet

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday Top Ten


10. Warmer weather and spring cleaning.

9. Andrew "harfing" like a seal for two days. Croup, anyone?

8. Watching Kaitlyn swim the free-style stroke in swim lessons: and going 15 feet before coming up for air! Yay!

7. My upcoming birthday next week!

6. A seven year olds' attitude.

5. A three year old who likes to mimic the seven year old. *sigh*

4. Continued progress on the speech therapy front!

3. Networking, networking, and more networking!

2. Being cancelled from work due to low census on a gorgeous Sunday!

1. I love my kids!

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Breakfast of Champions!


National School Breakfast Week is this week, March 7-11th.

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children.
Each year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) helps schools to celebrate NSBW with a fun theme - this year it is School Breakfast Detectives.
The "School Breakfast Detectives" campaign allows students to "clue into" the importance of school breakfast and will demonstrate how eating school breakfast sets you up for a busy day at school.

And the School Nutrition Association wants you to get involved, too!

I typically make breakfast for the kids before school.
And not just any ole breakfast: a hot breakfast.
We are talking eggs, french toast, waffles and fruit, omelettes, and bacon or sausage.
Kaitlyn was my breakfast champion.

"Was" is the key word here.

She now boycotts breakfast.
You know, since she developed that seven year old girlie attitude and thinks that she calls the shots now.

Wrong.

We let her think that she is in control.
So we have decided to take advantage of our school's breakfast program.
Now, I do not have to worry about her refusing breakfast and having to go to school with a hungry belly.
Although she now has cold options to choose from like granola bars and yogurt and bagels with cream cheese and a variety of fruits and juices, it gives me piece of mind knowing that she is eating something.

And I haven't received any comments from the teacher or staff about her being sluggish or stubborn in the morning since starting this program.

I see this as a win/win situation!

My Mom always told me that breakfast is so important.
What do you do for your kids' breakfast plan?

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Why We LOVE Orange Juice


Shhh.

Don't say this too loudly, because "they" might hear us.

"They" = germs.

It's been a rough year, and we have battled pneumonia, sinus infections, upper respiratory issues, lower respiratory issues, been on steroids and breathing treatments, round after round after round of antibiotics and mucolytics, we've pushed lots of fluids and rested.
Like I said, it's been a rough year!

But I think the germs are finally moving on.
Thank you!

And thanks to the wonderful people at Smile.ly and Florida's Natural, I am hoping that they are gone for good!
I think that the orange growers down south and the kind folks at Smile.ly got together for a little pow-wow and said "Hey, that lady up north could really use some help, dontcha think? Poor thing has been juggling two sick kids and herself. Let's give her some OJ and boost their immunity a tad!"

And so they did!

And thank you, Florida's Natural and Smile.ly for sending me the coupon for the free OJ and for the additional $1.00 off coupons, too!

I know that orange juice is a healthy choice of drinks.
But, did you know this:
1. Drinking a glass of orange juice a day can keep the doctor away. Orange juice is known to contain a high percentage of Vitamin C, which is helpful in boosting the immune system. So, you will be less likely to catch various illnesses, such as colds or the flu.

2. Various medical studies show that orange juice may help lower both cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels, which are two very common problems among middle aged men and women.

3. Orange juice is thought to be very high in antioxidants. What this means is that this yummy juice may help prevent various forms of cancer, including breast cancer and prostate cancer.

4. Fairly large amounts of potassium, which is an essential nutrient for the body, can be found in orange juice.

5. Studies have shown that orange juice can help reduce the risk of heart disease, which is because it can help improve circulation.

6. Orange juice contains Folate, which plays a major role in the reproduction of new cells and can help with the healing process.

7. Research has shown that orange juice has anti-inflammatory properties.

8. Due to the antioxidants found in orange juice, many people believe that drinking it on a regular basis may help aid in weight loss.

Here's to a great spring season and better health!

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

YELLOW!


“Do you like green
eggs and ham?”


“I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like green
eggs and ham!”
"Would you like them
here or there?"

"I would not like them
here or there.
I would not like them
anywhere."

“I do so like green
eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-am!”


So in a general education setting, my daughter is a tad intimidated.
However, as she sat with her typical-developing peers, celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday, the teacher threw out a question:

"What color are scrambled eggs?"

The class was quiet.
No one volunteered an answer.
Not. One. Typical. Peer. In. The. Class.

Except for my Kaitlyn.

"Yellow", she answered.

Yep, that's my girl!

(Disclaimer: When I was pregnant with Kaitlyn, I ate scrambled eggs every single day. I must have gone through two dozen eggs per week. And, my cholesterol barely budged the entire pregnancy! And to this day, that little girl LOVES scrambled eggs!)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Trouble With Trouble....


...is that it really doesn't know a good time to show up.

Lately, it's just always there.

Andrew had his ENT appointment on Tuesday morning.
I already knew what the doc was going to say.
Yes, the right PE tube is completely "obstructed".

Lovely.

"But you can drive a semi through the left tube!" he said to me.
As if that was supposed to make me feel better.
It didn't.

But Andrew knew what was coming and that yet another person was going to be peering into that oh-so-sensitive-right-ear of his.
But Andrew was as trooper throughout the whole exam.
The doctor asked him, "Andrew, how many ears do you have?"
Andrew's reply?
"All of them!"
This lead the whole office to crack up laughing!

So here's the plan:
We will be giving him Ciprodex drops twice a day for the next 10 days.
We have an appointment for a recheck in 3 weeks.
If the obstruction is gone, then that would be great and we move on with our lives.
If the obstruction remains, then we just bought ourselves another set of PE tubes.

I really shouldn't complain since the average lifespan of a set of these tubes is 12-18 months and ours lasted a whopping 23 months.
I really shouldn't complain since it's been 23 months since the last ear infection, as opposed to the 9 infections which he had in the 6 months prior to PE tube placement.

Yep, trouble has bad timing.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy March 1st!


Thank you, Teri Mauro @ About.com Special Needs Children for allowing me to share this month's calendar with my readers!

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