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Monday, September 28, 2009

What's that in the mirror?

Have you ever noticed that piece of glass all around that shows you what you look like? Sometimes it startles me to see my reflection...is that what everyone sees? Can you really tell how I feel based on how I look? I am not sure how I feel about mirrors! They seem to be everywhere and everyone loves looking in them!

I am wondering if everyone likes them all the time? Today we were in session and our client constantly was looking in the mirror. He checked he faces and identified his feelings he was showing...."happy face", "made face", "scared' and more.

I noticed my ears and tail change places when I look in the mirror....I am not sure where I am going with this, but I am fascinated.

I am going to nap and ponder this mirror thing....

Good night!

Bode

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Good Listener


Have you ever heard someone say we have two ears for a reason? For me it's even important because I can't use human words, but I do understand them! This was one of those days where I did a lot of listening.
In the therapy room, it is our presence and ability to listen that is most important. The kids don't enjoy us because we can tell them how to change their situation, they request Bode and I in therapy because we help them process without talking. Many times individuals can solve situations that life brings their way on their own--they just need someone to listen while they self process!
Take some time to listen to those around you this week, you may be surprised at the outcome!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Vote for Bode

Hi! Bode made it to week eight of a photo contest...take a minute to vote for him! He is too shy to ask himself, but as his sister, I can ask!


Lot's of love--Abbey!

Monday, September 14, 2009

2009 CARES PSA

Check out the CARES 2009 PSA. We weren't in it but think everyone sould view it! You can go direct to youtube as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6BxXaEBfMg

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Handcuffs, keyboards, swords, and more...


A day in the Delta Family Counseling play therapy room always surprises us! Yesterday's adventures were during my sessions (this is Bode)!


I was placed in handcuffs with Tara and got myself out of them! Sometimes the kids try to rescue us from the pretend bad guys, but today the child just said we were arrested for being "wild". I heard Tara talking with the parent and I think this kiddo go in trouble at school for being "wild". I didn't mind being handcuffed, but that was just the start...the session after wore me out!


The next kiddo was on sensory overload...seriously, none of the sensory tools worked! The sensory bag worked him up, as did the sensory balls. We spent most of our session in the dark as it calmed our client! The most fun was when I was taught to play the keyboard! Our client got out a guitar, accordion and keyboard. Tara had to play the accordion and he was using the guitar, but stated he was mad that I was not part of "The Band". Our client figured out how to get the keyboard to play by itself and it became my instrument! I loved to push my nose on the keys and add my own personal changes to the songs....lalalalalalalala! Jingle Bells made we wag my tail a lot...I think that is a Christmas song and I LOVE Christmas! Our band helped calm the child and he talked about his week in his songs!


Those are the highlights of yesterday...this may sound crazy and out there, but it sure did help these kids process their day! We learn something new every day!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Summer lovin....

I am so excited! I don't normally like the pool, but I went in tonight with Tara and have so much energy now! It was nice and cold....not sure if I will go in again, but not as bad as I remembered! I actually went in twice!!

Summer is quickly coming to an end this Labor Day weekend and we wish you a safe holiday with friends and family. Being in Florida, it is not near time to cool off, but school is back in and we have our sights on the cooler weather coming in the evenings (hopefully sooner than later so we can have the windows open).

Enjoy your last weekend of Summer and don't forget to play!!

With love, Abbey!