A Long Lola Update

It has been just over a month since Lola began attending the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI) and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the progress we are seeing in our little girl. Prior to attending ISBVI, Lola had been in a three day a week, couple hour a day program. While she was learning in that type of environment, we could tell she was craving more stimulation which is why we chose ISBVI. Lola attends the school five days a week for the entire day alongside four other kiddos in her class. She is in a play-based classroom yet there is also structured learning. They focus on Lola’s abilities not her disabilities which means the classroom setting is challenging but not overwhelming for...
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An IEP Success Story

When you have a child with special needs, you are aware and ultimately prepared about the early childhood education intake process. First the public schools are notified when a child in their district is almost three years old and that child has some type of delay (physically, cognitively, speech, language, etc). Mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the child must be evaluated by the public school system in an effort to put that child in the most appropriate school setting as well as offered in-school therapeutic services – if a child qualifies – under what is called an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is specifically designed for the child by a team of professionals at the school. It not only ensures the child has...
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2013 VIPS Retreat – A Reunion

Last weekend Rob, Lola and I drove down to Louisville, Kentucky for the annual VIPS Retreat. Last year we were quite impressed with the overall logistics of the event which meant there was no hesitation in saying yes when asked if we’d be going back this year. We arrived early Saturday morning and first to do on our list was check Lola into the VIPS preschool. The VIPS Preschool is specifically designed for children who are blind or visually impaired. Not only is the infastructure designed for kids like Lola, but the toys serve specific vision loss components and most of the personnel are trained teachers of the visually impaired. There is a nurse on duty for those children who are medically fragile which helps ease the mind...
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And Of Course, a Lola Update

Lola has been one busy little girl which means that makes us busy by default. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, to us Lola is just Lola. Sure we know she has challenges and quirks, crazy schedules and many appointments, medicines and much much more but that is the life of our little girl. It’s the only life with a child that we know. When I don’t post about Lola, it’s simply because Lola is just busy being a typical toddler. She’s sassy and hornery. She is on a food strike where all she wants is peanut butter sandwiches and crunchy snacks. She throws fits because she can’t voice what she wants which has led us to believe that “the terrible twos” really do exist....
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Big Sisters Have to be Big Girls

Last night Rob and I began to have the discussion about where new baby’s room will be. Will she (no…not the sex, just using it for writing purposes) take Lola’s room, will she use Lola’s crib, will we keep the same theme and the list goes on. Of course that conversation led to heavy thinking on my part like will I love this baby as much as Lola, will Lola feel left out, will they love each other, are we really responsible enough to care for another tiny being and my mind continued to go in crazy directions (hey I’m a woman a wildly emotional pregnant woman). After much discussion and after many reassurances the bottom line was this…it’s time to let Lola grow up. You know, everyone...
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