The school year approaches, and it’s time to start thinking about kindergarten. We understand many questions can come to mind in the process of preparing your child, and yourself, for that first year in “big school.” The overarching question: With so many options available, where should we go? As of this year, High Hopes is officially tossing our name into that discussion. In this post, we will outline what our kindergarten will look like – the practical application and benefits of a truly inclusive model of education, the experience and knowledge provided by a highly qualified staff, the deep level of resources available to ensure each child’s complete success, and of course all the fun we’re going to have!
When exploring the different childcare/ preschool options, my husband, Matt, and I looked no further once we found High Hopes! Like many first-time parents, I was somewhat paranoid (and probably overly cautious) about the safety of my child. I wanted him in a place where I knew he would receive the best care possible! But, unlike many parents that come to High Hopes, my husband and I were not seeking a school for children with special needs. We were aware of the developmental programs offered by High Hopes. However, we just really loved the warm and friendly staff and teachers, the care and attention that each child receives (small class size), and the security. For our son RJ (now 5 years old) and our daughter Maggie-Jo (2 years old), High Hopes has been the only preschool they have...
Allergy season is upon us! It’s the time of year when we wake up with a tickle in our throats and walk outside to find our car is suddenly painted icky-green with pollen. Our respiratory systems tend to take the hardest hit this time of year, but our eyes may not like it so much either. A little thing called conjunctivitis amps up its game around this time each year, a condition we know by the more common, succinctly descriptive name of pink eye. So how can you tell if your little one’s eyes are leaking and gooey because of histamines, or if it’s something a little more sinister? Read on and find out everything you need to know about this itchy, irritating problem.
Kids are weird. Aren't we all? However, when it comes to differences caused by damage to the brain, it seems we still operate more from fear or a lack of understanding, and many times, understanding only comes through a personal experience. Being the mother of a child with special needs has opened my eyes to ignorance and discrimination, but coincidentally it has also opened up a special pocket of the world that celebrates and shouts inclusion. The Dobsons' family story encompasses struggle and uncertainty, but also joy and community, and discusses the true meaning and impact of the word "inclusion..."
“Mom, my throat hurts.” How many times do we hear this in a year? Especially right now, in this weird transition between winter and spring. It’s the time of year when germs just seem to run amok, and then to pour lemon juice on a papercut, pollen comes swooping in! Coughs, sore throats, fevers and headaches, noses that run like a faucet in all the yuckiest colors of the rainbow – we see it all here at High Hopes, especially in the winter and spring. But there’s one kind of sore throat that is unarguably the worst of them all: strep throat. So how can you tell the difference between strep throat, allergies, a cold, or even a stressed out set of vocal chords from a little too much “How Far I’ll Go” karaoke? What can you do about it if it is strep throat? Just how worried should y...
Whether they are taking a trip to outer space on a “rocket ship” that’s really a playground swing, splashing around wildly in a water puddle, or quietly building a zoo out of colorful blocks, children are always spending the majority of their time and energy doing one simple thing: playing. But how simple is it, really? All the activities that we remember most as adults are representative of just a few of the stages of play a child will experience. In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at the six social stages of play. If we know what to look for, we can spot these stages as they come, and we can engage in a child’s play in a way that is supportive and productive no matter their age or developmental level! Let’s play!
You know that famous question you ask yourself everyday... What am I going to pack my kiddos for lunch today? Let’s talk about it! It doesn’t have to be a struggle to pack your child’s lunch. Making a healthy lunch can be made quick and simple. YOU can make a healthy, nutritious lunch your growing child loves by simply educating yourself and knowing basic nutrition. Being prepared is half the battle!
Contemplate these words for a moment: HEAD LICE. Bet your head is itching already. You can almost feel them crawling through your hair just at the very mention of them. But be strong! We’ll get through this post together, and it’s important that we get through this post. Because the fact of the matter is, these bothersome little bugs are likely to affect us all at one point or another. The more we know about them and the myths surrounding them, the more we can do to prevent their spread. So let’s go on an itchy journey together to learn about this little insect: the head louse!
Charlie’s first day of school just so happened to be the day I gave birth to his brother and sister. This was not planned. Nothing about any of my pregnancies or deliveries or mom-life really was. But ever since he turned two, High Hopes was part of the plan. It’s important as a parent of a child with special needs (or any human really) to build your tribe. You need your people. The ones you can rely on to help without question, to offer an ear without judgment, and who “get” your family and how it works. For us, outside of family, it’s High Hopes.
If you’re on the list for receiving emails from us here at High Hopes, you may have heard rumblings of week-long inclusive camps, sensory-friendly community activities and services, seminars for parents, and other exciting events! Well, folks, we’re here to tell you it’s all true. It’s all part of our goal to provide Family Support Services to the community we serve. We have a front row seat to so many of the challenges that can come with raising a child, and these services are one way that we can step up to help families address those challenges. Here are some of the things our Family Support Services program is offering now!