Happy news!

Guys,
It looks like all the prayers you’ve been sending to me regarding my cousin and her little boy are being answered! Thank you so, so much!

He’s doing a little better tonight. He took 35 ML of his bottle. He will have heart and lung issues, but so far he’s responding well to treatment! He’ll be in the neonatal for a while though. Tomorrow he’s having a heart scan to see how severe the heart issues might be.

My cousin is more accepting tonight of his disability. She’s heartbroken but she’s coping well. The neonatal nurse gave her a card with some phone numbers of charities that deal with downs syndrome so she has some support when she leaves the hospital.

Nobody is allowed to see the baby right now, except the parents. No one is allowed into the neonatal unit.

I’m so happy things are looking up! Its good news!

I appreciate all of the kind thoughts and prayers that you’ve all sent! They are really helping!

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Sad news about my cousins new baby

Remember a few days ago I told you my cousin christine had a baby? And we all thought everything was fine with them? Well it wasnt.

When the baby was born he looked ok. But he didnt make any sound. He cried I think at birth but then once in the ward afterwords he never made a sound, or moved. He had tiny ears, and he wasnt feeding properly.

The doctors came that evening, and looked him over. It turns out he has downs syndrome. He is also deaf. His ear canals arent developed properly.

His heart and lungs are very weak too. He’s gone to neonatal and is in an incubator now. We dont know if he’ll make it. We’re hoping he will but literally its hour to hour. He’s very very ill.

If you pray please pray he’ll pull through.

We’re all devastated. Its awful. How something as happy as the birth of a new baby can turn into heartache within hours. Its so so sad.

Please pray he’s going to make it. I know he’s badly disabled, but my cousin can deal with that. We just want him to live.

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to my readers…I need ideas?

so as you my readers all know, I work on friday afternoons with children, in a preschool for kids with special needs.

well its the start of a brand new month, that means me and the other preschool teacher are getting ready to do some new activities with the children.

Each month has a different theme to it, set out by the curriculum that the preschool follows. This month, the theme is growth.

So what I am asking you guys is…

have you got any ideas for activities I can do with the children related to growth? Take into consideration that these kids are between ages 2-5 with most of them being between 2-4 and they have a lot of different issues ranging from sensory issues, to downs syndrome etc.

as an example, the other preschool teacher has already done something with the older age group about the body, and next friday afternoon we will be planting beans with the kids I work with.

so any ideas guys? anyone want to go look on pinterist to help me out?

I’d really appreciate it.

so growth, activities surrounding that theme?
thanks guys!
carol anne

Tour of the preschool I’ll be working at

this morning i went to look around the preschool that i’ll be doing my work experience placement at.

i met the manager, anita, who is my supervisor, I met sonia the preschool teacher I’ll be working with, and I met fiona, the mobility and orientation officer.

i sat and chatted with anita for a while about the placement. she told me about the kids. there will be five kids…all of whom have special needs. she only told me about two of the kids additional needs, because we didnt have time to go through everything. of the two she told me about, one has a visual and hearing impairment, and one has downs syndrome.

she said there are also a set of twins, and she did tell me they are very active, and so can be pretty full on. she told me that the little boy who has downs syndrome, he has a habit of pulling peoples hair, so i will need to tie back my hair to prevent this.

she said some of the kids have behavioural problems. but she said sonia is very good with the kids and has a great way with them. for the first week or two i am to observe the kids and observe sonia and how she manages their behaviours.

anita said after the first few weeks i’d be expected to organise activities to do with the kids, i said i’d like to read to them, and that isnt going to be a problem, there are tons of braille books there. so that will probably be my starting off activity once i get a little bit familiar with the kids.

i had an O and M session and fiona orientated me around the room I’d be working in. its a really well equipped room, lots of toys, books, art supplies, etc. the chairs are all child sized, it will be a bit of an issue fitting in one lol. but i tried it out and i do fit so thats good.

they said if i feel overwhelmed at any point i can take a five minute break. anita also showed me where the fire exits were and what we needed to do if there was a fire.

i’ll have to bench nitro at reception, basically tie him on and leave him there until i am done in class. i did that today, i left him there and he was whimpering and pining for me. he’ll have no choice but to stay there and get used to it, he isnt used to me leaving him on his own a lot.

so i’m pretty pleased. everything went off smoothly. and i cant wait to start on friday.

just so your aware, any future entries where I reference my work experience especially entries to do with the kids where i mention names and behaviours and stuff will be passworded.
if you’d like to read them let me know, but if i’ve already given you my password then it will be the same one so there wont be a change in password or anything.
so if you dont have it, and want to read about my experiences working with the kids, email me for it.
carol anne