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Old 10-19-2010, 10:07 AM   #16
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Have you looked at the Apple IPad? There has been some recent research done on how the IPad is helping disabled adults. There are so many applications available and they are always adding more. http://www.apple.com/ipad/apps-for-ipad/
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Have you looked at the Apple IPad? There has been some recent research done on how the IPad is helping disabled adults. There are so many applications available and they are always adding more. http://www.apple.com/ipad/apps-for-ipad/
Along these same lines, I was thinking video games. My son (7 year old, 2nd grader, w/ mild CP, no mental/ intellectual disabilities) really loves his Wii & Nintendo DS, especially the Mario games. There are so many different games for both the Wii & the DS, there is likely something he'd enjoy.
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Originally Posted by DipsyDoodles View Post
Have you looked at the Apple IPad? There has been some recent research done on how the IPad is helping disabled adults. There are so many applications available and they are always adding more. http://www.apple.com/ipad/apps-for-ipad/
I was actually wondering about if an Ipod Touch might have some applications that he would enjoy. I was going to look in to that. I can also add looking into the IPad.

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The iPad is bigger so if he has any fine motor issues it might be better for him. There are apps out there for everyone! on my touch I have apps for the 5 year old I babysit for so just look at where he is developmentally and I'm sure you could find something.
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We have an Ipod Touch for my son. He is 12 now with moderate Autism. One of those deals where he knows in his heart he isn't a little boy anymore, but he still loves his little boy cartoons and movies and what not. We are looking into the IPad as Christmas present.

I can attest the Ipod is great...not only can you put the apps on it to play and fiddle with, but I also have music on there that he likes, and movies/videos of his shows he likes.

I wish you the best of luck, not only with the gathering of ideas to keep your brother busy, but with the possibilities of letting Mom and Dad give him some more freedoms in life.

Your parents remind me so much of my own Grandmother and my aunt with Down Syndrome. It is tough, but in the end, we were able to point out to my grandmother that she had fought so hard to make sure my Aunt had opportunities, yet she, her mother, was hindering her own daughters quality of life. Who wants to sit around and be bored when they could be out exploring the world !!!

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I am surprised you could fit on that soapbox with me and my sister already up there! Yep, we have gone beyond blue in the face.


Seriously, my sibs and I have been there! Mom is/was the ultimate martyr with my brother. I was told by my brother's social worker that he will age along with my parents. So, before he was moved into his apartment, he was acting like an 80 year old. He's more active now, but still has his lazy moments.

You're right, hopefully this is a wake up call to your mom. I know she only wants to protect her baby, but in the long run, is it really protecting him from what he will eventually face? Plus, I don't know where they live, but there is usually a waiting list to get into group homes or apartments and even qualify for a Medicaid developmental disability waiver. I speak from experience too since all of the states are tightening their belts on these waivers.

As far as things to keep your brother busy, I like the baseball/basketball card idea, or you can even look for football. Target sells trading cards. How about comic books? Just looking at the pictures and figuring out the story line will keep him busy.

Keep plugging away gently with your mom. It's really tough to cut those apron strings for a special needs child. Our parents were the trailblazers for present day parents with special needs children!

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Old 10-21-2010, 12:44 AM   #22
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Any ideas for somethings he could collect? The more collections the better so if he loses interest in one he can go to another for awhile.
What about postcards? They could either be cards that people sent him or cards that he or someone else bought. He could put them in a photo album.

Another thing (that's free!) to collect is business cards. Any time he meets someone, he could ask for their card. Or people could save cards for him that they get from trade shows and the like. Office stores have business card binders that have plastic pages, much like those in photo albums, to collect the cards in.

Disney pins would be more expensive to collect, but I know there are sources for discounted pins (sorry, don't recall specific companies, but I know they've been discussed on disboards). There are also sales on the Disney Store web site from time to time. There are bags available with fabric pages to pin them on, or he could just stick them (after the backs were removed) into a piece of foam core board.
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My brother collected Pez as a teenager/young adult.

