There are enough books and articles that make it out that there is no cure for autism. It is so refreshing to find a story where a family has found a path to cure autism that has worked for them.
The book is a story about a mother who pulls her son Clay out of autism and saves him from being trapped in his own little world. Her story truly touched me, I could not put the book down. I myself was in the process of setting up an ABA program for my son and I really truly felt the emotions she was writing about.
I feel blessed to have read her book because she helps mothers like me see that we are not alone. She gives us hope that we to can save our children. It is amazing that she puts her heart and soul into the pages she write, her pain and suffering, and her great successes out there for us to read.
I think its important that people with children who have autism, and heck even parents with typical children learn that it is our responsibility as parents to protect our children. Not everything the doctors and specialist say are right for your child. I had one specialist telling me that the gluten and dairy free diets would not help my child. That his digestive issues were not related to autism. Well we did it anyways and poof, I have a whole new happier child.What I’m trying to say is educate yourself, ask questions, and follow your gut.
I combined a lot of therapies and make them work. My son:
attends a full time ABA program,
attends daycare full time,
is on the gluten free/dairy free diet,
has an at home Doman program,
home schooled in the evenings,
has a good pediatrician,
sees a naturopathic doctor,
a speech therapist
and an occupational therapist.
All these programs as contradicting as they may seem all have there time and place. I am very involved in every aspect of my son’s life. I’m sure let him live his life but all these people know that I have high expectations out of all of them, and if they fall short and fail my son I will be following up with it.
I also pull my weight with this, I research, provide materials and make sure they have what they need to help my son. This has put me thousands of dollars in debt, but the window of opportunity is closing a little everyday. I will have years to pay off my debt. Right now I only have 10 months left till my son goes to kindergarten.
The author helped me realize I have to fight to save my son and it is possible to cure autism. She had the strength to challenge people and the fight to prove them wrong. Even when they told her there was no cure for autism.
Now this book might not sit right with everyone. Some people get very upset when people want to cure autism. While I agree we should love our children how they are, I love mine too much to leave him where he is. The reviews I have read about this mother have broken my heart.
In 2012 I had another amazing son, and in 2014 he was also diagnosed with Autism. However in 2016 we also found out he was diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety.
People that say I’m a terrible person for wanting to cure autism have clearly not been beaten and attacked by their own child. Are you arms covered in bites, scratches and bruises?
However, do you know what is worse than that? When you see your own child hurting himself. When he knuckle is so swollen from chewing on it. He is trying to hold back because he doesn’t want to hurt you. But he has to do something. Or his poor forehead when he headbanged against the floor so hard he either has a bruise or rug burn.
Christmas celebrations are particularly heartbreaking for us as we typically spend the holiday confined to the basement instead of being surrounded by family and friends. I do my best to create a meaningful holiday experience for him; we watch a “Charlie Brown Christmas” together and Grandma brings his presents downstairs to be opened separately. Even so, he understandably wants nothing more than to be upstairs with the family but to do so results in an almost immediate meltdown. The boisterous conversations, laughter, music, and hustle and bustle of people are just more than he can handle.
When I say I will always want to cure autism, I don’t want to change my son’s personality. I love his wild personality. He is one of the toughest and bravest kids I have ever met. Never in a million years do I want to change his strong spirit, even though it can be a pain in the butt from time to time. None of this is autism, it is who my son is.
What I to do is help stop his body from running in overdrive from the time he gets up till the time he goes to bed. Not because it is hard on me. But because he cannot sit down long enough to do the things he loves. Read a book, watch a TV show for more than 5 mins.
My youngest loves birthday parties. But 9 times out of 10 they are too much for him. He gets overstimulated and we have to leave. Never does he wants to leave, but he has no choice.
So before you judge a parent for doing they do. Before you criticize them for changing their child’s diet. Or spending thousands on therapy that you don’t believe in because the doctor doesn’t believe in it. Think, what better suggestions do you have for that mother and father?
This review was originally written in 2009. But was updated in 2017. The opinion expressed is that of my own. I was not offered any compensation for this post.
This summer we will be flying back out to Philadelphia to go back to the IAHP. This time I will have my hubby and Little Z Man in tow. Z will be going for a full evaluation and a complete program custom made for our Z. I will also be taking the Lecture Series 2, which is a continuation to the course I took in September.
