Access 2 Card: Ripley’s Aquarium

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Ripley’s Aquarium is a fun place to take the family but it can add up when you have a family of 5. We usually buy our tickets ahead of time and try to find a deal. I am part of Perkopolis so getting tickets there is a tad cheaper. You do have to register with Perkoplis and get an access code usually from the company you work with. I think it says on the site that you should purchase at least 24 hours in advance so it gives Perkopolis a chance to process the tickets and send to you. I opted for the electronic version of course as it doesn’t make sense to pay for more for tickets when I can show it on my phone or even print it out at home. I got my tickets pretty much right away within an hour. We took the kids there for March break this year but didn’t get a chance to blog about it till now. Ripley’s Aquarium participates in Easter’s Seal Access 2 Card. A support person accompanying a guest with disabilities will be allowed to stay with the guest at all times and will be provided with free admission. Kids under 3 are also free so our family of 5 only paid for one adult ticket and one kid. It was a perfect way to entertain the kiddies on March break while not breaking the bank. Of course going on March break we knew it would be insane but […]

Access 2 Card: Toronto Legoland

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I am part of Perkopolis and bought my tickets from them. It is a tad cheaper than buying from site directly. I got my tickets within an hour and just showed them my phone. Legoland is part of Easter Seal’s Access 2 entertainment program. Children 2 and under are free and with the access 2 card a support person gets in free too. Our family of 5 only had to pay for two tickets. It was extremely busy there for March break and harder to control other kids bumping into JB but all in all it was fun for the kiddies. We packed a lunch because the last time we were there the food was bleh. The lines were too long for JB and it was hectic when we attempted to line up but quickly learned that its impossible for him to line up. He still enjoyed running around with little cars we build for him. Now that he’s older and very vocal when other people take his toys not sure we will return to Legoland next year. It was very hot in there and not that big so it was hard when kids run around and bump into JB. It was nice that it is indoor and part of the mall so when he took a nap we were able to do some shopping.

LHIN for services such as Occupational Therapy, SPL, Physiotherapy and Person Support

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Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) is divided by geographical area depending where you live in Ontario to plan, coordinate, integrate and fund health services at the local level. It is funded by Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The idea behind them is they provide services for you while you are waiting for autism services from the city. Some of their in-home services include: Nursing Personal support (help with bathing, dressing, etc.) Physiotherapy Occupational therapy Speech-language therapy Social work Nutritional counselling Medical supplies and equipment To be eligible, you have to not be accessing this service from the City elsewhere. For example, if you are accessing speech through another service then it will not be available through LHIN. For referral contact: 905-895-1240 or 416-222-2241 Toll-Free: 1 888 470 2222 Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 7 days a week Referrals can be made by a health-care professional, a family member or friend, or even by you. Simply get in touch with your local LHIN and they will help you get started. Once you sign up they will assign a care coordinator who manage your initial contact, assessment and follow up. They will set up a meeting with you at your home to discuss and see what you need. Keep this contact as they will be your point of contact going forward. For more information please go to http://www.lhins.on.ca/  

Family Fun Fair on June 9, 2018

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Carnival, Bingo, BBQ, Games and much more brought to you by Community Living Toronto. Saturday June 9, 2018 1712 Ellesmere Road 11am-3pm Admission is only 4 dollars Let them know if you’re coming… Central Michelle Grimley 647-729-1210 email: [email protected] Etobicoke  Georgina Stergiotis 647-294-6906 Email: [email protected]  North York Wendy Dyke 647-274-9281 Email: [email protected] Scarborough Felicita Zanatta 647-729-1635 Email: [email protected] Bus services are available from Etobicoke to take you to fair and departs from 295 the West Mall (ERO) at 10:15am sharp and departs from Lawson at 3pm. Space is limited and if you require this service please your seat with Georgina Stergiotis at 647-294-6906 [email protected] For more information visit https://www.cltoronto.ca/annual-family-fun-fair/  

CityKids

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CITYKIDS is a central single point of contact where they have a network of agencies for children with special needs and their families. They serve two groups of children from birth to 6 years old and 6 to 12 years old in the Greater Toronto Area. Specialized services from their partner agencies include: Resource and Consultative support to Child Care and Early Childhood Programs Speech and Language Services Occupational Therapy Behaviour Consultation Access to Infant Development Programs Referral to specialized programs (Geneva Centre, Adventure Place, etc) Family Counseling Information and Referral for Developmental Assessments Referral You can make the referral yourself by contacting the number below.  I left a voicemail and they called me back the next day to schedule for intake appointment the next week. Please note: There is two streams of services provided. Option, if  you want to put your child in daycare then CityKids help coordinate the special needs coordinator to work with the daycare centre. They may pull in a speech pathologist or occupational therapist. Option B, if you don’t put your child in a license daycare then they offer at home services where they come to your house and teach you how to work with you child. You must not be assessing this service from any where else as they view it as duplication of services since it is paid for by the government. Service Navigator, CITYKIDS 32 Heath Street West Toronto, ON, M4V 1T3 Tel: 416-920-6543 Fax: 416-920-1543 E-Mail: [email protected]

