Back from a long vacation!

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Back from a long vacation!
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Sun, 08-19-2007 - 10:53pm

I am back from vacation and feeling relaxed. We had a blast in Colorado. I am just catching up on all the posts here. You gals have been busy!

Alas, school starts tomorrow. The "super-size-me" kinder setting. Good news is we do like the teachers an think we can work with them. The admin are bozos, sorry to say.

I don't know if this link will work, but I'll try. We did the greatest, coolest, most empowering thing with Eric on vaca. We used an adaptive sports center to book ASD-friendly outings and one was a ropes course. DH and I did it too, it was like flying! We had a total blast and Eric gained so much confidence doing it.

Here's the link, but I know it may not work. If not, I'll post one of the pics of Eric "flying" on my blog this week.

http://adobe.kodakgallery.com/ShareLandingReg.jsp?Uc=18lnrcro.520j7sd4&Uy=occh7x&Upost_signin=Slideshow.jsp%3Fmode%3Dfromshare&Ux=0&UV=12925635224_781989271208

Katherine

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Mon, 08-20-2007 - 12:05am

How cool Katherine! Love the idea of the vacation. Wish I would have thought of that years ago instead of all the work planning our own.

I was featured in our alumni magazine about a year ago and it was about this kind of thing. I was doing and interview about parenting children with special needs. At the time we were planning our trip to disney and I was telling the interviewer about all the preparations and changes we had to make to have the vacation be even a moderately successful one. It stuck with her and she made the focus of the article around that part.

Welcome back! The link didn't work for me but I look forward to seeing the picture on your blog.

Renee

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Mon, 08-20-2007 - 11:24am

I put the great photo of Eric "flying" on my blog

http://www.gfcfmommy.blogspot.com

Yes, Renee. It was wonderful. We arranged our own travel and accommodations, however, the sports center will help you arrange accommodations if you want. They also give scholarships to help with the cost, though it was not expensive considering what we did. We had two guides who were specialists in various things, ours were OT, PT, and sports therapy but each had worked with a summer camp for kids with ADHD/autsim. I wanted to take them home with me!

It was one of the few times Keith and I could really relax, just knowing they were there to help if there were any meltdowns etc. Also, we could never have attempted sports like this without outside help and you can see from the grin on Eric's face how happy he was. We did canoeing, an easy white water ride, and the challenge ropes course.

We're even using the memory of this to help with his anxiety issues. Sort of, "remember when you....in Colorado? That was hard, this will be easy, you can do it!" Don't know if it will work, but it's worth a try!

Katherine

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Mon, 08-20-2007 - 8:37pm

Wow,

there are so many things I would like to try with the kids but just can't because of issues like this. Heck, I can't ride the bike down the street without 2 of them trying to get hit by a car. Then add in the anxiety and BAM! Geez, just fishing was hard enough with these guys.

They do ADHD too so I am not going to get odd looks if the kids are older and very verbal? Even Dave could use the help but that is a WHOLE nother post (lets just say he is showing his aspie colors in soccer these days)

Renee

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Mon, 08-20-2007 - 9:30pm

I know, Renee. I can't go bike riding with Eric without having a heart attack either. He can't' ride and talk at the same time, and he wants to do both badly but could end up in a crash! We could never do these vacation sport things without the outside expertise.

That was the beauty of this vacation. The people there were only interested in all of us having fun as a family. We didn't just immediately do the zip line. We did some team-building and confidence building games (just the 3 of us) and Eric got a kick out of mom and dad doing "ot'ish" things just like him. It was an equalizer. We did some practice stuff at lower levels. Eric lost his footing prior to the photo I have. He "hung out" in the harness talking to himself, echoing for a good 10 minutes, everyone waited, when he was ready, we went again, and he had a ball. (Not gonna happen at your rock climbing park in suburban Miami!)

No, the staff won't bat an eye at older, verbal, spectrum kids, teens, or adults. Their clients are folks with mental and physical disabilities of all ages and ranges. But you just have to be honest with them and tell them everything you want them to know.

I obviously am very high on them now. We've had two great summer vacations using their services. We only have one child, I know it is different for you planning with so many. But if you fancy a Colorado vacation, call them. I have the link on my blog. To give you an idea of cost, for the 3 of us together total, it was about an average of $225 for a 1/2 day outdoor sports experience. This also included snacks, drinks, and food (yes, they respect dietary issues too!)

Ok, I'll shut up. That's my plug for tonight!

Katherine

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Tue, 08-21-2007 - 7:59am
Good Luck with Kindy!! let us know how it goes!


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Registered: 11-28-2006
Thu, 08-23-2007 - 7:05pm

Wow what a cool trip! I was like "whats roping????" lol. ONce I saw your pictures I thought how cool is that?!

Heck I'm terrified of flying, but that is something I might try (very tiny chance, but a chance lol).

Glad to see you guys had so much fun!

lainie