Signs Your Child May Have Been Violated

Signs Your Child May Have Been Violated

Warning: This post contains information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months.

No one wants to think of a child being abused or violated and yet it happens every single day to thousands of innocent children. Children with a disability are at a higher risk of being victimized because of communication struggles with being non verbal and afraid of doing the wrong thing. It is a horrible thing to think of and it is horrible to live through as a child. There are behavioral warning signs that a child has been abused. It is easy to become stuck in the anger and trauma, but the focus needs to be on helping the child recover a sense of security and normalcy after any traumatic event. Read more

Being Empowered as a Person

Being Empowered as a Person

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! Today I want to talk about empowerment and what it means to me. My mom and dad speak on how to create empowered children a lot, but personally I do not believe many people understand what it means. This is because I see a lot of children and adults with the mindset of a victim. To be a victim is a choice in your mind. You can be a victim of many things or you can make that choice to stand up for yourself and be a survivor. I chose to be a survivor in life. Read more

The Truth About CPS/DHS

The Truth About CPS/DHS

What is the purpose of CPS/DHS? Many people hear those letters and immediately think that their children are in danger of being taken away. I’d like to take the time to clear up misconceptions and set the record straight on what the exact role of this agency is in the community. Read more

The Tissue Box

The Tissue Box

The tissue box.

It just a part of the room.

Yet you know why it sits there. Read more

What I Want People to Remember

What I Want People to Remember

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! Lately I have been so completely wrapped up in my own pain and hurt that I have forgotten that my dad is in pain too. I can’t pretend to understand what he is going through and he can’t pretend to understand how he is hurting us. I don’t want to forget the good things about life and let it hold me down so I am going to write some good memories of my dad to share, but also to remind myself. No matter how rough life gets I’m going to shove it right back. Read more

Jennifer explaining Roa's Power Chair

Roa and His Power Chair

 

Roa and his power chair

As Jennifer explains in this story about her son Roa, sometimes you just have to follow your child’s lead. They will tell you what they want, in their own way, when they are ready. (Rojo’s Journey)

Posted by EasyStand on Friday, May 19, 2017

Love Notes

Love Notes

Love Notes.

They are the best. Cute little misspelled scribbles from my boy. There’s misshaped hearts and smiling faces, scribbles where mistakes were made. Read more

Do Not Treat Us Differently Because We Have Disabilities

Do Not Treat Us Differently Because We Have Disabilities

Hi it is Isabella again! My sister Taylor and I were talking about things we want people to know about kids with disabilities and how we want to be treated. Read more

Remembering the Why of Standing

Remembering the Why of Standing

I was talking with a mom last week during the IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) meeting, about getting her child into a stander now that he is approaching 9 months old. This little boy has increased tone in his extremities with decreased head and trunk control, very limited use of his arms and hands yet. Mom knew about standers from her private therapist; in fact they were also planning to try one in private therapy that same week we discussed standing. Mom was all ready to try one, but wondered what the stander was going to help him do. Read more

Planning for the Unexpected While Going Out

Planning for the Unexpected While Going Out

Emergencies are called emergencies for a reason, because you never know when the are going to pop up. You should have a plan and be prepared to deal with the unexpected. I don’t quite understand why it’s called the unexpected, you know sooner or later it’s happening, but it always seems to have a way of happening at the worst possible moments. Perhaps it should be called the moment of “Oh crap! Dear God please not now” instead. Oh it’s happening, whether you want it to or not, so you might as well take a few minutes at a time and get things in order for them. What’s on my must have list as a parent, wife, and caretaker to get out of the house? Read more