Family fun day at Canada’s Wonderland

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One of our determining factor when we choose family activities is to ensure it will be suitable for JB. This year we decided the kids will enjoy the kiddie rides at the park and splash works area so we got season passes and the dinning passes. Season passes was 71.99 each, the all day dining passes was 91.99 each, and parking for the season was 50 bucks. We skipped the all season drinking refills at 29.99 as we figured it is all pop and juice so we really don’t need the extra sugar considering we will be eating unhealthy “take out food” from the dining passes. The dining pass is worth it considering how expensive food is but if I can go back in time I wouldn’t buy it. Most of the food there is not good and maybe because it is all new the service is horrendous. I waited an hour from time I started lining up to time I got food. There was signs stating we can only use the express line as the other lines wouldn’t take the meal pass but the so call “express line” literally didn’t move for 15 minutes. I ended up going to the regular line as the people in front went up  to complain and they agreed to let meal pass members to use the regular line. Even so, it took a hour and they got me the wrong meal. We ate it anyways and will likely never order there again. The […]

Bawling

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He bawls as if this is the end of the world. I’m pretty sure he was upset tonight because he wasn’t able to take all the circular foam mats upstairs to bed with him. The hubby let him take two which is manageable. These circle forms are about 12 inches in diameter so needless to say it’s impossible to take them all to bed. Boy was it a crying battle tonight. Baby girl was equally as upset. She put up a fight almost as hard as JB. It amazes me how Mase can sleep through all that. Thankfully that boy slept through it all, at least someone gets a good night rest. I forecast a bad night so I should get some snoozing when I can. Hope you are having a better night then us.

New word: Mama mama mama

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I waited almost 3 years to hear those sweet words come out of your mouth and boy it was an emotional touchy moment for me. Funny how simple words can make you feel so good. I don’t think he knows mama mama is me but I take any word over no words. We are hearing a lot more words and hopeful that he will eventually speak. Funny when Mase talks too much I use to say oh let’s play the quiet game but now I no longer take communication for granted anymore. All I want is for JB to talk too much.

Happy wife, happy life. NO the new saying is: Happy JB, happy life

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JB woke up well rested and happy, boy we love it when he wakes up happy. Is it too much to ask that he sleeps well every night? He had a great day in school but teacher is noticing him putting toys/objects in his mouth again. He knows not to do it because as soon as she says out of mouth, he stops. We noticed the same at home. The washrooms were honestly a tad too disgusting. TMI but following family stomach flu means washrooms needs a deep down cleaning. Despite my procrastination, this dirty work must be done. Tackled the deed today (note to self: next home should only have one toilet…ok fine maybe two toilets). It will be nice to have clean washrooms for a few days. No nap today…maybe he is turning into senior toddler and don’t need a nap? Doubt it because he was getting shangry (sleepy + hungry + angry) during dinner. It was not the same level of shangry like yesterday and we were able to get him to eat so that was an improvement. After dinner, daddy took the boys to park and they had a blast. Got home and took a bath followed by extreme slanger (sleepy + anger). However on the bright side he slept before 9pm and that is quite a celebration for us. All three babies asleep before 9pm was kind of odd but GREAT. However the pile of dishes waiting for us was not fun. Turns out if […]

Sleepy + Hungry + Angry = Shangry

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No nap means we should change plans and prepare for a grumpy toddler. Of course, we trek through and don’t change our plans but end up suffering. He was grumpiest to the max. Shangry is real and let’s just say you never want to see him sleepy + hungry + angry. It’s the worse possible combination and EVERYBODY suffers. We canceled last weekend’s dinner invite from a close friend due to an ice storm. Yes you read correctly it was an ice storm in the middle of April. What is going on with the weather??? Where is my spring? I hate winter and so ready to put this behind us. So this dinner was already rescheduled and the big one has been looking forward to visiting because he gets to play games there. JB was just not having it and was crying/throwing a fit. Had to leave early as it was getting too miserable for all of us. On the bright side he slept real quick from 9pm-8am. That was one of the better nights in terms of sleeping. The boys both sounded asleep at 9 and we decided to catch a movie. Watched “All the money in the world”. Good movie but likely will regret the next day staying up till midnight. Every night is unpredictable and what a gamble we took.

A lost duck swimming

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I cannot begin to tell you how hard it is hearing your baby cry and maybe suffer but you have no idea what is bothering him or if he is possibly in any pain. I find myself constantly watching him to see if I can pickup clues of what got him frustrated. Most of the time I can see or at least guess but there times where I have no clue and feel feel like a lost duck. Swimming around endlessly hoping to comfort him so he would stop bawling and get some sleep. He’s only 2, he needs sleep to grow and learn. The idea of being helpless is so devastating. I watch him get frustrated and fall to the ground and hurt his knees. When that happens he gets more frustrated because he is now in pain. If I can take away his frustration I would do it in a heartbeat.