Early Morning Prayer and Worship Time/DeZarn Family Comedy Hour

Prayer time with my minions is a little less this...

Prayer time with my minions is a little less this…

Of course we pray before meals, always have.  However, a long time ago, I decided to carve out a time to pray and spend time with God and my kids.  I thought it was important but I also didn’t want it to feel like punishment or something boring to get through to get to something else.  So, I picked a time that was regular and where they really didn’t have anything else to do.  We pray, recite Bible memory verses, and sing simple worship songs every morning on the way to school (and sometimes they initiate it on other car rides too; which is just fine with me.)  It’s only about 10 minutes but it is regular and genuine and you’d be amazed at how much they have learned in that time over the course of several years.  Plus, they frequently dive into their children’s Bibles to pick the next verse or ask questions later in the day about what they learn in that time.  It’s great!   Continue reading

Really Cool Product Review: Hidden Rules With Friends

A few months ago, Michelle Roush from Things I Can’t Say (one of my personal favorite blogs,) said that she was looking for some mommy bloggers for kids with special needs to check out some new products and write reviews.  Quick as my little fingers would carry me I hopped on that bandwagon.  Then, about 10 minutes later, I panicked because I thought, “What happens if I hate this product?  What will I say?”  Well, I lucked out because I absolutely LOVE this product and I cannot wait to tell you all about it.

A game for teaching those rules that no one really talks about but that make our kids stick out in a crowd.

The product I was sent, a card game called “Hidden Rules With Friends,” was from a company called Courage to Change.  Courage to Care is attempting to make books, learning and play materials aimed at persons of all ages with learning and/or social and emotional needs.  You should definitely check out the link because they have a ton of really interesting products.  I think I’ve probably blown about half of my home school budget in my mind just browsing! Continue reading

Assessment, Pompous A**es Do It–You Should Do It Better!!!

A few weeks ago, when Brandy and I asked what you’d like to see on Modified Mamas, one of the responses was more ideas for home schooling or practicing skills at home for kids with special needs.  I am committed to doing just that and today is the first installment. Whether you home school or just want to help your child practice skills at home, I think this information will help. Continue reading

The Games We Play!

Sometimes a not-so-scary spook is pretty fun:)

Fall in Kentucky is pretty soggy and we have to be creative to burn off some of that extra energy.  We do this lots of ways.  Wii competitions, dance parties, etc. all help.  Here lately, we’ve been playing a new game that is both timely and leads to hours of silly giggles, I thought I’d share it with you.

Mylie loves to play hide-and-seek but it’s a game that she needs to play in wide open spaces.  You see, she is just not capable of running or even walking fast around obstacles.  It is inevitable that during the hide-and-seek she will either pay attention to the person behind her and run into something or she will watch where she’s going and when, someone tags her, she’ll lose her balance and fall.  We’ve found a way to avoid those problems with a game called “hide-and-spook.”

I should probably preface the description of this game with the fact that jumping out and “scaring” people is a part of the culture at our house.  My husband’s family has made this an art form and they are really scary, folks!  At our house, we do a lighter version of their game.  We don’t scare in the dark, we don’t grab people, we don’t dress up in scary outfits.  Basically, it’s like saying “boo” and is always followed with hugs, giggles and tickles so it is not associated negatively at all.  In fact, our kids will say, “Hey, scare me!”  I realize that this game, in a house without this as a normal part of life, may be better suited for older kids or at least have some careful explanation.  

Okay, disclaimer done, this is how hide-and-spook works.  It starts just like hide-and-seek with someone counting and the rest of us dashing off to hide.  Then, the person who is “it” tries to find the hiders before they can jump out and spook them.  “It” also gets to try to hunt us quietly and surprise us with a spook.  Once someone gets spooked, the entire house dissolves into laughter and hi-fives and we start again. The game works because we move quickly to our hiding places (and laugh enough to count as aerobics) but there is no dangerous chasing.  Also, there’s no winning or losing, either way, somebody gets spooked and everyone crumbles into the floor laughing every time.

On this Tell Us Tuesday, what kind of games does your family like to play?  Do you have games like this that you’ve invented?  Do you stick to the standards?  Do you modify existing games?  Let us know; we’re always looking for great ideas!

Tell Us Your Super Power!!!

Velcro Ninja Warrior Princess/Mama

Yes, my friends, I am a velcro ninja!  I know how to make your velcro use last longer, more versatile and, yes, more awesome.  I’m sharing all of this knowledge with you in the post  linked below:)  So on this “Tell Us Tuesday,” we want to know, what’s your super power?  Are you the guru of overnight packing? Have you mastered the Tao of feeding pump hoses?  Do you have an ingenious and masterful tip for saving time in middle of the night bed changes?  Tell us, mamas, what fantastic tips have you found that make life just a little bit easier around the house.  As a mama who spent an unexpected weekend away from home, I’m gonna need all the help I can get to crawl out from under the laundry and home school planning this week!!! Continue reading

Can We Talk Part 3: From Their Code to Ours

I deeply apologize that it has taken me this long to get to part 3 of this series.  School started and I have been waist deep in home school planning, transition to school behaviors and all of the other magic that is the beginning of school.  However, communication is an issue about which I am passionate so here goes!  We’ve cracked your child’s code, he/she is learning to make choices, now we need to make the jump to symbolic language. Continue reading

Can We Talk Part 2: Just Pick Something Already!

Okay, now that you’ve cracked your child’s code for other people, let’s talk about moving communication from instinct to intention.  The first and most important way to do this is to allow them to make choices.  Why is this so important?  Because, having choice in one’s life gives the person empowerment over their environment.  It is a matter of respect and it is one of the special privileges of humanity–I mean, I don’t ask my dog what he wants to eat or what color collar he wants to wear but my kids sure can pick, at least some of the time.   Continue reading

Can We Talk? Part 1-Be the Code Cracker

I started writing an entry about KWSN’s and communication.  However, it was quickly becoming a novel so I’ve decided to make it a series.  I have been blessed to work with an absolutely outstanding lot of speech/language professionals in my classroom and with my own babies and they’ve left me with some great tricks and I have come up with a few of my own.  I hope they’ll be a help to someone out there and I would be forever grateful if you’d leave me some tips of your own.  So, that said, here is part one: Continue reading