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Cape Cod Mom Advisor Melinda Lancaster Shares A Collage Modification for Parents of Special Needs Children
By: Melinda Lancaster
One of the things parents of special needs children have to think about all the time is “modification”. How can I modify this bed so my child is comfortable? How can I modify this spoon so they can feed themselves? How can I modify this game so they can play with the family? It’s a nearly constant activity. And the same goes for teaching at home. How a parent modifies depends upon each child’s ability and skill level. Here are some ideas on how to modify just one particular activity-collages.
My main focus with Katelin is teaching her letters and how to read, but I also want to make it fun. Fun is important! Last year I collected close to 50 different magazines-National Geographic, Smithsonian, Time etc. with the idea to make collages when we did a lesson on a particular subject. This worked out great!
Here you see two different ways to work with collages. The first concentrated on a single animal-elephants. I cut several pictures out and gave Katelin an opportunity to choose which ones she wanted on her poster. She did this by pointing and by picking up the picture. If your child doesn’t have use of their hands you could try putting three pictures out-one to the left, one to the right, and one in the middle and watch for eye gaze.
The second collage was about marine life. This gave her an opportunity to scribble a bit, but what she really likes to do is glue!
This type of collage, one with a picture is kind of fun. This one about frogs was one of my favorites.
But, what about letters? This took some thinking on my part and a lot of searching for pictures of the same objects. The first letter we did was “F”, only because I already had a lot of “flowers” cut out and they were easy to find in the magazines.
First I got a piece of construction paper and let Katie pick the pictures. I helped her glue them on and did hand over hand to pat them in place. Once they were dried, I cut out the shape of the letter and….ta da!
You can usually pick up old magazines at your local library or ask around, friends and family are sure to have some hanging around. Plus, what a cool way to “upcycle” instead of just recycle! Have fun!
Melinda Lancaster is a children's author and a poet. Her books ("Tyler and the Spider" and "Grandma, Tell me If You Can) are published through Wiggles Press and her poem "Echoes" hangs in the Hyannis JFK Museum. After studying Russian Studies and Biology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY she enlisted in the US Navy. Her experiences in the Navy brought a deeper appreciation for the Freedom and advantages available in America and she is an avid volunteer-local veteran's center, library, and reading for the blind, and through "Wish Upon a Wedding". She began writing in her mid-thirties and is inspired by her experiences as a single mother, a parent of a disabled child, a step-mother and a grandmother to reach out to children. She is currently working on promoting her custom poetry through DKS Verse and starting the process for establishing a non-profit organization that provides terminally ill and disabled children with their own story book-where they are the hero! It is her hope to eventually be able to provide art supplies, writing supplies, books and equipment to facilitate writing, reading and drawing to these children. She is a member of the Cape Cod Writer's Center, Cape Cod Children's Writers and SCBWI. She has several works in progress and hopes to branch out from picture books into Middle Age and Young Adult arenas and is available for readings/crafts at schools, libraries and charity functions. In her free time she enjoys reading, knitting and going to the movies.
Early Childhood and Special Needs Educator Joan Walsh Offers Summer Tutoring Services to the Falmouth Area
Joan Walsh, the founder of Cape Cod Children's Writers, is a former Early Childhood and Special Needs Educator with a total of twenty-five years of experience.
Joan is offering one-to-one tutoring services to children in the Falmouth area, from pre-school through grade 5 in all subject areas for September, 2014.
Joan will follow your child's classroom curriculum and provide the extra help needed for your child to master learning concepts being introduced by classroom teachers. She will offer additional help is written expression.
For further information, please email Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to view the Cape Cod Children's Writers website at:
As a member of Sverve, Cape Cod Mommies is often given a chance to share check out products, share fun giveaways and offer opportunities for our readers! Right now they are running a really awesome and super easy Pinterest Contest that we wanted to share with our fan base.
5 Winners Will Receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
The contest is so so easy to enter:
1.) Click on the link at the bottom of our post (or here if you are anxious to get started)
2.) Follow Sverve's Pinterest Board and RePin the images you like OR pin your own inspiration with the hashtag #July4thBySverve.
3.) Enter your email and your pin link on the Sverve Form
That's it! We entered because who couldn't use $100!!!! It's totally worth a shot!
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By: Robyn Morse Langmead
As a proud mother of 2 beautiful children, Aaron, now 2 years old, and Cadence, now 4 months, I have been in my share of situations where my kids needed to eat in a very public place. My son was breastfed for 11 months until he decided to wean himself. My daughter is currently exclusively breastfed and going strong. Restaurants, airplanes, & grocery stores are just a few places they would suddenly become hysterical and want to eat either for nourishment or for comfort. I would always feed them immediately before leaving my house, in hopes that they would make it through our adventure out. Yeah right, rarely did this happen! I had some version of the "hooter hider" but my strong-willed boy would swat it away, and my daughter tends to break her latch frequently and it's pretty challenging to get her back on without being able to see what's going on underneath the cover. I used to be sooo uncomfortable even nursing in public, or at least I thought it was me feeling uncomfortable until I really thought about it and realized that I have no problem bringing my baby to breast in any situation; however, I was always worried about making others uncomfortable. Even relatives visiting at my house have said things like "do you want us to step out of the room?" or "feel free to go in the other room if you need to." It's always hard to tell if they were saying that for my benefit or their own. All I know is that breastfeeding can feel very isolating when you think others are judging you for doing it. I've nursed in bathrooms, cars, behind a tree in a park, at unused booths at restaurants, in a friend’s bedroom at a summer party, and the list could go on. I've seen so many videos and internet links discussing women and how breastfeeding is accepted in public as long as the mother has a cover.
Well, the covers don't work for me and they don't work for a lot of moms. Because we keep covering up, society isn't exposed to a mother nursing her child which makes it feel "weird" or "wrong" to many people when they see breastfeeding in public. That's where this post is coming from. Now that I've made this realization, I've decided to put myself out there. My loving and supportive husband took this picture of me the other day giving my daughter a morning feeding. I want as many people as possible to see it and I hope I may inspire some other moms to share a picture of them too. Let's give society many opportunities to see this beautiful and natural act taking place so that when they see it in person, it becomes completely "normal" and common. The benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child are ridiculously amazing! It's so sad to think that some moms choose to stop nursing or never start because of a lack of acceptance by the public. My hope is for all to see it and for it to be a step in the right direction of acceptance by all. I'd love for other moms to do the same if you feel the way I do.
Below, some other Cape Cod Moms have decided to join Robyn and share their breastfeeding pictures in the hopes that other moms will join us in our campaign to
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