Turn your wheelchair into a rocking chair!

Lately my daughter has been crying all day long and the only thing that soothes her is rocking, which is hard to do all day long with another child. So I searched online to find an indoor solution to soothe her and found the “ROCKERSKI”

I love this invention! It can be folded down and packed away. Fits most standard wheelchairs.

In Australia it can be purchased from FAS.

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A lovely special needs poem

This poem always helps me when I’m having a crap day!

 

WELCOME TO HOLLAND

by
Emily Perl Kingsley.

c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.

Swings to soothe the soul

We all love swings, big and small!
When my daughter is having a bad day – and lately she seems to be having quite a few :(…. rocking motion seems to be the only thing that settles her, but she’s almost 20kgs, so my arms can’t take it for more than 20 mins! So the swing is our best friend, here are some great options I found.

Mexican style hammock, you could put a tomato chair liner or a gotoseat to help a child set upright if they need more support. A much cheaper option than most of the special needs swings. and also if you’re renting its a portable option. I like it for rainy days as I can move it inside.

http://www.zanui.com.au/Mexican-style-Hammock-and-Chair-Stand-Combo-Neutrals-2163.html?gclid=CObE2JmX4r0CFU0JvAodLTQA8g&wt_pl=au.pla.google.Swings.Tropicana%20Hammocks.NO105CH36DFF-2132&ef_id=UpubDAAAAdVCXC4M:20140415093026:s

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For a much more special option the Soothe-A-Matic XL Motorized Swing

Soothing Motorized Movement For Children And Adults

Helping folks enjoy life with proven sensory stimulation therapy
Six years in the making we have designed this piece of equipment for a wide variety of uses.
Comes standard with a Four Foot Cedar Porch Swing or our wonderful Hammock

Or choose from  these other swings.

  • Full Body JennSwing
  • Wheelchair Platform
  • Larger size for Bed or Hammock coming soon

http://www.newmexicoswingworks.com/soothe-a-matic-xl/

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