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There are so many things that we have worked on for Elizabeth on her life’s journey. Some of them have been easier than others to succeed in and some remain in that often referred to list called “we are working on it.”   Probably one of the biggest things on that list is now, and will probably always be, COMMUNICATION.

With Elizabeth’ special needs of global dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder ( SPD), for her, learning to speak was a lot of work.  It involved years of speech therapy, work at home as well as the use of other things that further communication. By this I mean emotion charts that would allow a young Elizabeth to point at what she was feeling instead of struggling to articulate her feelings.  To this day, Elizabeth still struggles with some misarticulations that she can self-correct but does not always do because she is enjoying a conversation or excited to tell you something.   Again, we are working on it. Read the rest of this entry »

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I was driving the other day and as I said in a previous blog, I drive a lot because I take Elizabeth to and from her college program 4 days a week.  She is my daughter who has special needs.  Her special needs are global dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder (SPD).

So I am driving her and I reach into my purse to pull out my favorite gum.  I used to buy it in pack form until I found the holy grail of it called the pouch form!  No more pushing out pieces or working with little trays of it, nope just reach in grab a handful and enjoy.  So as I am in the process of shoving about 10 pieces into my mouth, Elizabeth starts laughing at me and asks “You really like that gum huh Mom?”  I told her I loved it and I do.  I actually look forward to reaching into that pouch a lot.  And this got me thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

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