The Pedi Support Program is program sponsored by Pediatric Therapy, Inc. that provides the community of Lubbock and surrounding areas with support for the special needs population.
Through a networking of resources, this program offers information to caregivers, clinicians, physicians and the general public in regards to the cares and concerns that face our special needs population. Through this networking, support is given to help better serve our special needs population and their families.
Areas of support include networking via the PTI website (www.ptilubbock.com), in-house reference materials, activities, guest speakers and support group information. Through this network of support, we will all grow to better serve our special needs population.
Come grow with us…
Focus of the Month: Family
And ways to Strengthen your Family
Ways to Strengthen your Family
Get together and look at family pictures and reminisce.
Have a family game or craft activity night.
Remind them that winning is not what is important, but the purpose is to enjoy each other.
Find ways to volunteer as a family in the community.
Create family rituals daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. The characteristics of a family ritual is that it is regular and completed regardless (make it a priority- no excuses) and all members play an important role in the ritual. Making memories like this will help frame their view of what family means.
(Examples of rituals: making and eating breakfast together on Saturdays, nightly walks together after dinner, camping trips every 4th of July, etc.)
Leave family members notes in their lunch boxes, school books, in their rooms, etc. This is an effective way of communicating with individual family members. Messages can be used for many reasons: to let them know you are thinking of them; to let them know you are proud of an accomplishment; to encourage them; to let them know you have concerns (notes like these should first state something positive about them followed by your concerns); etc.
Establish family rules. Let all family members be involved in creating them. Children feel more motivated to follow rules when they have input. Write them down and post them up so everyone can see. (Examples of rules: Tell the truth, treat each other with respect, respect each other’s property, ask permission before you go somewhere, no arguing with parents, criticize kindly, etc.)
Check in with each individual child daily to ask “What was the happiest part of the day?” and “What was the saddest part of the day?”
Have weekly family meetings. The purpose is to see how everyone’s week went, to raise concerns, and/or make family decisions.
Agenda can include:
* Reviewing the week; everyone rates the week from 1-10 and says what went well. (All have to say one positive thing about their week)
* Discuss problems/concerns that individuals are having in the home or at school. Do not criticize or make accusations. For Example, “You did…” or “ You always…” Instead use sentences like “ I was really upset when…” or “ I am having a problem with…” Do not let it turn into an argument. All family members need to help mediate and find solutions.
* Decide on family goals or family decisions that need to be made.