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Archive for January, 2014

Huge Blessings

Last November, Pookie’s OT placed an order for him to receive a medical stroller.  A rep from the wheelchair company had come out to Pookie’s appt to measure him for the stroller.  After the OT submitted a report and the doctor signed it, the claim was submitted to insurance. 

Two weeks ago, we received a letter saying the claim was denied.  After a moment of shock and panic, I made some calls and found out there was a coding error in the claim form. The wheelchair company resubmitted the claim with the correct coding and we sat back for another wait.

We finally got notice that the insurance approved the claim and the stroller has been ordered.  It should arrive to the wheelchair company within 10-14 days from the order date.  The rep will bring the stroller to Pookie’s OT appt to make sure everything is fitted properly for him.

I am SO excited for Pookie to get this stroller.  This will allow us to take him on more outings, such as the upcoming field trip to the heritage museum that the homeschool group has planned for next month.  Pookie’s legs give out due to low endurance.  He has generalized Hypotonia, which is low muscle tone.  It is a neurological condition he was born with. That is why the medical stroller is so important for him.

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A few weeks ago, Pookie’s occupational therapist, Miss Amanda, mentioned using Montessori with Pookie.  I have looked at Montessori in the past and decided to give it a closet look.
What I discovered was just how seamlessly Montessori melds with TEACCH. There are basic similarities between the two.

Like TEACCH tasks, a Montessori activity is set up so each activity is in its own tray.  This eliminates a child becoming frustrated or distracted with having to fetch a missing component, such as crayons, to complete the activity.

Both TEACCH and Montessori are strong on the idea of hands-on activities that work fine motor development.

The Montessori method seems like a precursor to the popular workbox system. With Montessori, activity trays are arranged on a shelf the child can access. The main difference is that with Montessori, the child goes at their own pace and interests instead of following a visual schedule as is done with TEACCH and the workbox methods.

Montessori works best when you have activities that fit multiple areas, including fine motor, sensory, language, math, and writing.

I am loving what I am seeing with Montessori. Doing a search for Montessori on Pinterest you quickly find a plethora of ideas to incorporate.  I found by searching for Montessori boards that some had up to the thousands of ideas pointed on the board. With that much inspiration, I will be finding activities for Pookie easily to keep him progressing for a long time to come.

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Sensory Afghan

Our son, Pookie, is obsessed with textures.  He loves the sensory input he received from them.  One of his favorite places to go is the carpet isle of Lowes.  He rubs his hands across the variety of swatches.

With that in mind, I dug out an old crochet booklet that I have had for several years.  I apologize for the lighting, took the picture by oil lamp light.  The book is called, ” 63 Easy-to-Crochet Pattern Stitches, Combine to Make an Heirloom Afghan”  by Leisure Arts.

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I am going to use the idea of a stitch sampler to crochet Pookie a textured afghan.  By using a variety of stitches and yarns, I will be able to make him a blanket that will not only keep him warm but provide sensory input that he craves.  I may make a smaller one as well for when he is in the car seat or we are away on an outing.

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