At 42 Degrees

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Not Going To Be A Dull Summer

Been lapsing a post or two because Isaac has been very, very VERY busy, and with the way the past few weeks has rounded out it is looking like we are not going to be having a dull summer. 

Unfortunately summer programs for children on the spectrum, in our area are few and far between, and mostly mind-boggling expensive. Many of the very few 'social-language' programs have a socialization requirement - i.e. your child doesn't need redirection. Okay, exactly how are you suppose to 'socialize' your child, who would not qualify for 'typical' programs, nor special needs programs?

Pray, and get creative with making your own programs, because the LORD answers prayers, and a membership to a local children's museum is within our budget, and SOCIALIZATION is off the scales, as Isaac mingles and interacts with all sorts of individuals, and of course Isaac doesn't categorize anyone as 'typical or special needs' - folks to him, are just folks,....

Also the coolness factor is off the chart,...check out this little face!!!

Fireman Isaac with his crew.

Mechanic Isaac fixes a car. 

Isaac the kid, having fun like any other six year old. 

Oh, also in the past few weeks, Isaac took the time to graduate from kindergarten. 

Less said about the graduation ceremony the better as the sensory load was overwhelming, although it is notable that Isaac SAT for the entire program, and any special needs parent reading this knows exactly what a triumph that was for our little guy. 

Of course, Isaac being Isaac, he ended up garnering his fair share, and a little more of face-time on the graduation's pre-program montage. Yep, that's our I.I. for all the see. 

No graduation pix for prosperity,...Isaac couldn't get out of the crowded building fast enough.
But he was a VERY brave little guy, and we're so proud of him, and his progress. 

After graduation, Isaac did what every graduate hopes to do.
Go straight to work. 
"Lunch anyone?" 

Mathematical skills?

Of course, Isaac is going to sack your groceries neatly, 
but please understand that Isaac is only working to put himself through vet school. 

Dr. Isaac is on call. 
"Don't you worry," says Isaac, "I fix it." 

Super-star Isaac,...this was from the Miracle League baseball celebration party. 
Of course, Isaac is thrilled with his trophy. 

What to do after a kindergartener graduates?
Rescue kittens.
A stray Mama cat hid her THREE kitten, in our car engine.
Isaac was THRILLED
"Cats in the car!" says Isaac, "C-A-T, C-A-R,"as our little guy is into spelling, and I mean, REALLY  into spelling as if he's already training for the national spelling bee.

Who knows? 
Maybe Isaac will be a spelling scholar.
Isaac loves books.

Although visits to our local library have been very few and far between and usually fraught with tears, Isaac's and mine as the sensory load was too much. But Isaac has matured a GREAT deal in the past six months, and this past week, he has his most successful library visit, which is going to be part of our summer schedule of 'fun' things to do. 

Picnic in the park? Oh yes, Isaac is into picnics this year. 
Backyard, park, everything tastes better outside. 

So many break-throughs this spring. Isaac's expressive verbalizations OFF THE CHARTS. 
We actually are having to teach him to 'be quiet'! - especially in the backseat of the car!
Never before has discipling a child been so joyful!!!!
But, Isaac is learning what is appropriate and inappropriate speech, just like any other child. 

More break throughs as Isaac is actually eating some BANANA for breakfast.
Okay, Isaac has actually always eaten a banana for breakfast, as I would whip a banana into his oatmeal with him none the wiser. But now, Isaac actually take about an inch of banana and eats it voluntarily. Very brave as the sensory issues are still there, but Isaac is such a champ to try new things. 

Notice the nicely trimmed hair? 

Mama trimmed Isaac's hair,...all by herself. 
Miracle? I won't dispute it. Not in the light of the past six years worth of rodeos trying to keep Isaac's hair from growing to his knees. 

But like I said, Isaac has really been developing in the past six months. All I had to do was ask him to be still, and our little guy was still as a mouse, and let Mama trim his hair, no fuss, no sass, and no tears. 

Thank you Lord, thank you. And yeah, the gummy bears were a reward, but Isaac didn't know he would get a reward,...that was just a bonus. 

Tour guide Isaac? Let's do-the-zoo. Another membership, well worth the money as we look upon it as therapy. Can't sit at home all summer. And Isaac is thrilled to go interact with the other children, and zoo keepers, and adults.

