Thanks to the Rocky Mountain Deaf School!

Rocky Mountain Deaf School
Rocky Mountain Deaf School has been working on securing land to build a new school. I just wanted to tell everyone in Colorado what a wonderful school RMDS is and why they should support the new build.

Birkley started at RMDS at the end of January when we moved from Denver to Jefferson County. I can’t even describe the amount of progress she has made since she’s been there and it’s only been about 3.5 months. Birkley has made huge strides in her vocalization, her attention to detail, her physical challenges and her ability to learn sign language.

Like most special needs kids, communication is always a tough one. In our case, Birkley would bang her head on the floor, clench her teeth, and start to cry and scream. It was always a guessing game to find out what she wanted and most times I would get frustrated and end up in tears if I couldn’t figure it out. We had always used sign language with her but she needed more one on one help at school in order for her to start understanding it more and to start learning it. At the time, the school she was at just wasn’t able to give her the same amount of help and support.

Today with the help of RMDS, Birkley has made huge strides. She has signed milk, water, mom, jump, tree and possibly more. It’s of course hard to tell at times but it’s a miracle she is even communicating. She uses her hands more than she ever did before, she has been babbling a ton which is a part of learning sign language and something most deaf children do as they progress and she has started to make really loud vocal sounds where we have to speak up sometimes to get over her voice. Birkley has also been more focused at times and is now sitting better, getting up on all four’s all the time to the point where she is about to start crawling, and overall getting stronger in her legs, arms, and better motor control in her hands.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to this school. As a parent, all we want is for our children to move forward. We want to see big accomplishments and feel good about where we bring our children every day. Have to say this is the first school Birkley has been to where I don’t feel stressed when I leave. Birkley is happy every time I say bye with a huge smile on her face and know she’s in the best hands.

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IPad2?

I am looking for a technology grant to use an IPad as an assistive technology device/ communication device for my students. Currently, I am using over 32 low, mid & high tech communication boards & devices with my students. It would be an incredible blessing to have one device replace almost all of these. I would be able to have all visuals/ communication devices across every school setting & would have access to millions of much needed visuals within milliseconds.

Soooo, I attempted to apply for a technology grant last week & unfortunately, received an email reply to my five page single-spaced grant proposal that preschool classes are not eligible to apply. BUMMER.
Any ideas of grants to apply for/ where to find grant money for educational technology? Also, has anyone used an Ipad with young children with special needs; I would love ideas on useful apps & pros/ cons of using an Ipad with children with special needs?

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Easiest, Homemade Sensory Table Even a Mom Can Make

Easiest Homemade Sensory Table
We all know that sensory tables can be super pricey usually around $300 so I did some shopping and made my own for really cheap. I wanted something that I could put together myself. Feel like there are already a zillion projects to do on the weekend so didn’t want to add to the list. With this table, you can make it in about 30 minutes and so easy. No sawing or building involved and only paid around $36 for the entire thing.

What to purchase:

  • IVAR table at Ikea – costs $19.99
  • Industrial Strength Velcro – cost me about $5 for the pre-packaged kind. Can buy it at JoAnn Fabrics.
  • Plastic storage containers – cost $5.99 a piece
    I bought 2 because wanted them to have a water side and dry side.

Step 1 : Put the table together
I left the bottom shelf off so my daughter could play with the table in her walker. Otherwise may bump into it. To put the table together you actually just screw on the legs, so easy. Takes 10 min.

Step 2 : Add the velcro to the plastic container and also onto the table on atleast 3 sides.
I cut each strip into 3 pieces so I didn’t need to buy so much and worked great. The sticky side is super strong so will hold after 24 hours.
*if it doesn’t seem to stick very well after a few days, just add some Guerilla super glue (can buy at JoAnn Fabrics)

Easiest Homemade Sensory Table

Easiest Homemade Sensory Table

Easiest Homemade Sensory Table

Step 3 : Add rice, water, whatever to your containers and your done!

Easiest Homemade Sensory Table

Everyone loved it. Perfect for all ages and it’s the perfect height. If need to make it taller, add feet to the bottom legs using wood and wood glue.

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