This blog was initially set up as a means of communicating with my son's team. Since then, I've heard from other parents with similar stories. If you are living with challenges or journeying alongside someone who is, you are not alone. There are many of us. I'm a single adoptive Mom ( of a young man who lives with many abilities and many diagnoses. We have journeyed together through many challenges and a few adventures over the years as my son has tried to find space in this world that makes him feel more comfortable, an attempt made especially difficult when living with Attachment Disorder, PDD-NOS (Autism), Developmental Coordination Disorder, ADHD, prenatal substance exposure, etc. Some of the strongest elements used in this journey have been music, visual arts, therapeutic parenting, team-connection, boundary-setting, boundary-setting, boundary-setting, communication skills, community-building, continual lifeskills training, and elements of Theraplay. (Click here for some written resources.) On this journey, there is laughter and tears and growth and hope. The greatest of these is hope.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Great Places to Hide Stuff!

*For the purposes of this blog, "stuff" is generally defined as items not acquired by socially acceptable and/or appropriate means, OR items for which the intended use is not socially acceptable and/or appropriate (a container of mush hidden away for later spitball creation, for example)

*The following list is NOT intended to be seen by children who live with various "must stash" challenges. Actually, this list is not for children at all; it's more of a "sometimes ya just have to find ways to smile" for adults who live with and understand how it feels to find treasures in unexpected places
*This list is not exhaustive; and I have a sense it's not conclusive either

Beginner Level
-under bed/dresser/nightstand
-inside drawers
-under blankets/pillow

-behind doors/in the fold of bifold doors

Intermediate Level
-inside venting system (bedroom vents, bathroom vents)
-between baseboard and wall
-under bedroom rug when you remove the cover for the bedroom vent
-taped under the bottomside of drawers

-inside a hole created at the back of bedroom closet
-inside a hole created behind any piece of bedroom furniture
-in pockets of clothing hanging in closet

-if clothing doesn't have pockets, just tie a knot in sleeves/pantlegs
-inside mattress/quilted comforter/pillow/stuffed toys
-in light fixtures
-inside legs of keyboard stands, exercise bikes, closet organizers, etc
-behind posters/pictures on walls; make sure it's light and flat
-between books
-between the pages of books; encyclopedias are great for hiding stuff

Expert Level
-anywhere in the crotch or general genital area!

1 comment:

  1. Hahahahahahahaha!!!!! My 2 RADs have been "stuff" "EXPERT"s for years!!! Hahahahahaha!!!
    I read this to my husband. Thanks for the laugh!