For two weeks this summer Sebastian had another eye gaze trial with the Tobii/Dynavox I-12. This was his third extended trial with the device and he used it once a week at school the previous year. At school they focussed on games which worked on building eye gaze skills like targeting, timing and accuracy. I asked… Continue reading Eye Gaze: The Trial(s) and Tribulations
A friend asked me how I was doing today. Everything's good? Everything's okay? She said. I smiled. Yeah. We are good. But things are not okay. It's not okay that the school system is so broken. That it's overcrowded and the programs created to support our kids are spilling over in numbers without the proper… Continue reading Not Okay
Imagine a standardized test created for kids that can't talk or use their hands to point. Now imagine my non-verbal son - who cannot use his hands to point/choose - being assessed by such a test. A page of 4 picture choices. 'Which one is the boy?' He looks at the boy on the page… Continue reading School Psychologists and Standardized Tests: YUCK
When Sebastian and I looked through the toy catalogue before Christmas he had one thing in mind that he wanted. A race track. We have two small race tracks that he's tried using the past few years which work ok but he still needs help with them. I wanted to find a race track he… Continue reading Rally Racer Review
I went to Target with Tallula recently. We always browse the toys to see what's new and get ideas for Christmas etc. Tallula always wants to find something for Sebastian and she is usually pulled to the Spiderman and the Ninja Turtles' toys. Shopping for Sebastian is difficult. Every birthday and every Christmas we really… Continue reading Gifts for Seb. And kiddos like him.
. This girl loves her big brother very much. And he loves her. Today the first half of his school messages recorded on his switch were for her. (Hi Tallula! I missed you today.) He was so excited to share them. He got tired towards the end so looked over at her as if to… Continue reading Little Big Sister
I love how Seb and Lula play in the iPad together. Their favorite apps are HelpKidzLearn, which are accessible apps that Sebastian can navigate (with some help/with a switch) and are equally easy for Tallula. They also love Sesame Street podcasts and The Monster at the End of This Book. I love watching them learn… Continue reading Friday Fun