Flexibility Training Led to Different iz Good

We love acknowledging those that Get Involved with the Different iz Good movement and the Turning Views Foundation ~ And, this one’s a biggie! The slogan Different iz Good . . . Spread the Word may never have existed but for the comments of a fellow Chromsome 18 Mom. In 2008 we were discussing how our beautiful special needs kiddos do not like change and changes in their schedule or routine that cause things to seem different. Susan Moran commented that they really stress in their house that different is good and show it by changing furniture around often and other methods. My eyes, heart and soul wrapped around those words and with Susan’s permission I tucked it away to “incubate” until the timing was right! You are a beautiful rockin Mom Susan! Here’s an explanation straight from Susan herself –

“Different is Good is a comment that is spoken in our house about every other sentence. It started as flexibility training for my darling IM who does NOT like change in schedule, routine, activity, etc… We sing and dance and chant, different is good, who can handle it? Then, the idea morphed into all differences are good…different people, people with differences. Wow, it is really going somewhere.”

Most Popular Posts for 2011

Spent some time today combing through our 2011 posts to put together a “most popular” list for our new visitors and frequent visitors alike in case you missed something or want to share a great article with a friend. I wanted to include ALL of them as I think ALL of them are awesome and inspiring posts. I took a look at how many comments and facebook likes each post received. So here ya go – Most Popular Different iz Good posts for 2011!

Different iz Just Fine – January 7, 2011

Giving Sam a Voice – February 7, 2011

Symbiosis – February 9, 2011

My Kid Rides the Short Bus – February 16, 2011

It’s the Little Things – April 18, 2011

A Poem for Special Teachers! – April 27, 2011

Just a Little Girl – May 9, 2011

Different is Love – May 24, 2011

Showers, Escalators and Airport Toilets, Oh My! – September 13, 2011

Different is . . . – December 12, 2011

Samantha Enjoys Christmas in a Different Way – December 20, 2011

Different is…

(Guest post by Susan Moran –Learn more about Susan by visiting our Contributors Page)

Different is…

Different is the loooooooooooooooooong pause after you answer the question, “How old is she?”

Different is the questioning the new doctors have over why this “normal” child is on a liquid diet instead of table food.

Different is checking your schedule for doctor and therapists appointments before you plan a play-date.

Different is your darling explaining orthotics to her friends.

Different is the questions from the school-mates as to why she is acting like THAT.

Different is explaining “words” like IEP and GERD to your friends.

Different is saying; “Sissy, you are sweet I could pour you on my pancakes.”

Different is blowing Daddy hugs so hard he almost falls over.

Different is singing no matter where we are or who is watching.

Different is getting up and dancing in the restaurant when the Latin music moves you.

Different is chatting to the birds and animals on the walk and not noticing or caring who sees.

Different is saying my name is. What is your name? May I have a hug now?

Different is the one more hug, Mommy before you go.

Written by Susan Moran

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Different is Love

(Guest post by Susan Moran –Learn more about Susan by visiting our Contributors Page)

(©2009 Artwork by Lillian Darnell - All Rights Reserved)

Different is Love

Different is learning love is like a rainbow:

Full of colors and joy-
Full of experiences that upon memory are as colorful as a rainbow,
Full of expectations that upon collaboration are as colorful as a rainbow;
even though the collaboration changes the expectations beyond imagining sometimes,
Full of joy for all of the differences that no one could have predicted and yes, these joys are as colorful as a rainbow.
Different is learning love is like a rainbow, very colorful and full of mystery and joy.

Kaleidoscope

My journey with my darling daughter is like a kaleidoscope. It is a mixture of emotions at levels never before experienced or even imagined. She has taught me that love is joy. Different levels of joy and excitement over “small” things that others take for granted.

These joys occur on HER time table, not on the schedule from some developmental chart or some doctor or teacher’s notion of when is “right” for it to occur.

Love is those first independent steps that we had to wait an “extra year and a few months” for her to take.

Love is the pride that beams from every fiber of her being and through her soul when she “gets it” whatever the latest it is!

Love is the sheer, pure joy when my darling finally, after years of trying, jumps over that yellow bar at PT.

Love is knowing when to whoop and holler at her success and when to celebrate quietly so as not to interrupt the moment for her.

This kaleidoscope love of mine is wonderful. It is so full of color that changes and mixes and is constantly in flux.

I am blessed to have a kaleidoscope love child. Are you?

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Acceptance of Different

(Guest post by Susan Moran –Learn more about Susan by visiting our Contributors Page)

There are many things to accept in this world. We must accept different people, different cultures, different religions, different points of view, different methods of accomplishing tasks, different schedules, expectations, rules, directions, likes and dislikes and the list goes on and on and on.

In our house, one darling really needs help with accepting different expectations and different methods of accomplishing tasks. She likes sameness—it is comforting to know how and when things will be done. However, as stated above, this is NOT how life really works. So, I am challenged daily to help her embrace and enjoy flexibility. :) To this end, I made up a song/chant with her in the car the other day.

I wrote a song to help IM deal with adjusting her evening schedule to include sitter time. She loves her sitter but still struggles with differences in routines and how things are done. All things should be done Momma’s way, don’t you know?! :) So, here it is.

Izzy’s way, Izzy’s way
I like to do it Izzy’s way
Sometimes it’s dif-fer-ent,
But that’s O. K.,
I LIKE to do it Izzy’s way.

We also talk about how this song can help at school, at PT, at doctor’s appts, where ever things are different—we can sing this song and make it a good day. :) It helped that night and another night too. :)

I bet you know some one who could use flexibility training too. :)

What will you do today to embrace, celebrate or help some one with differences?

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A Sharky Christmas

IM

(Guest post by Susan Moran –Learn more about Susan by visiting our Contributors Page)

To the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas

A little back ground on why I re-wrote this song.  My daughter, IM has Chromosome 18p-. Part of what  this means is that she sticks with it, sticks on it and just basically gets stuck. So, she is learning the 12 Days of Christmas and is singing, singing, singing it!  Hey, you know, different is good:)

So Monday morning a verse related to her school popped into my head, because this song will not leave my head now.  Her school mascot is the sharks, thus the first and last verses. Also, due to the shark theme, there is a fish tank in the main hall.

Well, IM’s first love was Elmo and Elmo’s fish is Dorothy. This tank has 5 Dorothy fish—do not try to change their names. They are all Dorothy—told you she gets stuck. :) Well she used to feed the fish on “good days.” If you know goldfish, this is not good if it happens daily. Well, she was good LOTS! So, sick fish. Enter the best school secretary of all times! She bought a Beta Fish to sit on her desk because they can be fed daily.

Now, the best school secretary ever is a vegetarian. Why is this important? Because IM’s favorite food is pepperoni! And, wait for it…the vegetarian secretary named the fish Pepperoni! I think that is enough back-ground on the song….

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a shark in shark tank.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me 2 Pepperonis.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me 3 Dorothy fish.

On the forth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 3 wiggly hamsters.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 5 smiling children.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 6 happy classrooms.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 7 big recess balls.

On the eigth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 8 great books reading.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 9 children singing.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 10 painters painting.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 11 jumpers jumping.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 12 bright red shark slips.

By the way, she wants to write verses 13-100 because 100 is her favorite number. Yes, for both versions. :)

Ciao from a proud and different Momma!