Yes, that's very helpful.
We're still in the beginning phases of teaching Maya how to use PECS (it's a picture card system that she can use to communicate). I love the idea of it . . . although I can understand her signs, and Dave understands most of them, they still get garbled up. So the cards would let her communicate with anyone! I printed some up and laminated them, but they were too thin and difficult for her to pick up. After 2 days of struggling I can up with this:
I glued them onto our old foam alphabet mats (you know, the kind everyone has) and then cut them with kitchen scissors (they were really easy to cut). So now they're easy enough to pick up, and light, and easy to clean! (When I mentioned this last night to some other moms of kids with special needs, one said "You're like the Martha Stewart of special needs!" That's still making me laugh today :) )
Amsterdam International is continuing to make the rounds. It's now up on 11 sites/blogs that I know of, with at least one more to come on Saturday morning. I'm going to make a link list on the side at some point (maybe tonight? don't hold your breath, but it's possible). And 258 people have shared the link on Facebook----have you? Why not just throw it up there for a little bit? You never know who might be touched by it . . .
I realized that I posted a cute album of photos on the blog's Facebook page from my niece's birthday, but didn't add any here. So I leave you with our most recent family pic (well, minus Parker):