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Kim in Appalachia

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About Kim in Appalachia

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  • Birthday 02/22/1970

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    I'm a mom of 2 girls and 3 boys. I've been homeschooling for 15 years.
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    TX
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    I enjoy reading, listening to music, and I used to quilt (I hope to do that again someday)

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  1. I want to add my congratulations to you starting your program! Tomorrow is the last day of classes for my occupational therapy assistant program. It will be the last time I am with my cohort until pinning. 🙂 I only have my clinicals/fieldwork left! I'll be done in Dec. We started with a cohort of 20, and now have 14. Group dynamics are always interesting. I just want to say to enjoy the experience! 2 years will fly by.
  2. She could have dementia. I doubt there is any way you could force an evaluation of her. Unfortunately, I believe that is difficult to do. But even if she is capable of traveling alone, does not mean that there is not something medically wrong. You could contact a lawyer and see what your options are. You also may be able to contact a social worker and see what avenues are available. A lawyer would probably be faster. You would need a lawyer who handles those type of cases, such as medical power of attorney. She needs to be seen by a neurologist who handles dementia. She'll need a full evaluation and CAT scan or MRI. This is also all great advice. Try setting up as many roadblocks as you can find. I'm so sorry. What a nightmare.
  3. Hi everyone. I've been absent on the boards due to being in school. I am in school to become an Occupational therapy assistant. We have a project this summer. We need to come up with easy, inexpensive craft ideas for the Dr. Pepper museum's inclusive children's day. The idea is that the crafts are doable/enjoyable/ and non-triggering to children on the spectrum. Crafts are not my thing. I raised 5 kids, and we did do some craft activities while homeschooling, but mostly, i avoided them. 🙂 Some info on the museum: There is a room with a slanted floor (used to drain out liquids), there is an old 1950's (or so) green truck, there is a room with lots of big gears and a well (sealed, though a classmate came up with the perfect one for that). There is also just a lot of space with information and no real purpose. So far, my ideas involve a lot of work. What I would love to do would be a felt project, that involved old trucks, horses, and train (there is a large wall mural that has all 3 one it). But that project would take an enormous amount of work. I would have to personally cut out all the the items, and I think that would be too much. But maybe I could scale to down?? I don't know. I also had an idea for balls and cones for the slanted floor, but that's not really a craft. Any help will be appreciated.
  4. I didn't care for the season at all. And I was excited about Jodie, so it was not that. The writing felt like fan fiction. Every episode felt as if it was missing a proper ending. Each one left me asking, "What just happened?" My kids have stopped watching. They could barely tolerate Capaldi's episodes, though they were happier without Clara. But now, they all think it's just pointless, which is sad. It did seem like every episode was designed to pander to a certain group instead of just telling a story. Good writing tells a story and creates characters you care about. This season did not do that.
  5. This is what I was going to suggest. I would have a Dr write a referral to an OT clinic. Research and find one that deals with sensory issues. Meet with the OT. If he or she can't help you he/she may know an OT who can.
  6. for my 19 yo and 16 yo new coat and hat hoodies. The boys never seem to have enough, and must be "brand" like Nike, UA or NorthFace (for the win 😄 ) Tech t-shirts and shorts (same as above) boots. That was for the 19 yo. He's in college and needs something for walking in the muck. tools, meaning a tool box filled with the basics The 16 yo is getting a new desk and chair for his room The 19 was almost all clothes. He just needed them. He's also getting gift cards, but you said no those. My son has a Nintendo Switch and can download games he wants.
  7. Knoxville, TN And that especially goes for the serious young musician. They have impressive teachers and the youth symphony orchestra is incredible. Knoxville has a decent downtown, a low COL, great university, good homeschooling groups (and laws), a very nice zoo, and growing greenspace. Good luck with your search.
  8. My dh did that a year ago. He gave up his 1997 Dodge for a RAV4. He has been happy with the decision, but it was hard at first. The Prius is nice. I think your dh will like driving it. ?
  9. Sorry you're not feeling well! I'll just chime in to say, that while his behavior would irk me, I do think it is well within typical for an 18 yo. There is a broad range when it comes to executive function skills, as far as how and when they develop and how those skills present in each person. My class today was devoted to working on executive function skills for those who either have suffered a traumatic brain injury or have a neurodevelopmental issue (think ADHD). It was a fascinating class. It is a difficult skill to develop for numerous reasons, but often because individuals lack the self awareness of their deficit. If and when he wants to work on those skills, there are resources. But it's not easy, and it takes time and practice to improve. Again, sorry you are not well. And sorry your son was not helpful. It is always bad when mom goes down and no one else can seem to pick up any of the slack.
  10. I've been studying all night. I've been writing up note cards with adaptive equipment along with at least 2 diagnoses for each piece of equipment. Fun times. ?
  11. We are currently thinking of Smoked Turkey from Rudy's, so I'm no help. ??
  12. November! It's finally starting to cool off in Central TX. ? Saturday I just did 12 minutes of kettlebell. It was 5 rounds of swings/push-ups/pull-ups. It was quick but felt good. This morning I ran 3 miles. The weather felt perfect. Sunny and low 50's. I'm hoping for a good week workout wise and eating wise. I can not get my eating back on track.
  13. Location. I would go with the nicer home in the better location, even if I didn't love the layout. You will have to resell one day, and a good location is one of the most important factors.
  14. Got my run in this morning. It was supposed to rain, but the storm slowed down, so now it will rain on the trick or treaters. ? But I did enjoy the run.
  15. We had friend's whose 3 girls slept in hammocks! They did for a number of years, then eventually got beds.
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