Monday, July 15, 2013

Getting ready with our cane

We got a free cane for Nellie via the Early Explorers program.  You not only get a free cane (with the name of the person attached whose donations made it possible - I said a little prayer for them) but you get this book, a special copy of Future Reflections magazine on mobility, and a DVD. We also bought some purple duck tape for embellishments. 


Joseph Cutter suggests that children have access to their cane right from the beginning.  It should be part of their play and their toys.  We have decided to order a second white can for our youngest two children and a cane for us. That way we can all use our canes when out and about.


 In addition to cane use, Nellie might enjoy a few toys around our house that will allow her more secure mobility.  The push duck will alert her to changes in the terrain or objects in the way.


 And the baby stroller will allow her to feel secure when walking.  The stroller will take the impact of any collisions and look cute while doing it.


Olive spent the morning (with her shirt off) trying out Nellie's cane.  I see these two using their canes at the library and pushing their strollers with their dolls.  I just can't wait.

And speaking of waiting USCIS has said we are APPROVED (they just need one more little piece of paper - which they are getting!!).  AND the Bulgarian government has scheduled an IAC meeting which is the meeting we need to have happen to be invited to travel.  On our way!!!

7 comments:

  1. You might want to consider getting her a different cane with a bigger tip to start. My daughter has a LWC as well, and it's been our experience and the experience of the center she attends (Anchor Center for the Blind, in Denver CO) that kids who are starting on cane have a hard time with the free canes because they have a small tip that snags on things. You could try putting a tennis ball over the tip. It just makes it easier in the beginning, since most kids start by pushing or sliding the cane instead of tapping it.

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  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV9XFzKo1aE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1KGvCY1LS4

    Also, here are two good videos to introduce you to proper cane technique. Don't worry about the small details at first, that will come later.

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  3. Rendiggy,
    I love the idea of a tennis ball at the end. I'm going to let our younger kids "play" with the cane with a ball at the end.

    Thank you so much!

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  4. where did you go to get the cane for you daughter? I never thought of ordering one for our little Z. Does your little girl walk? Z walks with help. I still think it might be good to look into. And yes!!! The news of the IAC makes me smile very big today!!!!

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    1. I hope the link is working above for the Early Explorers program. They send you a cane and a back issue of Future Reflections (which is also free to subscribe to). My little one is still in the orphanage and they say she doesn't walk independently yet. I got the cane so I could be ready to help her when she comes. Yes, look into it!!

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  5. Ordered one too! How long did it take for you to get it? We just got word that we are traveling for 1st visit in August! So excited. Thanks for the heads up on the cane. Oh and our little guy doesn't walk independently either.

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    1. It was really quick!! SO excited for you!!

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