Welcome to Holland

A friend of mine from high school directed me to this wonderful essay called Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley. [quote style=”1″]I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this…… When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting. After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you...
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¡Feliz Dia de las Madres!

Today is Mother’s Day in Costa Rica. I would say it is third in rank as far as most popular holidays go with Easter and Christmas being ahead by just a hair. It is a National holiday where employees have the day off with pay, where banks, post offices and everything else imaginable is closed (minus the grocery stores) and where Costa Ricans do nothing for the day except for honor their mothers. I find it rather admirable the devotion Costa Ricans have to their families. It is not a rarity to find families living within a few blocks of one another if not in the same house. Grown children have their independence, but stay close to home as what matters most to them is family. The family...
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Phase Seven of PT – Cause and Effect

Yesterday Lola had occupational therapy with Melissa. Melissa is still testing Lola’s eyesight to try and figure out where her strengths and her weaknesses are. She is looking for signs of color preference as well as if Lola can see better when objects are in her peripheral vision or directly in front of her. Once she has an idea as to what and how well Lola is seeing, she can begin to cater the exercises for Lola so that she can get the most out of therapy. [frame align=”center”][/frame] [frame align=”center”][/frame] Melissa began with a sing-along-song in Spanish while she used the bright colored gloves for Lola to follow. I think Lola was more into the song than the moving gloves as once the music was off she...
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