As you can image this will not be cheap. We have to fly to Philly, stay in a hotel for 7 days, rent a car to transport us, and then the actual cost of the evaluation and lectures. I started looking for grants and financial assistance. Last year I found the Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children.
So I decided to contact their head office last year. They put me through to our local lodge. A man named Dave from the lodge came and met with me and Z. But since we were not going to be going till August of 2017, and the lodge was closing down for the winter, I held on to the paper work till April. Honestly it took me a while to get the letters I needed from different doctors.
Come April I tried to contact Dave, but he was still out of town. So I was put in contact with a man named Dave. He took our application to the local lodge and they voted on it to see if our cause was something they wanted to sponsor. I was so excited when I got an email back saying this was something they wanted to back, and we moved on to the next step in the process. Dennis then helped me get the paper work to their head office and gather up other documents they required.
While I was really hoping we would get the financial aid, I was mentally preparing myself that we might not.
Then one day I got this email from Dennis:
Congratulations Monique we were successful when the cheque arrives we will make a formal presentation to you and Zakari. no doubt with our regalia on.
We will have pictures taken for our Elks magazine and when you get a receipt from Achievement of Human Potential we will require a copy for Agnes.
We wish you a successful trip to Philadelphia.
I was over the moon thrilled. All our hard work and determination had paid off. A weight had been lifted off my shoulders. The Elks of Canada were paying for our evaluation appointment. We had managed to get an amazing deal on our flights, accommodations and car rental. We had saved and were able to pay cash for that part. The fact our family did not have to go into more debt to get our son the help he needs was just amazing. It lifted such a burden off our shoulders.
When the cheque arrived, we went down the the local lodge’s bi-monthly meeting. It was so nice to meet all the people who had stood up and backed up our son. I was nervous about the whole meeting, because sometimes Z gets worked up in a group of people. However I was super proud of him. He said “hello” and thanked them for helping him. He did spot a box of Tim Horton’s donuts from across the room, and ask for one. Of course they told me he could have one, but they didn’t offer because they don’t know about allergies and stuff. Of course we declined as Z is gluten free and wouldn’t feel well afterwards. Since it was so close to bedtime, I was worried he was going to hit the ground and have a full force tantrum. But I told him we had gluten free ones at home and he was fine with that. However it was one of those “Out of the Mouth of Babe” moments. Here they wonderful people are giving him thousands of dollars for therapy, and all he wants is a Timmie’s donut.
Everyone there was so welcoming and kind. They asked questions about our journey. Also about the program itself. They also seemed so happy to have been able to help us. I could tell that helping children is truly a passion for this group of men and women.
They are now part of our journey to wellness. In the future, when Little Z is completely well, we will look back and show him this picture and tell him these are only a few of the people from the Elks, that helped you get the help you needed.
So in 17 days, we will be jumping on a jet plane and starting a whole new adventure. I have such high hopes for this trip. This life changing step towards wellness.
Thank you to the Elks of Canada, especially Winnipeg Lodge No.10. To our family, you are angels with purple wings.
Check out the video below. This was after we visited the Elks meeting.
If you follow me on Youtube, you might have noticed there was a long break in between my haul videos. I love collecting books for my kids, and find the most affordable way to do so is to buy them at thrift stores. But since September after my visit to the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential(IAHP), I actually switched my focus to making Z’s homemade books. I didn’t want to keep collecting books if we were not going to be reading them right away.
Well over the last few months Little Z attention and focus have improved so much, that he can sit for longer story books. My collection to date has been more short, one sentence per page stories. But now that he can sit so well I have been trying to include 15 mins a day minimum of reading from commercial storybooks.
15mins?!?!?! That’s it? Well not really. We read a lot more than that. Little Z and I usually read 5 homemade story books, 2 times a day. This is just on top of that.
So far my favourite thrift stores to hit up for books are Goodwills and MCC thrift stores. As well, come this spring and summer, you can bet I’ll be hitting up garage sales as well. While Value Village does have a great variety of books, at .99 cents to $2.99 a book, even with the buy 4 get 1 free deal, that is a bit rich for my blood. Especially when I know I can grab books for 25cents to 50cents at the other stores. I may bite the bullet in the next few weeks and start looking at Value Village kids books again, when my Bookshark Instruction Guide arrives in the mail. We will be using Bookshark to homeschool Z in September, however with the exchange, it was cheaper for me to buy the books individually and I’m hoping to find some at the thrift stores as well. I will blog and vlog about this in more details in the future once I get myself organized.
