Metropolitan Family Services and Respite
We formed a
relationship with Metropolitan Family Services and applied for respite
services. My grandson was matched with the most awesome
worker. Our case manager also assured I stuck to my to-do list from
Dr. Brown and was always there when I needed support, a new point of
direction, or someone to bounce ideas off of.
While he was with his respite worker I further educated myself on more ways to help
my grandson. I found the Family Resource Center and attended their
workshops. I also attended workshops offered by the school
district and our therapists. I introduced myself to the reference
librarians at my local library (they are extremely helpful when I'm in
a crunch for quick info). I also spend time on my favorite
search engine www.google.com.
We discovered a natural way of healing
everything going on at school and his daycare, some of his providers suggested I put
my grandson on Ritalin to
"control his behavior". I did enough research to know
that was not the way we wanted to go. I began to search for a
natural alternative. Just when the pressure was rising, I heard a
report on 106.7,
the Fish radio about a natural supplement, Feed My Brain
They described my grandson's symptoms perfectly and best yet, they
convinced me their product could help! I ordered the product
immediately and have been a satisfied customer ever since. What
a difference this product has made!
We found a Leisure Buddy through NEDSRA
We found the park districts summer camp program.
My grandson was able to attend with a leisure buddy from
East DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA). The buddy helped
him participate in everything the program had to offer and also
circumvented any issues that may have arisen otherwise.
search for a new after school center continued but was not easy...I worked diligently with the
YWCA Childcare Resource and Referral Line. I called tons of daycare centers and
daycare homes. After
doing phone and personal interviews I checked their background by
calling the DCFS Information
and was able to eliminate the majority
of the list. Finally we were blessed to find Fun Time
a program available through a local park district.
Fun Time Junction is a park district program we were able to request a leisure buddy from
NEDSRA making inclusion possible in a "normal" daycare
setting. His leisure buddy is awesome. She was always there to
welcome him into the room and get him started on the activities.
He even did the crafts with the other kids!
relationship with NEDSRA has grown and my grandson is now a
participant of their Challenger Baseball team. A year
ago I never could have imagined him sharing anything with another
child or him being a member of a team...last month he asked me if we could buy T-shirts for his
team...when he found baseball helmets at a yard sale he begged me to buy them
for his team. A child that didn't know
how to play with one other child suddenly was proud to be a member of
an entire team of children.