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Ticket to the Great Pumpkin Festival

2 Oct

Pumpkin Festival

Originally uploaded by CleverIndie

We use rolls of carnival tickets as a visual, tangible “token” instead of monetary allowance. This helps him stay on track, helps reduce stress for our whole family, and teaches him the concept of money and hard work.

The tickets accumulating in his bear shaped plastic jar “ticket bank” are another visual and we also track his daily and weekly ticket progress on a task sheet. He earns tickets for everyday chores but we also give him tickets for choosing to play with a toy from his “sensory bucket” (more on that soon, I promise!) and I give him an extra ticket here and there for doing little projects or favors for me. For the special project tickets, I usually write the date and task on the back, so we can reinforce with praise when reviewing the day or week.

Anyway, I was looking at the big bag of tickets he earned over the summer and didn’t want to put them in curbside recycling and I couldn’t reuse them with Alex (he’s very rigid in his thinking- we are working on it but at this time “re-earning” the tickets would totally throw off his game)… So I asked Alex if he could think of a project to do with them.

These necklaces are what we came up with and we make them together(he’s the very enthusiastic glitter department).

$5 of each necklace purchased goes towards Alex’s virtual school fund (he gets tickets/points toward his goal). He is saving up to take language lessons online, through K12.com.

To learn more about Asperger’s please visit NIH’s info sheet

To buy a necklace please visit my Etsy shop.

xo
Bek

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Two Tip Tuesday!

3 Feb

There’s no wrong way

Originally uploaded by CleverIndie

I’m going to start collecting tips and sharing them…Two on Tuesday, ok? Cool. Make sure you get the two tips next Tuesday by subscribing via email!

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I love reusing spools from my chain purchases to hold small things… They are usually wide enough that they are more tip resistant than other containers, which is an important feature for me, what with being less than grace personified and all…

I do quite a bit of work either on a high countertop/bartop where I can stand or sit (mostly stand), or sitting on a softer surface with plenty of back support… Things tend to get flung and knocked over (again, another reason why I hesitate to work with glass and gemstones and if I do I always double the recipe) in either location, this contraption prevents that a bit…

Basically, I packing tape one hole, with a little bit of paper so it’s non stick on the inside of the well… I have, in the past, used double stick tape to tape this to my tray table/lap desk/workbench, but in each location I wound up getting too cocky, started talking with my hands (I’m a passionate hand talker…), and kablammmm! small bits (headpins, ear wires, you name it) everywhere….

And, when working from one of my satellite locations, I like to wind my tape measure around the outer portion… So it’s handy…

Another tip? When Target has silicone baking mats in the dollar section near the entrance I grab a few- they are easily cleaned during messy kid crafts (yet they give kids a colorful background and contrast- very helpful for some kiddos) and they are great when working with things that tend to roll away, a little non-slip grip and cushioning…

OK, that’s all I’ve got for now…

Hugs all around,
xo
bek

Now this is a Heiny folks would grab today…

22 Apr

Happy Earth Day everyone!

I think this idea, if presented today, would be a smash hit… errr…..poor choice of words considering the material, but you know what I mean…

I have to say that if they did this for Diet Coke I could put many folks in new homes…. (it’s my last remaining vice)

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