If you’d like to see my newest Goodwill Haul video, check out the video below!
Over the last nearly 7 years of running a home daycare, I have found that a well written contract is the best way to run your business smoothly. A contract not only protects you if things go south with a client and your need proof to present in small claims court, but it prevents miscommunication between you and your daycare families.
When I first started my home daycare, my contract was maybe three pages. Even then it was more thorough than others I have seen in the past. However over the years, I have tweaked it to be very detailed, and is now about 8 pages long.
A contract should explain what services you are willing to provide, what is expected from your daycare families, and what happens in certain situations if the agreement is broken.
Contracts are an easy tool to use to avoid conflict. It is much easier for you to correct a family from taking advantage of you by referencing the contract. This is better then try and remind them about the conversation you had during the interview a year ago. If you are in a verbal agreement, it is easy for a family to say, “Oh I didn’t understand or I would not have agreed to that.” You have a much firmer upper hand if you can point to where it says it in the contract and where they signed in agreement. This goes too for parents, a provider can promise you the moon, but at the end of the day it is what is in the contract that will be enforced in small claims court.
Contracts can also help providers weed out potentially troublesome families before they even start. I always send out my contract to my families before I have them come for the interview. If they were to message me with concerns about late fees. I let them know that late fees are only a problem if they are late for pick up. I have had potential families then tell me that my hours of operation are very tight for them. They are concerned they maybe “a little late, from time to time”… Well right there I can make the choice. I either take them and set in my contract an extra small charge to stay open late or cancel the interview.
Another red flag for me is when people do not want to put a deposit down. My deposit is used for their last month of care should they give proper notice. Also it is non-refundable should they decided they really don’t want the spot. They may still be shopping around, but don’t want me to fill it before they make their decision. This helps me screen and not waste my time with people who are not serious about the spot, or who don’t want to give proper notice when they leave.
So far I have only talked about how a contract protects the provider, however it is very powerful for a family as well. I would never put my child in a daycare without a contract. I want to know which days I’m expected to pay? What happens so my deposit if the daycare closes? What is the policy on discipline, etc.
A contracts protect parents from providers that are constantly changing the rules. It give you a point of reference if there is a conflicted. You as a parent can look back and refresh your memory, “Did I really agree to that?”, “No that is not mentioned in the contract” or “Oh yes here it is, I must have forgotten that.”
Contracts allow families to plan according to an actual agreement. A contracts allow providers to provide full disclosure of the daycare rules. Contracts help avoid conflicts. However should conflicts occur, contracts are there to make sure that in small claims court the actually agreement will be honored.
Check out my video on The Importance of Daycare Contracts
As a provider what is the most important part of your contract? As a parent, what are you looking for when you read over a contract?
This summer I read a very interesting book written by Laura Brodie called Love in a Time of Homeschooling. I stumbled upon it at our local library. It is a journey of a mother who decides to homeschool her free spirited daughter for only one year.
The author takes us through the year she decided to give her daughter a sabbatical from the everyday mundane routine of school. She spends a lot of time describing her daughter’s experience in the Montessori classroom and her transition to the public school system.
What really hit home with this book was the fact Laura was so honest. She did not try to paint their experience as perfect and flawless. It was far from. Her daughter and her were constantly butting heads. She painted a clear picture that this year was not all rainbows and lollipops. She was not afraid to share with us the readers, her flaws. Though at times I felt like she came off a bit as though she thought she was better then others. I kind of flipped back and forth when it came to this.
The author also had to come to realization that sometimes you can come up with an awesome curriculum and lesson plans, but have to let it go because it is not a fit for your child.
One point that was made in this memoir was it is ok to start homeschooling short term. They looked at this year as a sabbatical. They were able to have one year to reboot and experience a new type of learning. Talking to others homeschoolers that read the book, they felt the author did not give a honestly and true evaluation on what homeschooling really is, as it can take several years to get into a good grove. They felt that they should have given it more than one year. They also feel that some people may read this and give up after only one year before giving it a solid go. My thoughts on this is, each to their own. While this may not be the best approach for every child, or family, it seemed to have worked for this family. But this is something to keep in mind while reading this book.
