Friday, August 6, 2010

Foundation for Blind Children

Last week we were visited by a lady named DeEtte from the Foundation for Blind Children. Since Sadie has been diagnosed with CVI (cortical visual impairment) she qualifies for services from FBC, and I had no idea how much of a blessing that would be!!

DeEtte was super nice. She played with Sadie a little, she had a bag of tricks which included a big yellow and gold pom-pom. Sadie LOVED the pom-pom and DeEtte showed me that Sadie was even trying to touch it a little. She really likes yellow, I guess yellow and red are the easiest colors to see. (McDonald's is genius when it comes to marketing!) DeEtte was impressed and noticed that Sadie really sees a lot and is able to follow a lot of different things. She recommended getting Sadie a toy bar so that we can hang toys in front of her face and encourage her to bat at them.

She gave me a flyer about deep tissue massage, which is supposed to help organize Sadie so that she's not so sensorily stressed out (I don't think sensorily is a word, but it fits best with what I want to say) and she recommended the book where the flyer information was taken. I ordered it on Amazon that day.

But the best thing she told me about was the infant program at the FBC Center. This is a play group they do Friday mornings and it starts with music therapy, then lets the adults split off into a group where they can talk, while the children continue to play with other FBC staff. This sounds like MY kind of play group!! Other special needs parents? All the babies will be special instead of us being the only ones? Free music therapy?! How could it get any better?! (you can read more about it here)

This morning we attended for the first time. What DeEtte failed to tell us (probably because that's not really her department) is that in the summer time, they 1. have the infant program in a different building, and 2. it's only the music therapy portion, oh and 3. it starts at 9:30 instead of 9:00. So, when we showed up this morning, there was a decent amount of confusion, but we found it and we had fun...well, I had fun. Sadie made it through about the first song, then she fell asleep and slept through the whole thing!! haha!

We plan to go back next week (and maybe even participate). Then the week after next the program goes back to "normal" and we'll be able to participate in the entire thing. I'm really excited about this, and I'm so glad we've been hooked up with the Foundation for Blind Children.

I'm sorry it's hard to hear, but I thought you'd enjoy the last song we sang!

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