I call myself an ability hacker because I strive to create solutions that encourage my daughter to grow stronger and build new skills. I am always on the lookout for interesting solutions developed by others as well.
A few years ago, I found myself unexpectedly thrown off kilter when we received news that my daughter would be born with Myelomeningocele (more commonly known at Spina Bifida). I was 20 weeks pregnant, and the next 18 and a half weeks were a roller coaster of emotions, filled with loads of research, prenatal testing, and planning.
Once my daughter arrived, well… I was in love! Her being here also let me move from worry mode into action mode, and being active… even proactive… made me feel a ton more positive. However, I often find that what I want for her either doesn’t exist, or is REALLY costly. As a result, I’ve gotten crafty. I use inexpensive, everyday materials and throw in a helping of can-do spirit. Sometimes things work. Sometimes they don’t.
This is my space to share ideas and creations (that have worked) with you.
Note: Every solution won’t work or be safe for every child, so please always partner closely with your child’s doctors and therapists if you decide to try out some of these ideas!