Walking Through The Darkness

Walking Through The Darkness

You see, we can not be strong and brave without feelings of fear…..one does not exist without the other.  The very definition of bravery is the “quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty,”  and strength only comes when we push ourselves beyond what is comfortable.

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Every Child Is A Different Kind Of Flower, And All Together, Make This World A Beautiful Garden

Every Child Is A Different Kind Of Flower, And All Together, Make This World A Beautiful Garden

This quote really speaks to me and resonates with our family’s journey raising a child with special needs. I truly believe this pertains to ALL children but is particularly meaningful to parents raising children with various disabilities and medical challenges. There is a science and an art to gardening.  Some flowers need lots of sunlight, while others thrive in the shade.  There are certain flowers that are resilient and hardy and need very little water or care, whereas others need to be watered daily and require plucking and pruning.

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5 Lessons Learned Since The Diagnosis

5 Lessons Learned Since The Diagnosis

One year…..One year since we received the call that would firmly change the projected path of our lives.  Early in the morning on January 11th, 2018, we received answers for our daughter’s developmental delays.  PURA Syndrome - the first time I would hear the name of this rare genetic condition.  Knowing provided answers, and a community, yet also leaves us with many questions, as is the case with most rare diseases.

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Standing and Walking: Our Favorite Toys for Encouraging Gross Motor Development

Standing and Walking: Our Favorite Toys for Encouraging Gross Motor Development

Last, but not least, here is a list of some of our favorite toys to promote standing and walking. Check out some of our other recommendations to encourage tummy time, sitting, and crawling. Taylor did NOT enjoy standing for a long time. I think she felt extremely unstable and she tends to be a bit cautious in general These particular toys kept her engaged and interested while in standing and really motivated her to be on her feet!

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Crawling: Our Favorite Toys for Encouraging Gross Motor Development

Crawling: Our Favorite Toys for Encouraging Gross Motor Development

We’ve covered our favorite toys for encouraging tummy time and sitting, and now we move on to crawling. Crawling requires significant strength and coordination, as well as the ability to plan and execute movement, also known as motor planning. Crawling is going to improve core strength and postural control, as well as strengthen muscles in the shoulders, arms, and hands.

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Sitting: Our Favorite Toys for Encouraging Gross Motor Development

Sitting: Our Favorite Toys for Encouraging Gross Motor Development

It will take several months to build up the strength and coordination for your little one to sit. I was so excited when Taylor was able to sit up (even propped) as it seemed to give her a new view of the world and she became even more engaged. The items that will be listed below were particularly helpful for us as Taylor made the transition to sitting independently.

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Tummy Time: Our Favorite Toys For Encouraging Gross Motor Development

Tummy Time: Our Favorite Toys For Encouraging Gross Motor Development

I have received a few requests to share some of our favorite toys for encouraging gross motor development. As a result, I’ll be doing a series of posts over the next week highlighting some of our favorite toys! The options below will work well for neurotypical children, as well as children with developmental delays.

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