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iStock_000010808203_LargeAfter-school activities are good for your child with special needs. They open your child to the outside world without the difficulties you may experience at school. They give everyone a break from school and medical routines with no requirement to achieve any set goal, and they are fun! Children with special needs may even learn new human values and surpass their own limits. Regardless, they will still have a good time and that is what really matters. There are a lot of adapted activities to choose from.

Katia's pictures 7Arts in general are a great choice because they are taught in a rather calm environment, they let everyone express their creativity with no shame, and they even offer a valuable sensory input. The spectrum of these activities is very large: from graphic arts, to music, to cooking classes, there is surely something for every child! Participants are asked to follow some rules but it is OK to get different results, so your child cannot go wrong. In the same spirit, youth organizations (such as scouts movements, religious groups or other types of organizations) let children grow and find their own personality while gaining independence.

793517_1Some sports may also be adapted to your child. Swimming, dancing, gymnastics and yoga are particularly suited as they offer rather soft physical exercise and they let the participants reach their own limits. Some team sports may be adapted as well but you would have to speak with the coach and see if your child can truly be integrated in the team with no risk to be harmed. If that is possible, those sports will teach your child a valuable sense of teamwork.

Kids SoccerIn any case, don’t forget to talk to your child’s health provider before you sign your child up to any of those activities. Also, think about contacting non-profit organizations specialized in integrating your child in after-school activities. The only difficulty will be to make your choice!

What about you? Which activity do you like the best for your child with special needs?

Good afternoon! Today we wanted to share a poem by Erma Bombeck, posted by Diane on her blog 5 Little Monkeys. To all the special mothers out there, you have all our support!!!

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The Special Mother 

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice,

a few by social pressure and a couple by habit.

This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children.

Did you ever wonder how these mothers are chosen?

Somehow I visualize God hovering over Earth

Selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation.

As he observes, he instructs his angels to take notes in a giant ledger.

“Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron Saint, Matthew.”

“Forrest, Marjorie, daughter. Patron Saint, Celia.”

“Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron Saint…give her Gerard. He’s used to profanity.”

Finally he passes a name to an angel and smiles. “Give her a handicapped child.”

The angel is curious. “Why this one, God? She’s so happy.”

“Exactly,” smiles God. “Could I give a handicapped child a mother who knows no laughter?

That would be cruel.”

“But does she have the patience?” asks the angel.

“I don’t want her to have too much patience, or she’ll drown in a sea of self-pity and despair.

Once the shock and resentment wear off she’ll handle it.”

“I watched her today.

She has that sense of self and independence so rare and so necessary in a mother.

You see, the child I’m going to give her has a world of it’s own.

She has to make it live in her world, and that’s not going to be easy.”

“But Lord, I don’t think she even believes in you.”

God smiles. “No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness.”

The angel gasps, “Selfishness? Is that a virtue?”

God nods. “If she can’t separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive.

Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect.

She doesn’t know it yet, but she is to be envied.

She will never take for granted a spoken word.

She will never consider a step ordinary.

When her child says momma for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it.

I will permit her to see clearly the things I see–ignorance, cruelty,

prejudice–and allow her to rise above them.

She will never be alone.

I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life

Because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side.”

“And what about her Patron Saint?” asks the angel, his pen poised in the air. God smiles.

“A mirror will suffice.”

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