This whole story was very eye opening to me. It allowed me to view my own children in a new light. I have to adapt how I teach my children so they understand. To try and make them adjust to my type of teaching is the wrong approach for everyone involved. This can be hard for moms in today’s Pinterest world. Sometimes it can be discouraging when you’re on Instagram and you see other people’s children doing all these great activities, and they are not of any interest to your own child. Or you have spent hours preparing a lesson and they have no interest.
I have to remind myself, homeschooling is not about me, it is about my child. I have lots of curriculum and books I thought were going to be a fit for my children, and landed up being a total bust. This book helped remind me that relationships are more important than lesson plans and curriculum.
I can totally relate to the battle of wills the author has with her daughter. I felt like this so often with my oldest. Now over the last year of gently homeschooling my youngest preschool, this book has given me a new perspective. While some things are non-negotiable, others can be adapted to make learning more pleasant for your child. In turn more pleasant for you as well.
The beauty of homeschooling is being able to adapt to your child. While a school teacher must teach to the greater good of the group, and stick to a strict curriculum, as a homeschooler I am afforded much more flexibility.
While the author was able to adapt her work life to accommodate the one year journey her and her daughter took, this exact path is rarely available to other people. Not many people have careers that are this flexible. While there is usually a way families can adjust their lives to homeschool, I feel like Laura’s path is not as easy for other families. So for me this was not a “How to book”. The average person cannot typically cut down their work schedule as much as she did and then after a year go back to the way things were. Also many people may not be able to cut down their hours so much due to financial constraints. That being said, there is still a lot of ideas parents can get from this book to adapt to homeschooling.
One thing that I did not agree with is how strictly she stuck to the state’s standards. If I were her and really wanted to offer my child a sabbatical, in my opinion I would have skipped out on the standards and found a curriculum (especially in Math) that would have helped her daughter learn to love the subject. Saxon Math is not a great curriculum for a child who hates math. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great curriculum, but not for every child.
I think whether or not you agree with homeschooling for a short time, or the methods the author used, it is clear that her Mother/Daughter relationship did benefit. They made memories together. I also felt they both developed a new respect for each other. As a homeschooler relationships should be top priority. I think while this slipped the author’s mind from time to time in their year journey, in the end it was achieved.
If you’re interested in hearing more about this book from my perspective, check out the video I made about it after finish the book this summer. However I strongly suggest if you’re contemplating homeschooling, are homeschooling or afterschool your child, look for this book at your local library or purchase it on Amazon. Especially if your child is more of a free spirit. It helped me feel like I’m not alone. I’m not a failure.
Two summer I uploaded a vlog to my YouTube account all about homeschooling babies. Apparently this was very offensive to some people as I lost a few subscribers.
You can check out the video here if you’re interested.
I’m not sure why I was shocked by this. I wasn’t offended, I know I have subscribed to channels and then realized the Youtuber was changing the direction of their channel and it no longer was something I was interested. But I see now that this is the story of Early Learning. I will never understand it.
When Wes was about 18 months old, I was sitting at work bored out of my mind. My coworkers were gone out of town on a business trip. We had just gone out of town and during that time Wes had begun to walk. After missing that milestone I decided I no longer wanted to go out of town and volunteered to stay back and man the office. Since I was a orthodontic assistant and not a receptionist, besides answering the phone and dealing with patients when they came to pay their bills there was not much for me to do. I while clicking around online, I somehow landed up stumbling across a book call “How to Teach Your Baby To Read” by Glenn Doman. I called the local bookstore and they had a copy available. I went and picked it up right after work. This opened the door to the world of Early Learning for our family.
I couldn’t get enough info. But I was shocked when I tried talk to my friends with young children about what I found, they didn’t want to hear about it. I couldn’t understand why a parent would not want to do everything possible to help their child get ahead. I was starting to understand that babies and toddlers were capable of so much. Reading, math, learning music, the sky’s the limit with these amazing little humans.
So if you are new to this whole Early Learning phenomenon, don’t let others lack of interest or disgust stop you from teaching your child. The reason other parents don’t want hear about your journey usually falls into one of these categories.
They honestly are not interested in learning. Even with mainstream parenting concepts, (like not putting your baby to be with a bottle of milk because it will cause cavities, or babies should be rear facing in their car seat till at least one, ideally two years old) are ignored by parents. I’m not saying these parents are bad parents. Just prefer to do things like they always have. So when you introduce something crazy like early learning they are just not interested.
They think young children are not capable. To them this is just a simple parlour trick.
They think it will steal their babies childhood away from them.