I would suggest trying drawing or painting. People of all ages do that.
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What about an instrument? Do you think he could handle a small keyboard? I think they make some where the keys light up to play the song. You could plug it in to earphones so others don't always have to hear.
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I've had clients with similar abilities volunteer to fold bulletins and stuff envelopes for their local churches. It is simple, repetetive, pretty hard to mess up, and a bit of giving back. Perhaps he would enjoy that a few hours a week.

Editing to add that someone from the church would probably need to volunteer to drop them off for him and pick up again before services. In my experience there are plenty of people willing to do that. And, that provides a short but sometimes meaningful social opportunity outside of the family.
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I work in Special Education and teach vocational skills to students between the ages of 13 - 22...some just a mild learning delay, some with severe learning disabilities and or physical disabilities. Gosh, it's so hard when we have parents like yours to deal with. Their heart is in the right place, but it's really such a disservice to the individual in the end. Something EVERYONE gets is junk mail. Would your brother be able to shred? It's a grown up job, but also easy to do. Some of my students love doing this because they feel it's important, but it's also easy and repetitive. We also have students that love puzzles. I second what someone else said about simple paint by numbers projects...if he likes painting.

I really feel for you and your sister because I understand where you are coming from. It's very difficult to get simple readers that don't look too juvenile. They are hard to find, but there are materials out there for easy reading. I have found that sometimes materials for people with English as a second language are more grown up looking, but still simple to read. They will depict simple short sentences and have more mature drawings to accompany them.

I also like the photography idea someone else suggested. You can find some very simple digital cameras now for children. He could take pictures where he goes and start a scrapbook...it's not girly if done right. I like scrap books that have actual scraps of mementos to go with the pictures. If he takes pictures at the hospital, put fliers from the hospital, someone's business card, etc., a receipt from the lunch he ate. This will make it a bigger/more detailed project.

What about collecting quarters? There are so many different quarters with all the different states & American islands now. Some of my kids get a kick out of finding new ones. They have collection tools just for this type of hobby. I wish I could think of more right now.
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Originally Posted by lovetoscrap View Post
He needs something to do! But we just can't figure out what. He has a Gameboy but isn't very good at it so it gets boring fast when you just keep dying/losing. He can't read or do any type or word or number puzzles.
Have you considered leading him towards the Lego-type games? All you do is break apart then you are rebuilt. They are challenging, yet easy to play. We play them as a family - most of them don't require too much hand/eye coordination.

Mahjong is another very popular game in my house - with the matching up of the tiles.

What about painting??? Have you considered any type of art/working with his hands?
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What about postcards? They could either be cards that people sent him or cards that he or someone else bought. He could put them in a photo album.
This is a great idea! I'm sure you could get lots of people to send him postcards by making requests on social networking sites like facebook and the DIS. He could even chart where the cards come from on a map.
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Don't usually read this board, just randomly stumbled across this thread, but -

if his vision is pretty good (and I only say that because at 41, I have to squint and hold these suckers 2 feet away to read them!), can he collect the state quarters that have been in circulation for several years now?

Since the distribution is over, they are well in circulation and easy to find in everyone's every day pocket change, and for more of a challenge, he can collect both sets - the Philadelphia series and the Denver series (one is harder than the other to find all of, depending on what part of the country you are in).

They even have books and folios to mount them in, some of which have picture matching if you think he might have trouble just identifying them by memory.

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What about him making scrapbooks? Scrapbooking is definitely an adult hobby.

It's pretty inexpensive to have photos printed these days, and he could glue them in with a glue stick (they make glue sticks that are safe to use with photos). There are lots of stickers he could add to dress up the pages. Those wouldn't be messy to use, and craft stores put them on sale frequently.

Although you can spend a lot on the blank scrapbooks, I have also seen simple little ones in the dollar spot at Target from time to time, and I am sure there are other reasonably price ones out there.

And after he was finished making the scrapbook, he could spend time looking back through it. He might get a kick out of showing it off to visitors, too.
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