Play, Birch Box, Ipsy…Other Beauty Subscriptions???

So have you tried any of these? What do you think?  I have done Birch Box for 1 month and had an Ipsy subscription for myself and my daughter for almost a year.  My daughter loved Ipsy but I wasn’t sure.  I also tried Julep, though I am not a huge nail polish person. recently I heard about Play and thought I would give it a try.  It is from Sephora which I like.

I know there are several others out there.  Which ones have you used and which would you recommend?  We all need to pamper ourselves sometimes and these sometimes work.

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Happy Birthday Bug!!!

Today is A’s birthday.  He is turning a BIG 5 years old.  He is my baby, my last kid.  This is a bitter sweet time for me.  He starts school in the Fall.  6 months ago I wouldn’t think that it was possible for him to start school next Fall but with Speech Therapy and his current Preschool he has grown so much.

Happy Birthday A!

 

 

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ADHD or Bipolar or Autism

SO I have been told that M may have Bipolar disorder and not ADHD or combined with ADHD.  Or that she might be on the spectrum leaning towards Asperger’s. She is already dual diagnosed at the moment with ADHD and OCD.  So this new thing isn’t really shocking to me.  They want further testing….but she is at an age that will produce inaccurate results.

Why do they feel this way? Well, let’s go through the so many things…

  1. She is over energetic
  2. She can start crying at the drop of a hat
  3. She constantly worries about how she is doing
  4. She DOESN’T worry about how people look at her because she thinks everyone LOVES her
  5. She gets her feelings her very easily
  6. If she can’t do something, no matter how big or small it is, she cries
  7. She gets distracted easily
  8. She loves to do homework but doesn’t like to actually do it (I know makes no sense)
  9. She believes that everything is in relation to something she likes and if it isn’t she gets upset or bothered
  10. She has no filter, and says what she thinks
  11. She remembers random things but not important things…mainly things of interest to her
  12. She can recall things from years ago (she is only 7 but remembers things from when she was 2 and 3)

The list does keep going but that gives you an idea.  Some people say she is typical, but then they see one of her episodes and then tell me I need to have her looked at.

She is mostly a very happy child, but the mood swings are a little worrying.  I think that eventually it will show itself for what it is but for now I think that it is just to confusing at the moment to try to pinpoint.

So do you have a child diagnosed with any of these? What has the doctors told you? How old was your child when they were diagnosed??

 

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Have you ever…..

Have you ever been so busy that you’re busy feels busy?
I have been. It’s Girl Scout cookie session and between everything I’m already doing…..i have to add that to the list too. M decided her goal was 600 boxes. While we haven’t reached that…. She’s trying. She’s doing a total of 8 hours of booth sales. That’s quite a bit lol. Plus in between all this… There are birthday parties.
We will be back to normal soon… Maybe?

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Been super busy 

I’m still here you guys. Just been really busy with Girl Scouts and work. I’ll have a few posts coming next week and some new things I’ve been looking into. 

If you have any suggestions please feel free to let me know.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll make a new posting.

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Speech Therapy Websites

Just wanting to share some of the websites that we frequent and that A is exposed to.

Story Place-online stories and interactive activities

Do2Learn– activities to help with expressions, emotions, and so much more

Fun with Spot– great for preschoolers and gets the speech moving

Starfall– it is great for beginning sounds and interactive

Crickweb– it is in the UK but still great for interaction and sounds

ABC Mouse– this is one of my all time favorites; interactive, stories, and pretty much all the above in one

There are more but I use so little from them it wouldn’t be really important to mention.  However, if I did forget about one we use I will come back and edit.

Do you have one you use? Share it with me!

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Process of Articulation Therapy

A’s speech therapist sent me to a link in the beginning of our sessions to explain to my family exactly what we are doing and what we should expect.  I just wanted to share it with you because it is full of great information in regards to articulation therapy.

The link can be found on Mommy Speech Therapy.  It is only two pages but full of information including a diagram.  Check it out.  Let me know what you think?

This site has been amazing for my family!

