Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Church for All!

Oh, I'm so excited! I'm talking to some other people from my church about having a special needs class next year, at least one or two times a month. We've got some boys/young men with moderate autism, a young man with Angelman Syndrome and another young man with Down Syndrome who don't really have anywhere to go during church. They end up in the infant room, which is okay, but not really the best for any of them.

We are thinking about music, sensory activities, crafts (not my idea, but okay), bubbles and so forth.

Inclusion is wonderful, some of the time, but sometimes the opposite of inclusion is even better (well, not exclusion, but you know what I mean).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Potty training, and I mean it this time!

As the twins begin to out-grow any standard pull-ups except the overnight huge ones, the time has come to get serious. We are trying an underwear-only, use the potty every thirty minutes approach. Well, not every thirty minutes for both of them or I'd be totally nuts by now. But we are really doing it with G., who up til now has specialized in waiting seventeen hours to go and then flooding himself and anyone nearby.

And, despite his complete lack of interest, an even smellier house, and tons and tons of carpet cleaner and wet towels, Greg is occasionally going in the potty! He would prefer to hide in a closet, or wait til bedtime when he finally gets a pull-up, but for the first time in his life he is sometimes sitting down on the toilet and actually going.

It's only been two weeks or so, and I foresee many months of this, but it is progress and I am so happy.