A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Special Needs Blog Hop: Random Thoughts

The topic for this week's special needs blog hop is Random Thoughts. 

I'm gonna talk about what I've been doing today.... giving away holiday cards to all the people who work with Little Bird. If you're counting, she's got:

1 teacher
1 1:1 shadow
2 speech therapists
3 occupational therapists
2 play therapists
1 play tutor
and a partridge in a pear tree

I probably left someone out. Oops! Here's what I did: I made a donation to Friendship Circle and gave each therapist a gorgeous card with that gorgeous little bird's photo, thanking them for working so hard with her and letting them know that a donation has been made in their honor. My friend and neighbor also uses one of our OTs and STs, so we went in on a couple gift cards for them, too, to stores they love. I also gave her teacher a gift card to Office Max because I know that teachers spend way too much of their own money on school supplies. I knitted a scarf for LB's shadow in purple and gold (she's a Lakers fan!). Both her teacher and shadow cried this morning when I gave them their gifts. Sweet.

As nice as is it for these people to get gifts, I think they really love any true sentiment. A little note expressing gratitude goes a long way. I hate clutter and I am always leery of giving people things that will end up being clutter. I always go for the sentiment. Plus, making a donation to FC comes right back to families like mine with kids with special needs.

So, what did you do for your kids' peeps? 


Blessed2BaMommy said...

Oh that's really lovely! What a nice gift, meaningful, & yes, full of sentiment. They'll remember that; it means something... wonderful!

Thanks for visiting me; hi from the special needs blog hop!


Tammy said...

That's great! I prefer to get something for someone that has meaning, and isn't just a token gift. This year, though, I can't get anyone gifts. I'll get my kids a gift each, but that will be it.

TherExtras said...

A perfect gift I think! Barbara

Big Daddy Autism said...

I am fortunate my wife handles all that stuff. If it were up to me, no one would be happy.

Karen said...

You were very thoughtful in your gifts. I know that they appreciated them.

I'm giving small crystal angels to my son's teacher and therapists. I got them to symbolize how much that they have done for him. They've put him on the right path, and now we can get him the help that he really needs.

MommyToTwoBoys said...

Very creative! And sweet. As a former teacher that is a great gift to get. I used to get so much candy and holiday decorations. BUT you did just make me a little sick because I haven't even thought of all the teachers and therapists.

tulpen said...

Totally agree. I give a nice card and yummy treats.

And I can never remember how many therapists and what there names are... I just send extra bags of treats...

Varda said...

Thanks for reminding me I need to get on the ball with the teacher/therapist gifts.

Actually I need to FIND the B&N and Starbucks gift cards I bought last month so I wouldn't be all last minute again this year.

See? The gifts of an ADD brain just keep on giving.

Now, where the hell did I put those suckers?

JMD said...

I had to laugh when I read your post, because I remembered how I was running through school one day before the holidays, delivering the gifts to various therapists, and then realized with horror that I forgot the guidance counselor with whom my son had social skills lunch groups.

In the past I used to give everyone gift cards ($10 or $20), either to Staples or Amazon, but last year I just made a donation to our district's Special Education Parents Advisory Council and gave the teachers and therapists "funds request" forms.

Nanette said...

Just stopped by via the special needs blog hop and wanted to say Hi :)

@jencull (jen) said...

Fabulous idea and I totally agree about the clutter thing:) Jen


4timesblessed said...

Wonderful!! Actually, umm... I feel really neglegent because I haven't done anything yet but then again I am not even prepared for Christmas...cringe factor #1 million... Thanks for visiting me!!

marlowe said...

That's a great idea...we are looking at the Friendship Circle as a model for our community...love it!

Jennifer said...

Those are wonderful ideas! (And thanks for reminding me to add the SLP and OT to our "list"!)

We're making little bags with "Snowman Soup" for thought gifts this year. Last year we made bookmarks.


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