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All Signs Point To My Smart Hands
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Adaptive Resources
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Signing With Your Child With Special Needs
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When A Stranger Has No Social Filter…
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Why We Got A Cat When I’m Not A Cat Person

All Signs Point To My Smart Hands

Since my first year of teaching, long before I had children of my own, I ran the Sign Language club at the school where I taught. I trotted out my choir of shiny faced six year olds onto the stage where they signed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” to music. There wasn’t a dry parent eye in the house. I obviously considered signing to be more of a novelty act, than a life altering skill. I had NO idea how important the role ASL would ultimately play in my life. When I taught my son sign language nearly eight years ago, I relied on library books and bland, one dimensional websites.  Once Avery came along, and it became apparent sign language would be an essential tool in her development, I searched for innovative new ways to teach her. When Laura Berg posted a video on YouTube of her baby signing, it went viral. People were astounded by her 18 month old’s level of skill. They wanted to know how she did it and how they could teach their children to do the same and…My Smart Hands was born. I love Laura’s fresh approach to teaching ASL.[…]

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Adaptive Resources

  Sports & Rec Programs For Kids With Disabilities — Ontario DANCE Bust A Move Dance (BAMD) Toronto and GTA danceabilitymovement.com Dance Ability Milton, Mississauga, Alliston, Ancaster, Bradford, Richmond Hill danceabilitymovement.com   GYMNASTICS: Schlegel’s Gymnastics Centre Oakville Focused on fun, fitness adn the fundamentals of gymnastics in a non-competitive environment. www.schlegelsgym.com 905-842-3537 Kid’s Super Gym Mississauga A structured gymnastics program designed to introduce, establish and build fundamental gymnastics skills including strength conditioning, co-ordination, balance, flexibility and agility. www.kids-supergym.com 905-607-5437 AQUATICS: Goldfish Swim School —Not adaptive specifically but the facilities and program are well suited for children with a variety of disabilities. goldfishswimschool.com City of Mississauga — Children with special needs swim lessons. Participants must be accompanied by caregiver over the age of 14. www.activemississauga.ca 905-615-4100 City of Oakville — Aquadapt Program: 1:1 swimming lessons. www.oakville.ca 905-815-2000 Lynne Patch Aquatics Mississauga — Private, semi-private & inclusive swimming lessons for children with special needs. www.swimlpa.com 905-897-7946 Making Waves Hamilton — 1:1 swimming instruction for children with special needs (downtown YMCA) www.makingwaveshamilton.org 1-888-530-5618 x 102 Making Waves Swim School Brampton and Milton — Integrated, low ratio (3:1) swimming lessons in warm water pool offered across all three locations. Salt water pool in West Brampton.[…]

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Signing With Your Child With Special Needs

Sign language–I can’t sing or sign its praises enough. Signing with my speech delayed child from the time she was an infant, helped us communicate and has played a tremendous role in her development. For those who doubt the validity of signing with your baby, the science backs it up. But I don’t need scientific evidence, the proof is sitting right beside me.  Our daughter is still significantly delayed in expressive language, but she’s able to put together simple 4-5 word sentences. To be frank, the girl never stops talking. Like, never. It’s a steady stream of questions, comments and a running commentary of observations over here. Music to my ears.    Do we still sign? Absolutely. You’d be surprised at how handy (pun intended) signing can be.   Last summer when the kids were out on the lake tubing, Avery signed “Stop!” to me in the boat. Then she made the sign for “cold.”    It was too loud to hear her words over the boat motor, even if she’d shouted. Two simple signs and her message was clear.    Potty sings are also a subtle way for her to tell me from across the park that she needs to[…]

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When A Stranger Has No Social Filter…

When it comes to social graces, some people completely missed the boat. Were they born without a filter or did something happen to make them that way? I have no answers here, but I do have a story.  A few months ago I was at the grocery store with my daughter and the cashier criticized my parenting. No qualms, no mercy, she flat out tried and convicted me without knowing a thing about me or my daughter. You can read about how enjoyable that was HERE.  Turns out, this was the same cashier who a few years earlier (she’s a lifer at our local grocery store… lucky, lucky us) berated my friend in front of a long line of customers. She made a snap judgement about her parenting (she is a wonderful, loving parent by the way), and called her out for being what she deemed “a negligent parent.”  Seriously lady?! a) Who do you think you are? b) You had no idea what this mother was dealing with that day. c) Ever heard of customer service? d) If you don’t have any nice to say, zip it. e) Your conveyer belt is always sticky.  Yesterday my sister in law and[…]

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Why We Got A Cat When I’m Not A Cat Person

^What people said when I told them we were getting a cat ^ A) We have reasons. B) Correct, I’m a dog person. Cats are pretty weird. C) You can never have too many pets, can you? Wait. Cat horders. I suppose you can. D) I am a little allergic—hives, scratchy throat, red eyes swollen eyes, sneezy allergic. So WHY get a cat??!! Because. Her.   Our girl likes loves animals. Dogs, cats, anything with fur. Or without fur even. RIP Ernie. We miss you tremendously.     When she grows up I imagine she’ll choose a vocation involving animals. Perhaps she’ll work as a vet tech? Or at a vet clinic or animal shelter in some capacity—greeting clients, feeding and grooming the animals. How perfect would that be? When she’s a bit older, I plan to help her set up and run a pet sitting or dog walking business. The way I see it, Avery’s passion is clear. So if we can do anything to help her gain the experience to guide her along that path, shouldn’t we?     So this leads us to our cat… KEVIN. My friend was telling us about her cousin’s cat, the original Kevin.[…]

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