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Independence Farm Interview: 10/4/13

The Abridged Version: Independence Farm a transitional residence for males with moderate learning challenges in East Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, invited me to do an interview for their blog on my book, This Crazy Quilt: Parenting Adult Special Needs One Day At A Time. I was excited and flattered by their interest. As usual, nothing… Read the Rest Of This Article

Sunny With No Chance Of Angst; Medication Dilemmas: 11-20-11

Sunny With No Chance of Angst: We hope. The young ladies seem to have passed their first domestic crisis and spent Saturday attending a matinée of The Wiz at our local High School. Last heard from, our daughter was coming back to their apartment for a chicken dinner. Medications in The Special Needs World: Given… Read the Rest Of This Article

Is This A Joke? 11-11-11

Gin Rummy: Our daughter’s first day of volunteer work at Ridgefield Crossings was a bust. The senior lady with the cat was out at a dentist appointment when our daughter and her staff escort arrived. So instead of being a “companion” she was asked to play cards with other residents. Gin Rummy. Did anyone read… Read the Rest Of This Article

Sick & Pissed: 10-23-11

Sick & Pissed: My visit to the “infirmary” yesterday revealed a young lady on the red couch, still stuffed up and anxious about her ROAR training, focusing mostly on the new vocational life skills staff person who has to train with her today at 11:00 a.m. I am typing this at 10:58 with the hopes… Read the Rest Of This Article

Angelfish: 10-18-11

Swim Lesson At Last: Tonight our daughter will have her first semi-private swim lesson with Angelfish, and Cindy Freedman, the talented occupational therapist who welcomed our daughter as a volunteer last Spring. Cindy’s talents are known far and wide.  My fingers are crossed that our daughter will allow the Angelfish magic to take hold, and… Read the Rest Of This Article

Our First Separation: 8-20-11

A Weekend Away: We left the area for the first time since our daughter took residence in her adult independent living abode. Yesterday afternoon my husband and I headed for his home state of Maine. Our daughter had virtually no reaction, certainly no concern. Her only request was that we purchase a stuffed chocolate lab… Read the Rest Of This Article

The Alphabet Soup of Adult Special Needs: 4-14-11

Acronyms Abound: The category of housing that meets our daughter’s needs is a relatively new designation referred to as a CRS (Continuous Residential Support – different from a traditional group home/CLA “Community Living Arrangement” as CLA’s are licensed, and funding is different. The CRS “allows for more self-determination”. PRAT (Program Review….)is the body that will… Read the Rest Of This Article