I have had a greatly supported couple weeks! Of all the amazing friends, family and colleagues, I have to say that I think with the support of a small group of dedicated moms- anything is possible. Yes, I have had the support of a few amazing moms I would like to recognize.
1. My mom. She is so supportive and encouraging even though I bet she worries. If she is more confident than worried, I feel like a success!
2. Lauri from http://www.theapraxiaconnection.org
I got invited to an event with this amazing group in order to see Nancy Kaufman speak to parents of children with CAS. This is a speech production disability at the level of the motor planning phase that can cause unintelligible speech, and can result in non-verbal communication. I am so excited to be involved with the Apraxia Connection!
3. Nani- My nephews stay with Nani in her care during the day, and she is an enthusiastic supporter! She connected me with Mom mail.. again, moms should take over as they are efficient and are supportive! I have had two connections from mom mail already- how amazing!
4. Lara who supports me and my business every week- I am so grateful for her and her great family!
In light of growing connections with EFS Coach, Lakeview Speech, Possible opportunities with Loyola Home Health, and my previous employer at Central DuPage Hospital, I am hoping for a 2018 schedule for Imagination Therapy to look like this:
Tuesday: 3-7, there are spots for 2 clients (2 slots are already taken!) and I think I may hold off on Open Houses for Tuesdays
Wednesday: Open Houses, 4:30-6:30, based on interest so far. See my services page for details in informal intervention and support. I would LOVE more people, and request for activities or lessons! If there is interest, I will build a schedule of topics/lessons! (see below)
Thursday: I have spots for clients from 3-7, like Tuesday. I currently have spots for 3 clients (I may need to travel between!) since one is taken already!
Saturday: My Saturdays are open, and I am working with EFSC to work with them part time, too, as interest builds and word on the street spreads. I want to make time for 4-6 clients in Oak Park on Saturdays- i'm wide open in 2018, so contact me for details! firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics for Wednesdays... just ideas for now:
"That's so Meta"- How to talk about talking and think about thinking.
"Sequential, Spatial, Ordinal" - Vocabulary building
"Prioritize"- How do we decide what is most important?
"Visualize" - We all do it, how can I make this idea something tangible- to see or hold on to it.
"Predicting the FUTURE?!"- Actually, we can make better guesses than we think, if we assess all the details,
"Multi-tasking" - Nowadays we can't get by without doing at least 2 things at once. How can we focus our attention (Maybe this is a follow up to Prioritize??).
I'll keep it coming and make some of these topics available to you all. I think these lessons would be free, and from 4:00-4:30 on Wednesday, with chances to practice after at the open house. PLEASE leave a comment or contact me if you think this sort of opportunity would appeal to you or someone you know.
Ok, I think I will blog one of those ideas tomorrow, and I look forward to hearing from you!