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My Son…A

So we have spent a few posts talking about my daughter, M.  Let’s talk about my youngest, A.  He is the only boy and he is the youngest.  He was born at 37 weeks at 10 pounds and 6 oz.  No, I did not have gestational diabetes.  I was actually doing much better with his pregnancy than I had done with M’s until week 36.  He was born early due to preeclampsia.  I had him via cesarean.  He came into the world rough and hard.  A was born with two true knots and respiratory issues.  He came out swallowing a large amount of amniotic fluid.  Why am I telling some of the backstory? Well for 5 days A was in the NICU.  They said they didn’t know if he would have any damage due to lack of oxygen for the first 35 minutes of his birth.

Fast forwards to today.  A has to go to speech therapy because he has enunciation issues as well as articulation and phonological processes.  He has been doing wonderful in speech.  However, prior to getting into speech he would get very agitated and aggravated.  He would either not talk or just get plain pissed.  It was hard not understanding him.

Lately he has started to have anger problems.  He is hitting and throwing things.  He knows it isn’t right.  He cries when he is in trouble.  He is like his sister and very sensitive.  However, we don’t let it fly.

Things are really difficult in my home.  I can’t treat one child like the other even though for several years I have tried.  A starts Kindergarten next year.  3 months ago I wouldn’t imagine him ever being ready.  However, he is coming around.  He still isn’t where he needs to be and will probably be on an IEP or something of the sort because of his speech therapy.

I will talk more later about some of the things we use with him in later posts, but for now I just wanted to introduce him.

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Tools for Kids with ADHD

Throughout my research and millions of websites I have found several tools that either I have used or will plan to use in the near future.  I want to go through those I have used and then start with a list of those I haven’t.  I think that is going to be a huge stepping stone.

Things I have used:

  • Chew toys- Yes they are similar to what you give a dog but these are specific for children with ADHD.  M had an oral fixation occasionally.  She eats her pencils, eats lids on pens, eats off the erasers.  She just likes to chew on things. This can be a problem.  We tried a chew stixx once.  It was chocolate “flavored” and had various sides with various textures. This actually worked really well…until she lost it.  There are other options besides the one we used including ones that are very tough. They even have ones like pencil toppers and so much more.

 

  • Mirari myPad– This is a tablet like toy that helps with cognitive and sensory development.  We used this with M before she went to school.  It helped her to grasp several different aspects of function.  When she got older we past this on to A who used it as well.  It is without a doubt functional and helpful with kids with and without ADHD.

 

  • Zones of Regulation– This is a little more complex.  It also works for a myriad of children, not just ones with ADHD or other sensory like issues.  The idea is to give kids a way to understand their emotions and be able to show you exactly how they feel.  M has a huge issue of not being able to identify the emotion she feels and things kind of erupt from there.  The Zones of Regulation was introduced to me at my previous employment where I worked with kids with various mental and behavioral situations.  I highly recommend this program to everyone.  It is worth it’s weight in gold and I would honestly say that with using this, many children will learn just what and how they feel and how not all people show the same appearance with certain emotions.

 

  • Timers– We found this one timer a while back and it is like the best thing in the world with keeping kids on track.  M has a huge issue with staying on track.  This timer helps so much (when it is being used).  It can separate daily routines to individual things that need to be done.  It can be changed to meet your needs when you need it.  The price tag is a little high, I don’t disagree with that one bit.  But it relieves so much stress from your and your kids.  There is no nagging about what to do and when to do it.  Help keep the focus where it should be.

 

  • Weighted Blankets– We tried this once.  We used it with A when he was smaller.  We only had a lap pad.  It didn’t seem to help him like we had hoped.  He complained it was to heavy.  And it could have been.  Weight blankets aren’t a one fits all.  Each blanket should be weighted to your child’s weight.  I am not very good at explaining this concept but there is a certain weight each blanket weighs based on how much your child weights.  Now when we tried it with M, she enjoyed it much more and didn’t complain about it being to heavy.  It did help her quite a bit.  We need to invest in another one but to her weight now.  This is something we will keep investing in over time.  Not only does it give her comfort, but when she is in high anxiety overdrive, these blankets help bring her down.

 

  • Calendar- Keeping a calendar is essential.  You and your kids need to know what is going on and what to expect.  Calendars help to give some grounding with chaos.  There are so many out there and you have to pick one to meet your family needs.  We have found that a simple Microsoft Word Calendar works great with us.  It is easy to read and most kids grow up learning on this calendar.

