Practical Tip #31-Everyone Can Help

Lately, I have been asked by friends and family, “What can I do to help you?”

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I will share one tip that almost every special needs family needs. I would even go out on a limb and say all special needs families need–prayer.  Specifically prayers for sleep.  Prayers that all the children in the home sleep through a full eight to ten hours.  Prayers that the parents sleep through the night.  Life is so much easier when we are all getting the correct amount of sleep.  I know many families spend years with interrupted sleep patterns.

I know it may sound too simple, but believe me, it truly is a blessing.

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Practical Tip #30-A New World of Possibilities

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I choose to work outside the home for a few reasons.  On the outside it appears raising a special needs son’s has enough challenges for each day.  That is true.  However, let me share some thoughts. Continue reading

Practical Tip #26 -Vacation in Surfside, South Carolina!

I was excited to read on Parents.com about a vacation spot for special need families.  For a long time I have thought if businesses would be open-minded to serving special need families life would be better for both.  Many families stay home because it can be easier than going out.  Becky Large, mother of an Autistic child came up with the idea of a family vacation spot where everyone would, “Understand,” your loved one with autism and other special needs.

I just love Becky using her life to help others in this journey of autism.  Yes a judgement free zone is what families need.  We all know when we enter the public square our families are being watched.  It is just how life is.  Many times I do not encounter negative judgements.  I am truly thankful for this.  Often when we are out we do not encounter other special need families.  I think the community side of a vacation is a really great idea.

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Practical Tip #25- Decorating for Christmas

 

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This Great tip came to me from the Sol and Rachel Do a Blog! 

Check it out at http://www.solandrachel.com/2011/12/pinterest-christmas.html

Decorating a Christmas Tree was a long-term goal in our house for many years.  Tristan’s sensory issues posed real challenges for our family.  We became super creative!  I wish I would have thought about making a felt tree.  What a great idea!

Some ideas that we have tried:

1.Decorating and hanging a paper tree on the wall.

2.Putting a tree up with no lights. (Tristan would eat them.  I think he liked the sound of them crunching.)

3. Putting up a tree with “safe” paper ornaments.

4. Putting up ornaments and resigning ourselves to the fact Tristan will move them around the tree.

 

What ideas/ and or challenges have you overcome in terms of decorating for Christmas?  Please share!