It’s not their job to teach their children, it’s a schools. Or they will be bored in school.
They don’t want to put in the work to organize materials or spend the money for materials.
They don’t want to do the work, but are jealous that your child, whom you have been working with knows more than theirs. This one kills me because these are usually the same people that call you up when their kid starts school and are struggling. They want to know what to do, not realizing your child’s success is based on years of early learning. It’s not a quick fix or a remedial program.
The are choice to spend their time and resources on other interest with their children.
While I was in Philadelphia this past fall, in one of Glenn Doman’s recorded lectures he said something very very powerful to me. Tell them once, if they not interested, do not waste your time trying to convince them. After hearing this, I tell people what we are doing once. If they are not interested I don’t waste my time trying to convince them. Chances are you won’t. Just keep doing what you know is best for your child.
On thing I also do to screen people that ask me about the method I’m using to help my boys is recommend the book, What To Do About Your Brain Injured Child. I also recommend they watch the videos on the IAHP Youtube page. If they do this and are still interested, I know my time will be well spent sharing my experiences. However if they never do that then I know I have save my time. Also prevented myself from being frustrated.
Why is this important? Why am I being selfish?
I don’t look at it as being selfish. I am preserving my precious time. Better running our IAHP programs, making materials, regular parenting and housekeeping tasks, running my business and maintaining relationships with important friends and family, my time is very valuable. I don’t have time to spend hours on the phone sharing what we are doing, and leading them to all the right places if they are not committed.
So if someone starts slamming your program, trying to convince you that you are wasting your time, they are right. Well partially… You are wasting your time trying to convince them you are not wasting your time. Just change the subject. Don’t allow them to poison your passion.
This was the day I was looking forward to! Yes all the information had been so helpful, but today we were learning about the Intellectual and Physiological programs! I had been able to get my boys reading, but I was never able to take them to the next level. Or so I thought.
Before I get too much into my day, if you are interested in teaching your child to read at an early age, get the book “How to Teach Your Baby to Read”. This book is available at most libraries, however if you can get your own personal copy, I would strongly recommend it. This book is how I was introduced to the Glenn Doman method of parenting. This book helped me realize how intelligent kids really are.
Back in 2007 a few months before Wesley’s second birthday I was sitting in an empty dental office bored stiff. Everyone in the office was gone on a business trip to Brandon for a convention. I however had made up an excuse that I could not make it because I did not have child care. I’m sure my parents would have watched Wesley, but I had gone on a business trip that past September, and while I was gone Wes took his first steps. I decided that I did not want to be away that long again. I few months later I got a job at a different office that didn’t require travel. So because I was staying back, I stayed in the office and answered phones or took payments when patients came in to square off their bills. Honestly it was boring as watching paint dry. So I started messing around on google. I’m not sure what search words I used but I’m sure it was something along the lines of “how to raise smart kids” or maybe “how to make your baby a genius”. I don’t know what my 21 year old mind was looking for, but it struck gold.
The book How To Teach You Baby to Read popped up. I snooped around the IHAP website. I was hooked. I picked up the phone and called the local book store. The guy on the other line snickered when told him the title of the book I was looking for, and we were both surprised when he found the store did have a copy. After work that day I hurried to the store and picked up the book, and well the rest is history….
Flash forward about 9 years later, here I was in the Valentine auditorium learning how to teach my boys to read from the co writer of the book Janet Doman. Honestly watching the videos on Youtube and then being in the room, you can see the presentations are very scripted. However of course they are! Each Instructor needs to make sure they are not missing any information. Here is a clip of the reading program presentation. This is only 2:18 mins, we sat and learned about reading from 9:30am till 3pm.
We spent the day learning about:
The Why and How to teach your child to read.
What a Beginning, Intermediate and Advance Reading Program looks like
Reading Program Vocabulary Suggestions, based on their auditory level
Using a Choice Board
Water and Liquid Balance
How to Feed Your Child
How to Create a Healthy Home
The Masking Program
Sensory Stimulation Program (Visual, Auditory, and Tactile)
I had an “Ah-Ha!” moment. That was when I realized that my oldest son Wesley was speed reading. I burst out crying in the middle of the auditorium when I realized this. I thought I had failed him, but I hadn’t. He was speed reading, he just couldn’t explain to me what he was reading, but he understood it. I called him that night and talked to him and he was able to tell me he just looks at a page and scans it, and knows what it says.