"Hi," says Isaac so infectiously it is rare that others don't respond to him. 

Last year there is no way Isaac would have wanted his picture taken with a cut-out, nor appropriately thought it was 'Silly' and 'Funny' or would he have made 'Oooh, oooh' - ape sounds. Progress, progress, progress. 

More fun stuff is loaded upon Isaac's summer calendar, although just hanging out with Mama at home has been fun. Isaac is never dull, and he's becoming so 'handy' around the house: laundry detail, dishes, bringing groceries in, sweeping. Don't call this therapy or chores, Isaac calls it FUN!!!

Life skills, reading skills, writing skills, socialization skills, nutrition, arts-and-crafts (Mama can only try), and lots and lots of active activities, as our little guy is a VERY active child, thus we need to hit the park, and backyard, and swimming pools, to put all that energy into useful development, although Isaac would just call it fun. 

First grade is looming in Isaac's future, but for now he's not going to have a dull summer!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wishin' And Fishin'

What could be more cool than getting to spend a school day at the lake? Spending the school day with a host of fishermen, dedicated to helping children with special needs!

Our local lake was BLANKETED with individuals from every walk of life, giving of their time and talents, and patience to teach special needs children how to fish. 

20 YEARS!!!!

Isaac is only a kindergartener so this was his first fishing trip. 

2 second touch, counts.

Sensory overload? Maybe a tad, but Isaac was totally brave and his fisher buddies were totally cool!

Add in ALL the snow cones you could eat!!!

And a bounce house!!!!

More snow cones,....very significant that Isaac chose blue instead of diet coke!!!!

Okay, if you've been reading this blog a while you know Isaac, and you know that Isaac could charm the hide off a rhinoceros. At the end of the event Isaac made friends with some firemen, who let our little guy cast a couple more times before he had to load into the school bus. Also another fisher-buddy, made a point to hunt us down so he could give Isaac his fisherman-towel for a souvenir. Isaac gave the man a thumbs up, a grin, and a signed and said, "Thank you." 

Daddy got to go to the event as well, and we had a little family time on the beach - very peaceful, very quiet (away from the big group), and very happy memories for Isaac's first fishing trip!

We are so grateful to everyone who supports special needs charities. If you ever wonder if these charities make a difference or not,...we can assure you that they do. Thank you.

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New Stuff For Spring 2016

    Wow, what a busy spring Isaac is having this year,...there is lots for a Kindergartener to do. Also Isaac is growing like a weed, and he's already a big, big, BIG guy for a six year old. Those little legs are too long to fit into a shopping cart seat, we're taking advantage of the new shopping carts available for the special needs community. 

    Isaac LOVED riding in this new shopping cart, which looks unweilding, but actually turns on a dime! And of course, Isaac can rock any ride,...he was having soooo much fun as we shopped that multiple other children were begging their parents, "Mom, I want to ride, too!" 

    Patience is a new trait Isaac is actively learning. Look how nicely we are waiting, and when Isaac understands the situation and can comprehend the time-frame, he actually can wait very patiently for a six year old. On the flip side, when Isaac doesn't understand the time-frame, it can be a challenge with lots and LOTS of, "When, When, When," questions that get caught in a feedback loop. Oh dear, but that's okay we, ourselves are learning patience as we help Isaac to cope with situations where there is no control over the time-frame. 

    Coping at school, Isaac gets to sit in the BIG yellow chair in the cafeteria, one because it is comfortable, and two because it helps him understand the boundaries of sitting at the table with his classmates. Having lunch with Mama always gets a thumbs up from Isaac! 

    How about HISTORY being made as Isaac tries his first ice cream!!!! Woohoo we thought this day would never come, but look at that, our brave little guy trying something new. Of course he didn't eat the ice cream, but Isaac tried and that's what counts. 

    Kindergarten graduation coming up soon. Oh dear, it should be an interesting event, as Isaac has a way of putting his own twist on any occasion. Summer is coming soon, more challenges, and more new vistas for Isaac to conquer,...he's a very brave little guy with LOTS of joy in his heart to share, and we are so very blessed to be part of his life. 

   Side note: April is done, but Autism, isn't, is part of our lives 365 - 24/7 - but so is Isaac and that is a very good thing, as we wouldn't miss this ride for the world!

    Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!