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Two quotes – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

“I AM DIFFERENT NOT LESS” – Dr Temple Grandin Another week we dust ourselves down and go again. Although the route is still shrouded in mist and we face countless dead ends – we must keep going. If not for me but for our son. A session with a new health professional. Always a good sign when she does not ask me what I want, she asks our son. The health professional is going to contact school to see what…

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Click click. Dress your chair with stylish, snap-on accessories ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise KinrossIt’s a bit of bling for the wheelchair, and security and control for the user. Lucy Jones—named one of the world’s brightest entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2016 for designing clothes for people who use wheelchairs—launches a new line of wheelchair accessories today in New York City.A small US$49 metal clamp with a dock that fits on manual wheelchair tubing is being sold with two leather clutch bags and a cupholder that attach with magnets. It allows you…

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‘Foolishness’ plays a critical role in rehab ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

isn’t usually taken seriously in a medical world grounded in science, expert knowledge and quantifiable outcomes. BLOOM: Why was there a need for this paper? Julia Gray: It came out of things I was observing anecdotally about the clowns’ role at Holland Bloorview, and in other hospitals, and reading in academic literature about how clown practice is framed. I was seeing a strange tension between admiration for the clowns and an attempt to legitimize them by framing them as a…

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Diverse dolls help children ‘appreciate themselves as they are’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise Kinross Winnie Mak is part of a multicultural family. She is Chinese, from Hong Kong, and her husband Rafael is French and Greek. They live in London, U.K., and after their son Alex, now 4, was born, Winnie learned that the vast majority of dolls were white, girls and able-bodied. She wanted to create soft dolls targeted to boys and girls that “reflect the diversity of the world.” So she launched One Dear World with four dolls that represent…

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‘I open up a world for kids to be able to participate in’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise KinrossI have a strong image of Laurel Robinson (standing above), a speech-language pathologist at Holland Bloorview. Laurel is always racing up the path to the hospital, or back down to the parking lot, pulling a cart on wheels behind her. The cart is packed with alphabet boards, picture displays, photos and technology she uses to create a way for children who don’t speak to communicate. Laurel, who is usually on the road driving to client’s homes or schools,…

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After trauma, parents need space to ‘fall apart emotionally’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise KinrossSay the word ‘trauma’ among parents of kids with complex medical problems and disabilities, and the floodgates open. Maybe their child is medically fragile, and they run a mini-ICU at home, constantly ruminating over how to prevent the next crisis. Maybe their child is losing skills over time. Maybe they’re tired of fighting—at school, with doctors—for what their child needs. Maybe as their peers become empty nesters, supports for their adult child vanish, and their caregiving role ramps…

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‘Our nursery programs are a model for social change’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

BLOOM: How did you get into this field?Silvia Souto: After studying psychology and education at university, I worked in special education services in Argentina with children from infants to age five. When my husband and I came to Canada, and were trying to improve our English, my ESL teacher encouraged me to look into Bloorview. You will talk to people who have similar interests, she said, and it will help your vocabulary. I came for a visit and was accepted…

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Off-duty officer kills non-verbal man, injures parents in Costco ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise KinrossThis is a horrifying story for all of us in the disability community who love someone who doesn’t speak, and may not be able to comply with police orders in conventional ways. On Friday night, Kenneth French, 32 (in photo above right, with his parents), was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in a California Costco store. The officer also shot and critically injured French’s parents, who were grocery shopping with him. Police, speaking to reporters…

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Busy engineer finds happiness in children’s hospital ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise Kinross Emile Benyamin is an engineer who spends his days taking care of robots. His robots extract DNA from human blood and saliva, so it can be studied in research and clinical labs in hospitals. Emile travels across Canada to train scientists on the robots, and troubleshoot when there are problems. But when BLOOM interviewed Emile, he had come in to Holland Bloorview on a Thursday night to volunteer with young children in our Ronald McDonald Playroom. “Emile…

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Friday bonus watch ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

Friday bonus watch ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM Friday bonus watch This short film about living with a dad who has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair, and communicates with a pointer and letterboard, is now available on YouTube. My Dad Matthew is seen through the eyes of Elijah, who was then 14, and considers his father… This is only a snippet of a Parents Article written by BLOOM – Parenting Kids With Disabilities Read Full Parenting Article

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