That night I sat in my rental car eating my dinner with my mind racing a million miles an hour. I felt like I had all I needed. I wanted to get on a plane and go home to my kids. But we had one more day. As much as I felt I had everything I needed, I was soon going to find out that Friday was also a very important day.
Introduction to the Institutes for the Achievement of Physical Excellence
Patterning Whys and Hows
Mobility Demonstration and Opportunity to try crawling and creeping.
The Floor as the Way of Life
The Primary Human Development Program
We spent a lot of time looking at brain development and growth. How the world looks at the brain as something unchangeable. If its damaged, its damaged and there is nothing that can be done. You are hopeless.
We learned about how the brain is always changing. Brain development can be stopped, it can be slowed down, and best of all it can be sped up. We also talked about how this process works.
I’m excited to say I have meet one of the IAHP Star of the Week in September. The video above is shared from the IAHP Facebook page and this was part of our Physical Program presentation. Maria was such a trooper showing us how she does her programs.
We also had two students from the International School come and demonstrate creeping and crawling. They also lead the groups when it was our turn to get down on the ground and creep and crawl too.
When it was time to learn about patterning, 3 patterning tables were set up at the front of the auditorium, and three children volunteered to allow us to pattern them.
Douglas Doman also spent some time explaining why W sitting, or as they refer to is as “the god awful position” is bad for children. My boys rarely sit like that, but now the rare time they do, you can bet your lucky stars I’m on them ASAP to correct their position
My kids are very physical and active. Even though both of them were late crawlers and walkers. So I wish I had known about a lot of this information when they were younger, it was no longer relevant to us. However, I can now see that even at this stage patterning would likely be beneficial for both of them. Right now that is not in the cards for us. However, I can see us investigating this further in the future.
We were taught about the Primary Human Development Program. I had purchased the PDF of this program a while back and thought I wouldn’t learn much from this part of the course. However I was greatly surprised that this lecture cleared up what I knew and has given me more tools in how to run this program in my home.
excellent neurological environments vs devices and environments that inhibit or prevent neurological development were discussed.
Inclined floor techniques to help non-crawlers become crawlers
The anti-roll device to stop kids who have decided that rolling is a quicker means of transportation from rolling. Then they have to crawl and creep to get to where they want to go. While rolling is an effective method to move from place to place, it is a developmental dead end. Whereas crawling leads to creeping, creeping leads to walking, and walking leads to running.
The anti-sit device to prevent the child from sitting in the “W” position.
How to keep records and graphs of your Primary Development Program
The Reassessment of the SIDS Back to Sleep Campaign was also talked about. If you would like the read the reassessment that we were given you can see it HERE. However my understanding is that this was a huge human experiment, and from this paper it seems the risk of a baby sleeping on their back might out weigh the risks of SIDS. Since this campaign more children are requiring helmets to correct the flat spots that happen when small children lay on the back of their soft skull for too long. Also developmental delays from missed opportunities from lifting there head and being able to use those random movements all babies make to move around. There was also talk about sleep disturbances while the child slept on their back. This makes a lot of sense to me! I use to swaddle my babies because their random movements while on there back did nothing but startle them awake. Now had they been on their tummies those movements would have lead them to move around their bed instead, and they would have been less likely to startle awake.
Overall this was a very informative day. I went back to my room that night at the host home and did my homework. That being said, my boys are very active, running, jumping and tumbling. I still walked away with a lot of great information. That being said I know several of my classmates with wheelchair bound children benefitted even more to this days information.
So I’ve always been the type of home educator who likes a solid structured program in order to teach reading to my kids. That being said Little Z is doing so fantastic following the Glenn Doman method that was laid out to me in the book “How to Teach Your Baby to Read”, as well as the lectures I went to in Philadelphia at the What To Do About Your Brain Injured Child course.
So now looking at the traditional programs that I have from the past like, Hooked on Phonics or Pathway to Phonics, they seem very redundant and easy. It almost seems like an insult to him to use these programs.
But there was another set of books that have been used for a long time called the McGuffey readers. These books have been around since 1836. So I decided that I was going to take these books and seeing that there available online, copy and paste them into my Google Drive account, and then blow up the font to a 72 in bold. Then I could print out individual lessons and present them in a way that still honours the teachings of Glenn Doman.
Well if the Glenn Doman method is working so well for Little Z, why would I need to add another program?
