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  1. Our son’s therapist has been using one and it does fog up every time she speaks, making it useless for the intended purpose.
  2. After years of wire frames, I switched to plastic and I’m another convert. They hold their shape and are far more comfortable on my face. My wire frames always seemed to bend quickly and look crooked on my face.
  3. Yes to evals, and if your son isn’t safe at this point I would get a start on meds as well. It can take forever to find the right one (or more). We’ve had to start meds for both of my kids during quarantine because what was already significant anxiety became unmanageable anxiety and my kids became a danger to themselves and others. We already had evals for our oldest so we just started med trials (2 months ago now and still tweaking trying to get it right). My youngest has never had formal evals so I began making calls and was surprised to find that the top practice in our area was able to get him in the next day to begin thorough evals. They’re only having one family in at a time, we stayed socially distanced from the psychiatrist, she literally wiped down the clipboards and pens with sanitizing wipes for us to fill out rating scales, and we will do follow up visits through telehealth. I share this to say, you might be surprised that the shutdowns have actually made it quicker and easier for you to access care in your area. In the past we’ve waited several months for appointments, but by calling right as they were opening back up we were able to get in fast where others have cancelled their appointments due to covid concerns.
  4. We use several therapy resources that tackle emotional intelligence in our homeschool. Zones of Regulation, Story Grammar Marker, Superflex Social Thinking, Camp Cope A Lot (CBT) Summer Kinnard has a great webinar on therapeutic homeschooling for kid’s with disabilities and learning differences here it is from an Orthodox Christian perspective, but the resources she shares can be used by anyone. Mental health and emotional regulation are the biggest priorities in our homeschool at this point. Until we reach a stable place with my boys there’s not much point in pressing further academics. We still read a ton of literature, history, geography and we play with math, but I’ve backed off formal academics for the time being.
  5. Steam mop robot vacuum replacing carpet with vinyl plank flooring kindle unlimited for kid’s books rotating toys at 80/20 ratio from the garage to playroom wall to wall cabinets with bookshelves on top for our dining room/ homeschool room combo to house all of the craft supplies, manipulatives, and school books This one probably doesn’t apply to many, but my ds with autism, severe anxiety and insomnia has slept in my room on a mattress on the floor for years. My room has been cluttered with millions of quilts, stuffed animals, pillows, etc. This week we bought a trundle bed for his room and assured him that if he woke in the night dh or I would come sleep on the trundle on a rotating basis. Now dh and I are guaranteed a full night sleep at least every other night and we have our own room back!!! I have no idea why I didn’t think of this solution sooner.
  6. These are resources that we used and loved this year for a mythical creatures study. They’re not formal academic books, but they were inspiring and sparked tons of great conversations about all of the various literature in which we had previously come across these mythical creatures. This book is really well done and beautiful. It includes a ton of creatures and they can be recombined endlessly with new names and descriptions. We used this book as a jump off for some creative writing and my boys actually picked this one up many times to look through outside of school time. This one is a little silly with a secret code to crack, but it has maps showing where the myths originated from around the globe along with a brief description of each mythical creature. It’s neat to see how the same concept was adapted in different cultures. My boys still joke about the “Ceiling Licker” from China that we read about in this book. It definitely covers a greater variety of cultures than other resources we’ve found.
  7. My 10 yo dusts furniture and baseboards, wipes down bathroom counter tops and scrubs the toilet, wipes down mirrors/glass doors, vacuums out the cars, and steam mops. None of this happens as consistently as it should, but he’s capable of doing these tasks well. We do make sure he’s picked up any toys, crafts or projects he’s pulled out and put his laundry away before he gets on Minecraft at 4pm each day. We don’t have him do dishes because he has big sensory issues with food, but otherwise I wouldn’t hesitate to have a 10yo do dishes.
  8. This is really helpful to hear! My boys are entering 4th and 5th grade and we’e definitely not ready for logic stage writing/output. My oldest is autistic and has several learning differences, so I had to give up on comparing with others and keeping up with the WTM program pretty quickly. We’ll get there when we get there, and probably through unconventional means. The 6-3-3 model does sound much more realistic for the average kid.
  9. We’re moving away from a CM/classical approach to building our own courses based on my kid’s interests. We’ll continue to read plenty of great literature, but I’m simplifying history down to one spine book to give us more time for hands on math and science. We’ll delve into architecture, engineering, circuits and physics. After years of nature study, we’re all looking forward to it.
  10. I believe it went through our community in January and February (Southeast Coast US). My boys had high fever, aches and cough for days that developed into shortness of breath later in the week. Even when the fever stopped the coughs lingered for a solid month. While I didn’t get the fever I developed a dry cough that lasted for the duration of the month as well, and I had a weekend with extreme shortness of breath. Our entire co-op and sword classes were canceled at the same time because too large of a percentage of the classes were sick with the same symptoms and no positive flu tests.
  11. We’re doing The Chronicles of Prydain as our bedtime read aloud, Anne of Green Gables during school, and Wild Robot for independent reading right now.
  12. Yep, we started working through her interoception curriculum back in January. He’s come a long way in being able to express his needs.
  13. Yes! Thank you for saying all of this better than I can right now. And no, please don’t feel like you to need to delete Quill. It’s important to talk about these things. The stress we’re under is unreal, worse than anything I’ve ever experienced, and there is this feeling that it needs to be hidden. If God forbid, ds was struggling in any other way we’d be reaching out for prayers, help and support publicly. There’s a stigma with this that’s really hard to combat, the guilt as a mom is crushing. I’ll check out the link, PeterPan, thanks. We’ve ordered a vagus nerve stimulating device that pairs with a meditation app and some calming touch points as well for him. I thought I’d start a thread on the learning challenges board about how those work for us once they finally get here with the shipping delays. Praying for you and your ds too PeterPan and hope you all enjoy the Olive Garden takeout!
  14. Praying right now, MercyA.
  15. Thank you, Quill. That’s ok, and I really do understand; I’ve thought the same way in the past. My son has opened my eyes to a whole segment of people who are suffering. I think the scariest part is that you (general) think that when things get bad there are resources, a safety net, but in reality it’s not there. I called a crisis line for my son 2 weeks ago where they took our intake information and our county was supposed to respond with resources and referrals and we never received a return call. Our primary doctor prescribed meds though he wasn’t entirely comfortable doing so. We called 3 clinics repeatedly before reaching a human being. We won’t have a video conference with a proper specialist until next Friday. A hospitalization would be traumatizing for him, and we’re trying to avoid it if possible, but that’s our next step. I’m all for protecting the vulnerable from this virus (of which I am one) but there are definitely people who are mentally vulnerable too, and at this point I think their risk may be greater than my own. I don’t know how we balance that as a society.
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