Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Misunderstood Child
A poem about children with hidden disabilities

by Kathy Winters

I am the child that looks healthy and fine.
I was born with ten fingers and toes.
But something is different, somewhere in my mind,
And what it is, nobody knows.

I am the child that struggles in school,
Though they say that I'm perfectly smart.
They tell me I'm lazy -- can learn if I try --
But I don't seem to know where to start.

I am the child that won't wear the clothes
Which hurt me or bother my feet.
I dread sudden noises, can't handle most smells,
And tastes -- there are few foods I'll eat.

I am the child that can't catch the ball
And runs with an awkward gait.
I am the one chosen last on the team
And I cringe as I stand there and wait.

I am the child with whom no one will play --
The one that gets bullied and teased.
I try to fit in and I want to be liked,
But nothing I do seems to please.

I am the child that tantrums and freaks
Over things that seem petty and trite.
You'll never know how I panic inside,
When I'm lost in my anger and fright.

I am the child that fidgets and squirms
Though I'm told to sit still and be good.
Do you think that I choose to be out of control?
Don't you know that I would if I could?

I am the child with the broken heart
Though I act like I don't really care.
Perhaps there's a reason God made me this way --
Some message he sent me to share.

For I am the child that needs to be loved
And accepted and valued too.
I am the child that is misunderstood.
I am different - but look just like you.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sweet Dreams! We Have A Winner!

Thank you soooooo much to DreamCatchers Weighted Blankets for this great opportunity to profile and give away one of your amazing products!

And now....the winner of the custom-made blanket is........


Congrats, Missy!

Missy, please contact me within 48 hours to claim your prize.

If Missy does NOT contact me, another winner will be randomly chosen.

Thanks to all who participated and another BIG thanks to DreamCatchers Weighted Blankets for a great product!

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Sweet Dreams and the Sensory Child

For a child with sensory processing issues, even nighttime sleeping can be a struggle.
Their constant need for sensory input can follow them from the time they get up in the morning until the time they go to sleep at night.

That is, IF they sleep.

Eileen and JC Jackson are a true testiment of this.
Their son, Cody, was "classic" autism, nonverbal until the age of 6, woke up every night every couple of hours, and didn't sleep through the night until the age of 9.
Because of their experiences with their own son, they sought out ways to provide a necessary comfort for him which would allow the entire family to sleep well at night.

After trying every form of "sleep therapy" they could wrap their minds around, their OT suggested a weighted item to see if it would help.
But they weren't satisfied with what was offered out there: too expensive, poor workmanship, too small, unsafe materials or uncomfortable fabrics.

Finally, after some trial and error (as well as some flannel and rice), the company DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets was born.

DreamCatcher(tm) Weighted Blankets specializes in making custom weighted blankets for those who are comforted and benefited by them. Being specialized and focused on offering quality weighted items with each item handcrafted entirely at our sewing facility, with no outsourcing. Our highly skilled sewing staff are perfectionists and are further trained in crafting DreamCatcher designs. Each item is inspected multiple times during the sewing and weighting process. The items are inspected again during cleaning and packaging. This personal attention to details provides our clients with a superior product.

They are an amazing family with an amazing product!

Read below what they guarantee to each and every customer:

*Customer's choice to an endless selection of fabric type, color and patterns

*Inner layers of 100% cotton fabric for added durability

*Commercial grade, non-recycled, non- toxic, hypoallergenic, high
temperature heat rated polypropylene (PolyPro) weights

*Commercial grade threads

*A unique to DreamCatcher's strength stitch applications for stress less seaming and added durability

*A DreamCatcher DLS technique applied to heavier weighted blankets

*Evenly distributed weights "quilted" into multiple layers of fabric

*Smooth backing for added comfort

*A sewing application not found in any other weighted blanket design.

The concept behind these blankets is deep pressure touch stimulation.
People who have benefited from the deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) provided by a DreamCatcher tm Weighted Blanket include children, teens and adults affected by, but not limited to, those on the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, ADD, PDD-NOS, Sensory Integration Disorder , ASPD (Adult Sensory Processing Disorder, Bi-Polar, Anxiety and others with sensory issues.

The very short version of the theory behind how DreamCatcher weighted products
work, is the deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) supplied by the weight in
our products, is believed to release a chemical in the brain, which naturally

What is the chemical, you ask?


Serotonin, is the neurotransmitter that studies show is released by deep
pressure touch stimulation. Massage and deep pressure releases both serotonin
and endorphins. The serotonin acts as a calming mediator for the body while the
endorphins act as a happy stimulator for the brain. Together they can bring
pleasurable feelings and general elevated moods in both your body and mind. It
calms you when feeling anxious.

As an added benefit, Serotonin converts
to Melatonin which is the hormone the body releases at night. Studies show that
Melatonin aids in giving the body a good night's sleep.
So the wonder folks over at DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets is offering one of you a blanket for FREE!
This is a retail value of $200.00!

(NOTE: Please check with your pediatrician or physician if a weighted blanket would be appropriate for you.)