I don’t NEED another method. I guess it’s not to say that the Glenn Doman method is not working for a little Z, because it is. I just don’t like to put all my eggs in one basket so to speak. Here is a way I can create Glenn Doman/IAHP style materials, and include literature that was used to teach kids back in the 1800’s to the 1960’s. Back when the standards for what vocabulary our children should be exposed to was much higher. So the main reason why I figured I would include the McGuffey readers is for the rich vocabulary. They also work at a pace that is appropriate for a little Z. The lessons are short and quick at first, working their way up in difficulty .
That being said I will not be using lessons 1 through 10 and the primer book. That is because they are too easy and boring. They reminded me a lot of why I don’t want to use Hooked on Phonics. However after that the lessons start to include more words and more of an actual storyline.
So far I have adapted the entire primary book into Google doc files that can easily be printed and put into page protectors and then into duotangs or binders. They are not fancy, I am no Pinterest queen. What they are is functional. Anyone could have done this and it did not take me that long. However I figured I would share it with people because it is much easier to press print then it is to copy, paste, adjust the font size, fit to page and then press print. The McGuffey readers do not fall under typical copyright laws as they are over 100 years old. That is what I am able to share these files.
For those of you who are following the Glenn Doman Method, these printouts would count as homemade books. So once your child is ready for homemade books you can start working these printouts into the mix.
McGuffey’s Lessons 1-10 I know I said I will not be using these, however I added them here incase someone needs to start at Lesson 1. Everyone is different, and some kids might enjoy starting here. That’s fine. That being said, watch your child, if they seem bored, skip these. Really everyone should just skip this step, especially if you are doing single words and couplets with your little one.
So, I have to admit that Halloween was a little less exciting for me this year. Usually, it’s my favourite holiday of the year. I love all things, scary, creepy and eerie. But this year I guess I was preoccupied with Z’s diet.
Right now we have started following some recommendations from the IAHP: What To Do About About Your Brain Injured Child course. So far we have limited or eliminated gluten, yeast and processed foods from Little Z’s diet. We are currently under the care of a naturopathic doctor and supplementing his diet with vitamins and other minerals.
Part of me wanted to let him have a cheat day. But I know that is a slippery slope. What will be the next even that we can cheat on his diet? Then we all know, we will take it less and less seriously and next thing you know we are back to our old eating habits.
Going back to our old ways is the last thing I want to do. We have noticed so many changes in Little Z for the good. Who in their right mind would want to undo all that good.
In the past when Wes was gluten and dairy free, I wasn’t as concerned about sugar and preservatives as I should have been. So I was always able to find things in his bag that were “safe” for him to eat. So on actually Halloween day I shared this video with the people on my IAHP parents Facebook group.
I just felt heartbroken that my 4 year old would not be able to participate in what I feel is a right of passage for kids. I received a few comments and some private messages. The one that really helped me was from someone who was on the Institutes program. She told me that she never felt deprived at Halloween. She went out with all her friends and when she came home, her mom would buy her candy off her. She would then get something she really wanted. Hearing that she still enjoyed Halloween and never felt deprived, helped calm my nerves.
In the end we decided to send Wesley to go start trick-or-treating with his friend(who’s mom happens to be my best friend) and we took Z down the block. I held his candy bucket so he wouldn’t get too distracted by the candy and junk. Afterwards when we got home we traded him his bucket for some homemade “snails” aka gluten free, low sugar, no preservative or yeast mini cinnamon buns. He was completely happy with his treat.
After I got Z off to bed, I went out an met up with Wes. I took over and took the two big boys trick-or-treating so my friend could go home and get her two little ones to bed. They boys had a great time, despite the rain. Well I had a easier time because I just followed the boys in the car. Joys of parenting, you can sometimes take the easy way.
SWe came home and sorted through all of Wesley’s treats. I let him take a couple pieces and I locked up all the rest in a suitcase. Yes there is enough to fill a suitcase!! I think this weekend I’m going to have him pick out a little bowl and we are just going to get rid of the rest. No one needs that many candies.
So overall Halloween was a great success! I think next year I’ll be able to go back to Halloween being my favourite holiday. I’m going to be able to go in with a game plan. We will talk about what I will trade them for their candy, and then we will plan where we are going to donate the candy to. I may also take a completely different approach and plan an activity like a movie or a trip to the indoor playground instead. But I have a whole year to decide.