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If you are planning to go to the “Talk the Talk” Event at the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville  (Apraxia) on Thursday, June 16th from 5-7pm then you’ll want to know that FREE admission for this event to those who registered or have registered before 12 pm on Thursday. We are looking forward to joining other families for a discussion with Judy Jelm, SLP, and Kris Yung, OT.  REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT BY EMAILING apraxiamoms@hotmail.com   Remember to email me your Berenstain Bear memories for a free SIGNED copy of the Berenstain Bear’s “Gossip Gang” book.  Contest Ends today at 5pm.  leslie_lindsay@hotmail.com or by posting a comment on the blog.  Thanks and good luck!!!   

A Little Literacy, Please: Berenstain Bear Book Give-away!!!

Just last week, I was invited to attend a book signing for one of my very favorite book series:  The Berenstain Bears!  Sure, I grew up reading about Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister who lived down a Sunny Dirt Road deep in Bear Country, and I would even bet you did, too. Well, now we’re welcoming a whole new generation of bear lovers to the bookstore.  (My girls have some old ones from my childhood which they’ve developed a fondness for).   The newest ones are part of the “Living Lights” series, penned by Mike Berenstain and illustrated by his mother, Jan.  Ms. Berenstain is 87 years old and still going strong with her drawings! What’s different about this new generation of bears is that they have added a Christian theme to the stories, along with their classic lesson-in-a-book I heard Mr. Mike (Berenstain) read “The Berenstain Bears and the Gossip Gang” to the group of kids at Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville, IL on June 9th.  And…I just so happen to have a signed copy of the …

Apraxia Monday: In The News

My heart beats a little faster when I hear of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) making the news.  It’s exciting to see a less-than-known concern affecting kiddos has come to the attention of the media.  It means awareness is spreading.  It means our kids are being heard.  It means there are others “out there” who care about our children with CAS.  And that, to me, is a big deal. The Kalamazoo Gazette just ran a story on the efforts of others who are planning a walk for apraxia in the SW area of Michigan.  In addition, you’ll find some good info on what apraxia is, how and where to find  help, and well as testimonials from those who are parenting a child with CAS.  Not only that, but I feel especially connected to the story as I know one of the parents personally–she was in  my Small Talk: All About Apraxia Group hosted this past spring.  (Talk about a small world, right?!) Here’s the link to the Kalamazoo Gazette:  http://blog.mlive.com/kzgazette_community_extra/2011/06/walk_to_benefit_children_with.html In other Apraxia News: Naperville, IL will be hosting …

Cute & Simple: Designing a Year-End Keepsake

I don’t know about you, but when my ex-kindergartner bounded off the bus for the last time this past school year, I was suddenly laden with papers, projects, and memories of the school year.  Sure, some are better than others, so I carefully culled through the pile extracting my favorites, therefore winnowing the collection to something a bit more manageable.  And now–well, I am in the process of arranging them in a book.  It’s one of those “pre-made” scrapbooks from Hallmark.  I found it on sale a year or more ago for something absurdly cheap.  I snatched it up.  I kept it for this purpose.  What’s inside?  Name, school attended, grade First day of school memories Information and photo of teacher Information about classmates (photos, how many, why I like, who I like) Stuff in my desk, who I sit by, what I like most about my desk Favorite subjects and why…favorite unit (Kate’s was the baby chick unit) School holiday celebrations (add photos) Field Trips (add photos) Birthday Party if celebrated at school Last …

In My Brain Today: Rainy Days and Time Alone Always Lift Me Up.

I woke up to the rain pelting my windows and thudding quietly, almost trance-like on my roof.  Padding downstairs–alone–I breathed in through my nose, letting it out in a satisfied sigh.  I was kid-free.  My house was clean.  And it was raining.  Could life get much better?!  It’s not that I don’t love my kids–I do–but I love rainy days and time to myself, too.  You see, every summer my parents come and take the girls off of our hands for 5 days or so.  It’s a wonderful reprieve from the daily grind of endless questions, meltdowns, sibling rivalry, and staying one step ahead of the gang.  It’s a time for me to catch my breath and recharge for the rest of the summer.  I really can’t be any more blessed than to have a couple of extra-devoted grandparents to plan a fast-paced itenerary of “Camp PapaNana,” as the annual “event” has affectionately been referred to around here.  (Thanks, dad and Deb).  Sure, I miss ’em a little bit.  But nothing compares to the solitude and …