Here's is what you need to do to enter:
1. Post a comment on my Facebook page why you think this product would be beneficial to you or your child.

2. Go to DreamCatcher's Weighted Blankets Facebook page and "LIKE" them, too. Please leave them a message that I sent you.

3. Leave a message on this blog post as to why this product could benefit you or your child.

You may enter all 3 ways!
That's it!
Simple as that!

This contest will run from Monday, August 29, 2011 and will end on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 12:00 Noon (CST).
Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email and announced on my Facebook page.
Contest valid in the United States only.
Sorry, but no PO Box entries will be allowed.
No anonymous entries.
You must have a valid email address.
If the first winner does not contact me within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen at random.

Thank you, DreamCatcher Weigthed Blankets for this wonderful opportunity and generous donation!

(Please see Disclaimer Tab at the top for info regarding this and any other giveaway on this site.)

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Articulation Therapy Made Easy!

Have I ever introduced you to Heidi?


My apologies!

Well, she is awesome!
Love her!
She's my bestest buddy!

(Confession: I don't really know her...I just stalk her website!)
*Hanging head in shame right now*

Heidi is an SLP and Mom to 4 kiddos.
And yes, she knows her stuff!
Her most recent post is on Setting Articulation Goals and ways you can track your child's progress.
Like all of these letter sounds below:

And she has these AWESOME sheets that you can download from her site to help you with your tracking...without your little one knowing that you are tracking!
I told you she is cool!

And you can get more great info from her site Mommy Speech Therapy.

Just tell her that her best buddy (ME!) sent you!
Better yet, don't do that.
Then she might know that I have been stalking her site.
But stalking in a good way!
OK, just go over there and check out what she has to's great stuff!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The State of OUR Union*

(*union = special needs and special education).

The National Center for Learning Disabilities has released a published, critical report that will further the debate over how to strengthen the programs and policies we have in place to serve and protect students and adults with learning disabilities.

Have you ever wondered where your child's disability falls?
Is your child's disability even listed?
Check out some of these staggering statistics, complete with bar-graphs and pie charts for you visual learners:

To download a copy of this report, click here.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Today's Top Ten!

10. Kaitlyn's first day of school...YIPPEE!

9. Meeting Kaitlyn's new teacher.

8. Hearing Kaitlyn's new teacher's plans...WOW!

7. Meeting Andrew's new teacher at Meet-n-Greet Tuesday. Sweet!

6. The start of a great new school year!

5. Formal speech eval for Andrew and the start of therapy for him. *sigh*

4. The suggestion of an OT eval for Andrew. *bigger sigh*

3. Prepping for a family getaway Labor Day Weekend!

2. So many things to blog about and some great, awesome, amazing blog giveaways coming up!

1. I love my kids!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Lysol Giveaway Winner!

Thanks for all of those who commented, posted and emailed me about this week's giveaway, sponsored by Lysol.

The winner of this week's giveaway is......


Izzy, please email me at within the next 48 hours to claim your prize.

If Izzy does not email me within this time frame, a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks again to all who participated.

And thanks to Lysol for allowing me to review some really great products!

Stay tuned next Monday for another great giveaway...this one will be for the sensory-seeking child.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

A Germ-Free Giveaway!

As a Mom to two children, germs are everywhere.
You can run, but you can't hide (from the germs, not the kids!)
And it seemed as though we were on a streak for a while with sick kiddos in my house.

Upper respiratory infections.
Snotty, runny noses.
Another round of pneumonia.
Strep throat (um, make that 3 cases!).
You name it...we must have been treated with it.

And with the upcoming school year upon us, I can only imagine the amount of germs that they will come in contact with.
From the door handle to the front door of the school to the bathrooms and drinking fountains, the germs are everywhere.

But thanks to Lysol and their great products for my home, I have a little less to worry about.
While I have always used their products, I was given two sample products from them to try out: the Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes and the Healthy Touch No Touch Hand Soap System.

LYSOL® Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes have two sides that go beyond ordinary
wipes. Use one side for everyday touch-ups and the other to scrub through tough
messes. Because Dual Action Wipes are from the Lysol Brand, you can also trust
them to kill 99.9% of germs*. Use Dual Action Wipes all around your home to
clean and disinfect.

LYSOL® Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes come in
Citrus and Crisp Linen ® scent.

•Kills 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria*
•Kills Cold and Flu Viruses including Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A
•One side with built in Fibers for Tough Messes or a Side for Touch-up
•Available in Citrus and Crisp Linen® Scent

I think these have got to be the best wipes around.
Having the choice of a softer side for wiping down counters and tabletops or the rough, scrubbing side for those caked-on messes that my kids are well known for making, my clean up was a breeze.
What's even better is that they don't leave a sticky residue on your hands nor your counter tops and they smell good, too.

LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System helps eliminate the millions of
germs that your hands can pick up each day! It automatically senses hands and
dispenses just the right amount of soap. Hand washing is one of the most
important steps you and your children can take to help you stay healthy and with
the LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System, you and your family will
never have to touch a germy soap pump again.