 

Now that we have talked about the things that I have tried, let’s talk about the ones I want to try.  Some I have stumbled on recently and others they have been in my list for a while.  Eventually finding the right items that work takes time.

  • Fitness Balls– I have heard using these helps minimize the energy as it disperses.  They are in one location and not in 500 places.

 

  • Swings– I have heard so many good things about swings with ADHD kids.  It gives them a place to relax.  Depending on the swing it could also help calm them down when they are having a bad time.  Most swings I have found though tend to be more of a permanent fixture.  However there are a few that aren’t but be prepared to take up some space.

 

  • Kindle with Immersion Reading– M loves to read but sometimes she just gets tired of it.  She is just learning to read and sometimes it is a little harder.  She has stories that are audible and she reads with them.  I have learned that Kindle has a way to read a story and then change to audible.  So if she started reading a story and then is done with reading, she can continue to listen to it.  Same thing for the exact opposite, she can start listening and then pickup reading anytime.  There are many books that use this immersion.

 

  • Fidget Balls– just like the stress balls adults use, these are made in mind for kids. Best thing about them, is the balls come in two different weights.  So there is a different in the usage.

 

  • Calm Down Jar– I need two of these!  It is similar to an hour glass. They watch the gel and glitter move from one end to the other giving themselves time to regroup.  Both M and A have issues with this.  I would love to try and see if this would work, instead of having to break up cat fights because when they are upset they attack–claws out!

 

Ok so this is where I will stop.  I will pickup another day with things I have tried and things I want to try,  I have been doing this for several years and I have tried so many things.  I want to work my way through them.

Have any comment or suggestions? Please let me know.

 

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Coming down…

My daughter M is coming down off the meds she was taking during the trial.  There is a difference in everything.  They insisted her best week was when she was on the placebo, but I can tell the meds did make an impact, even if small.

Her focus is back to what it use to be, very limited.  She is super emotional and bothered by a lot.  She is such a wiggle worm anyways and now she is super wiggly.  There was an impact with the meds but I guess it doesn’t really matter at this point.

While I wait for the Dr to call from the study to give me other options, I have to try and figure out ways to help her succeed. These are hard to find.  I have been looking for years already to help her because I didn’t want to take the medication route.

I have come across so many different websites with so much information.  However, the information is so confusing sometimes. M doesn’t just have ADHD.  She also has OCD.  And while some of the methods that I have found will work for one aspect they may or may not work with another.

I have to pick and choose my battles.  What is more important to find help with.  For me, success in school is on the top of my list.  Second, is success with social aspects. Finally, success in home life.  Home life is important, but we know how to manage with her.  We all have to have a little more patience and we can easily adapt better.  So my focus will be more for school and social.

School is the more challenging one.  I have to adapt her to the norms that are expected.  She doesn’t qualify for many of the programs at school.  So I need to help her at home deal with certain things at school.  I am not there to help her implement them.  This year, at school, she has a teacher who understands my struggles.  She has been very great in helping me help M.  But with just a few months of school left and M going into 2nd grade next year…things will become harder.  Currently M has issues finishing her work, keeping her desk area clean, being able to find what she needs, “handling” students when it is not appropriate (she likes to give hugs and kisses), and recently hitting.  So to tackle all these will take time and will not be an overnight fix.

Social, I think, will come easier once we get the school aspect better.  Knowing how to treat others in society and the correct way will slowly come.  She is very affectionate.  She loves to show how affectionate she is.  Telling her she can’t do certain things breaks down her whole persona.  So finding a balance with that is key.  We have told her ask before you do.  If you want to give a hug make sure to ask if you can.  More so than not does she do without asking.  Again, not an overnight fix.

I think her struggles will be hard to get through.  I think in reality we need to not take away her issues but help her to learn to live with them.  Help her manage them.  She isn’t a bad child and she doesn’t intentionally do bad things.  We also don’t want her to think that what she is doing is bad, because really it isn’t.  It is just there is a way to do it to not only benefit her but the world around her.

Do you have any suggestions or comments? Let me know.

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