Several months ago Emme's therapist referred us to a program that would help us specifically in our home since we were still having some major issues at the time.
It's an eight week program that's essentially like the show Super Nanny. A lady observes us for a week and then teaches us all new skills for the next 7 weeks. She spends about 8-10 hours with us every week so it's pretty intense.
I forgot all about it until I got a phone call recently saying we could start the next day. I was a bit nervous to have someone in our home for such an extensive amount of time. I mean, who can keep their house clean for that long?! Not to mention every weakness I have would be on display and scrutinized extensively. For real...no one needs to know that I rarely cook dinner and drink 44oz Dirty Diet Cokes on the daily. Did I say that out loud?
We started a few weeks ago and just got done with the observation stage. I just learned my first new skill on Friday and Emme will start working on her's this coming week. I was pretty skeptical at first, but now I can't say enough how grateful I am to be a part of this program. Our helper was very complimentary of me and even started me a few steps ahead since I was somewhat doing what they teach already. Let me just toot my own horn here...toot toot.
Everything they teach is written down in a binder and put in steps which is exactly how my brain works. I love that we have somewhat of a plan and have someone right there to help us implement the new tools. Will it fix Emme's ADHD? Not necessarily, but it will help her to learn how to deal with frustrations and how to cope in situations that are difficult for her. It will also give us as parents the keys to support her now and in the future.
I'm so proud of Emme and the hard work she has done to get to where she is. She has to overcome so much every day just to accomplish simple tasks that other kids her age just know naturally. So many people mention how they don't know how we handle Emme's intensity every day, but Emme is the one with the disability. She is the one that has to struggle and try to retrain her brain all day every day. She is a fighter.