What's more, the system's
antibacterial hand soap kills 99.9% of bacteria on hands* —so it's ideal for use
in the kitchen or bathroom. The starter kit includes a dispenser, one hand soap
refill, and four AA batteries. When you use the LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch
Hand Soap System, you'll know you're helping your family by fostering proper and
effective hand washing to help prevent the spread of germs.

hand soap refills for the LYSOL® No-Touch Hand Soap System are enriched with
moisturizing ingredients and available in four great scents:

Grapefruit Essence™ (Refill only)
•Soothing Cucumber Splash™
•Aloe Vera
& Vitamin E with Moisturizers
•Antibacterial Total Care

As a nurse, I am really into hand washing.
I stalk my kids to wash their hands all the time.
You will only find pump-soaps in my house (never a bar soap...YUCK!)
But with a 7 year old and 4 year old, they think that more is better and wind up pumping that hand soap four, five, and six times so that suds are billowing down over the sink and onto the floor.
With the automatic dispenser, they get the exact amount that they need with one swipe of their sticky, nasty, germy hand.

How many of you are as OCD about germs as I am?
Would you like information about new ways to protect your family?

Do you want to talk with a "germ expert" on how to fight germs during this back-to-school season?
Join Lysol for a live chat on Tuesday, August 23rd at 1:00pm (CST).
Here, you will have a chance to speak with Lysol's Head Microbiologist Dr. Joe Rubino and ask him a question.
Dr. Rubino has co-authored a number of papers on antimicrobial agents, transmission of infectious agents and infection control strategies.
You can also "like" the Lysol Facebook page and link up there for the live chat as well.

And thanks to ElizaBeth over at Lysol, one of you can receive both of these items for FREE!

Here's what you need to do:
1. Leave a message on Apraxia Mom's Facebook page about this blog post.

2. Go to the Lysol Facebook page and "like" them, too! Tell them that you heard about this giveaway today from me!

That's it!
You can enter both ways for this giveaway.

This giveaway begins on Monday, August 22, 2011 and ends on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 12:00noon (CST).
Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email and announced on my Facebook page.
Contest valid in the United States only.
Sorry, but no PO Box entries will be allowed.
No anonymous entries.
You must have a valid email address.
If the first winner does not contact me within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen at random.

Thank you, Lysol, for allowing me to review these products! You must read my blog and know about the germy issues we were having!
Disclaimer: Lysol provided these items for me to review. I was not obligated to give a positive review...but how could I not! GREAT PRODUCTS, folks!
(See Disclaimer tab at the top of this blog for further information).

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Speech Therapy: Take Two!

Two children.
Two children with speech issues.
Two children now in speech therapy.

This makes my head spin.

On Thursday, Andrew had his first private speech session.
All in all, it went well.
I was told that he worked hard and listened well, but was intermittently distracted by the exit sign in the room he was in.
Yes, my son has a thing about exit signs.
I can't explain it...they don't do anything but glow red and say E-X-I-T.

School starts again in five days for this little boy of mine.
I am really hoping that the combo of school and some private speech will help him along a little more.
I can see the progress that he is making, and he continues to challenge himself with new sounds and words each day.
What scares me is that I see his big sister in him, too.
The same errors.
The same sound production.
The same mannerisms of speech.

Yep, that ugly "apraxia" is trying very hard to get in the way with child #2.

Maybe I need to show ole apraxia the "EXIT" sign once and for all!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Well, we just found out yesterday that Andrew's teacher last year won't be Andrew's teacher this year.


She was awesome.
Most teachers are awesome, but this lady was amazing and went above and beyond last year when Andrew was having a hard time adjusting to school-life.


The worst part is that I already told him that Miss J was going to be his teacher.
He was happy.
No, he was excited!
He had that excited smile and twinkle in his eye.


Now I need to get all excited about someone new.

I need a plan that the little boy is going to fall for without an issue.
At least I have all of ONE WEEK to come up with this "plan".

Any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Top Ten

10. Celebrating a wonderful birthday for my 4 year old son at the zoo!

9. Kaitlyn starts school: 6 days away.

8. Andrew starts school: 8 days away.

7. Enjoying these last few days of summer break.

6. Sleeping in.

5. Andrew's official speech and language eval: YUK!

4. Andrew starting speech therapy services: YAY!

3. Prepping for the boy's birthday party this weekend.

2. Ignoring my to-do list for a change.

1. I LOVE my kids!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday, Andrew!

You came into our lives like a typical Midwestern storm on your own terms on a rainy Wednesday night, August 15, 2007.
Your Mom and Dad loved you from the moment we laid eyes on you.
And you became your big sister's best friend.

First Birthday: Not too thrilled with cake!
This became your year of wonder and exploration.

Second Birthday: One Happy Boy!
And you still smile like this today!
Your big blue eyes melt my heart each and every time.

Third Birthday: Your new set of wheels!
Yes, you are always on the move!

Summer 2011
We are anxious to see what this next year is going to bring us!

You continue to amaze us each and every day.
Our love for you is stronger than you will ever know.
Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, my little boy.
We love you so much!

Love, Mommy and Daddy (and Kaitlyn, too!)

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