So Long Sweet Summer – An Update on Maddie Claire

Fall officially starts next week, and for a girl who has always been all about summer, I’m strangely really looking forward to some cooler temps and a slower pace around here. Once cold and flu season is upon us, I typically schedule less appointments for Madison and don’t take her out quite as much since she’s so high risk. This summer has been pretty overwhelming, sometimes in a good way, sometimes not. But I’ve realized I haven’t shared a real update on Miss M in a while since we’ve been so busy! And what better way than to do...

Vision Therapy

So you may have seen me share the below video of Maddie girl using the switch pad earlier in the week (sorry not sorry I keep posting about it!), but she illustrated some awesome new brain connections to us in her therapy session last week! She’s still been teething and quite frankly, pretty moody, so when we went to speech on Monday I wasn’t sure how the session would go. She wasn’t too interested in eating, but because her therapist is awesome, she suggested we work on vision since Madison was awake. Madison has CVI, which is a brain...

Holiday Gift Guide

Dear Santa, What do you get a child with special needs? A child that might be immobile, have vision or hearing issues, epilepsy, developmental delays, and physical hardships? The answer is not a one size fits all, and can be equally as hard for parents to think of things to engage their child, as it is for friends and family members who know even less about what that child may really need. So in the spirit of the holidays, I’ve put together a list of some items that might work for the special needs child in your life! Although...

Meet Madison: Cortical Visual Impairment

Happy Friday! Madison has been teething hardcore this week, awake at all hours & hating all food, but she’s finally napping so I thought I’d continue my “Meet Madison” series with another one of her diagnoses: Cortical Visual Impairment. CVI is a condition in which there is a decreased visual response due to a neurological problem affecting the visual part of the brain. According to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, someone with normal vision uses their eyes to take a picture of an object. This message is sent to the brain through optic nerves, and the...