Sunday, August 21, 2011


Ambrose has been continuing to enjoy exploring all of his new sensory toys. It is wonderful to get to see him experience new sensations, even if his reaction is subtle.
We have finally gotten the last item from our Make a Wish: an iPad. It was generously donated by Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield, VT. As you may have heard, iPads are becoming increasingly popular as an educational/sensory toy for babies and special needs children. There are many many apps designed especially for them. I wanted to try it but wasn't sure that he would respond, due to his limited vision, but it seems quite promising. He has just had a few interactions with it so far, but really seems to be looking at the fireworks, baby shapes graphic patterns, the rainbow xylaphone. Also, it has a feature called photo booth that allows you to take some pretty crazy pictures, as you can see.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Ambrose was baptised today at Dummerston Congregational Church! Sorry no picture of the baptism. This is a picture of Pastor Susanna with Ambrose, followed by some more pictures of him playing with some of his fabulous Make a Wish toys.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Make A Wish

Ambrose was granted a wish by the Make A Wish Foundation of Vermont, who had previously granted a wish to Sophia as well. With Ambrose's significant visual and hearing impairments and limited mobility, it is difficult to find things that stimulate him. I have become pretty good at it, but many "special needs" toys are quite expensive! We have learned ove time that Ambrose likes vibration, colored lights, and music. I requested and was allowed to select a wide variety of sensory toys and equipment. It has been like Christmas in July as packages arrived every few days. It is very exciting for all of us to see if he responds to the new sensations.
Some things have been a big hit, such as the vibroacoustic beanbag chair, which we have covered with the tactile cover we had gotten for his birthday, which hooks up to a stereo and he is able to feel the music. I put the Vibramat under the front of it for extra vibration. He likes his giant crocodile, which he can lay on, the windchime, Pipe Dreams xylophone, Audobon birds, vibroacoustic wedge he can lay on, tray for his stander, tactile book and tray cover, frame for hanging toys over him when he is in his chair, light up maracas, aquarium lamp. I am very excited about the Wingbo tummy time swing. Ambrose doesn''t usually tolerate being in this position, which is so good for him. He doesn't seem to mind this since he can push with his feet and swing a bit. It does tire him out however to bear weight through his arms and hold his head up. We are still waiting for a few more goodies, including an iPad, and some switches and switch activated toys, and a projector that projects moving liquid swirls, like a lava lamp. I will post more photos of him with his new treasures.

If you ever feel the urge to donate to or get involved with a charity, please consider Make A Wish. Thank you to our wish granters Polly and Barbara, and the director of wish granting, Heather for all their hard work and kindness! I would like to be a wish granter one day!