Cute & Simple: Poolside Blues

There is nothing relaxing about going to the swimming pool with two kids.  I know, I just returned from a trip to the cool blue waters.  Perhaps it’s because yesterday was the last day of school and excitement is running high.  Maybe it’s because at home I have a smattering of dirty lunch boxes, backpacks, and mounds of masterpieces to deal with.  Perhaps it’s because I still haven’t unpacked last night’s picnic remants.  I don’t know…but I do know that there is nothing cute nor simple about the convergence of school and summer.  So, for the last week or so (since Memorial Day), my oldest daughter has been begging to return to the pool.  About 5 times a day she inquires about it.  Then add in the fact that she wishes to attempt the “big slide” for the first time.   She asks about that about once every 10 minutes.  But she is smart enough to phrase her questions differently each time.  As we were getting organized in the locker room of the pool, I could see …

In My Brain Today: The year of new is old again

My little bunny hopped onto the kindergarten bus for the last time today.  She is celebrating her last day of school. I can’t believe how quicky–and how much–she has grown in the last 9 months or so.  When I was pregnant, I marveled in the fact that there was a tiny life inside of me that went from a tiny cluster of cells, differentiating into distinct entities to become a human baby.  She was beautiful and perfect.  And I thought that was the miracle.  But then others told me, “No, no…just wait.  It’s really the first year of life when kids grow the most, change the most.”  I was polite and nodded, smiled.  I accepted that their view was probably right–they were ahead of me in this parenting game after all. And it’s true–kids do grow and learn and change very much in that first year.  Rolling over, babbling, pushing up, smiling, giggling, crawling…major physical and emotional feats, right?  Yet others told me, “It’s really the first 5 years of a child’s life that are so important …

Cute & Simple: A bus driver surprise

As a parent of a full-day kindergartner, I was a bit apprehensive about plopping my first-born on a big yellow bus.  But that all changed when I got to know Ms. Jayne, the bus driver.  Calling us ahead of time–in the days leading up to the first day of school–leaving a detailed message about how she was excited to be my daughter’s bus driver, the time and location of pick-up, as well as giving us her cell phone number, my anxieties eased.  Ms. Jayne is always friendly, right on time, (waits a minute if we are lagging behind), and almost always has a smile on her face.  She has been patient and kind with kids who aren’t always patient and kind.  She gets to know the kids on her route, the names of their parents (and younger siblings!), and she even rescues left-behind items–a shoe, a jacket, a scarf…”Is this Kate’s?!” she’ll say to me as she dangles a hair accessory out the bus door.  So, it’s no surprise that we had to do something to …

A Little Literacy, Please: “Last Day Blues”

The end-of-the-school year has come.  Busy little bodies can’t wait to get out of the classroom and into fresh air.  Tired, over-worked teachers are ready to set loose from the drudgery of lesson plans and managing chaos.  (I don’t blame them).  But, what about those tired, over-worked parents?  Ahgh!      When I saw this book, “The Last Day Blues,” (Julie Danneberg) propped up at my local independent bookstore, (Anderson’s in Naperville, IL) I could totally relate.  Yep–I–“mommy dearest” has the last day blues.  Am I sad because my  spritely daughter is no longer a kindergartner?  Yeah, a little bit.  Am I feeling blue because she will soon be joining the ranks of other “big kids” at her local elementary school.  Yep.  I am a bit bummed that I have to do the pick-up and drop-off everyday via minivan in lieu of bus?  You bet!  Most of all–I am sad that my “free time” is coming to an end.  But with summer comes warmer weather, swimming pools, sunshine, picnics, and travel…all of which I love.  So, …

Apraxia Monday: Voicing Our “Silent Stars”

When I first learned of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), I was so new to the whole phenomenon that I didn’t even know where to look for information about it.  I didn’t know CASANA or Apraxia-KIDS (www.apraxia-kids.org) even existed (well, not entirely true–my daughter’s evaluating SLP gave me the website on my way out the door), and never–in a million years–did I dream I would be blogging about CAS, let alone have written a book about it! Hummm…sometimes, when one door closes, another opens… Since having started this apraxia journey, not a day goes by that I don’t think about, read about, see, hear, or have some connection to CAS.  I feel like the Kevin Bacon of apraxia!  Maybe you do, too.   But what I am trying to say is: although CAS seems rare to you at the time you are just learning about it, you may find that it is actually more common that you once believed.  Maybe I am just more in-tune to the world of CAS that I am “finding” it everywhere; either …