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I watched as Elizabeth worked so hard to tell her brother about her day.

She told him in a few sentences about her day.  And I loved watching her do this. But I could see that she was working pretty hard to get it all out.

And  as I watched this, I started to think about how much work her days are.

All day.

Everyday.

I don’t often let it in, these true feelings of how much work her life is.  If I did, I would literally drop to my knees.  Instead, I have adopted the attitude that we can and will do anything.  That we will try hard. That she is succeeding.  That we push her to try each day.

But on the days that I let it in, like this one.  I just start thinking… Read the rest of this entry »

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Cathy and Dominic 2Hi everyone! Today Cathy from Bountifulplate shares with us her very valuable review on bubble toys! Cathy is a homemaker/wife and a mother to a 10-year old son with Autism and ADHD, an 18-year old daughter who is a college freshman and a stepson who is 30. Originally from Maryland, she has lived in the Midwest for 13 years.

772821_2We took Dominic to a family camp several years ago. It was a wonderful place, but with him not being potty trained at the time and having limited speech, there were really no activities for him to participate in. He and I spent a lot of time in and around our cabin. The weather was spectacular the entire week we were at camp and we spent many, many hours outdoors. I was so glad that I had tucked a huge bottle of bubbles into our car at the last minute along with our suitcases, because we spent 95% of the week blowing bubbles!

big bubbleOne of the many benefits of bubbles is improving oral motor control. When Dominic blew a bubble by himself for the first time, I was ready to have a party! An automatic bubble blower is great too, because it produces tons of bubbles with the flick of a switch, thus promoting fine motor skills. Dominic is fascinated with bubbles and wanted to go outside to blow some a 775051_1few days ago. Given that the temperature today is a “balmy” six degrees, I think we may need to wait until it gets just a little bit warmer here in Michigan!

Cathy B.

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