Throughout the year Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region receives gifts. These are meaningful and help clients reach their goal of maximum independence. They can be physical gifts such as the opening of the Autism Diagnostic Clinic or our new Lite Gait which was made possible by St. Charles North High School. Let’s also remember the running club that trained four kids from our center to run our 5K Run for the Kids in May. Let’s not forget about the Annual Benefit Gala! We received so many gifts from our generous donors that regal night!
My favorite gifts are from the volunteers. They help us, and our clients give them something special in return. ESDFVR started a class for boys who use assistive augmentative communication devices, and Sam Williams, the director of this group, needed a helping hand. One of our regular volunteers wanted to branch out and try working with individuals who use devices to communicate. She was hesitant at first because she had never worked with individuals who used technology to communicate. However, after a couple classes, she felt comfortable and now looks forward to it every week!
Last, but certainly not least, is our dedicated staff. Cassandra Salinas, the volunteer manager sums up everything Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region does throughout the year when she states, “I am thankful to be able to come to work each day and see “firsts” happen or even “miracles” that were never supposed to happen. I am thankful to be surrounded by people who make this happen! I consider these a gift”.
I am honored and consider it a privilege to be able to write for this organization. I look forward to writing for you in 2013, but this is it for 2012. Merry Christmas, happy holidays, may you have a grand new year!
Santa Claus is coming to town! Well, he is actually coming to Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region. This will happen on Thursday, December 13th. He will be here from 3:00-4:00 in the Service Master Conference room for the wonderful children of our center.
Santa will be extra sensitive to all types of disabilities when he comes to ESDFVR. He understands our boys and girls are sensitive to the sights and sounds of a busy mall or may need to warm up to Santa before meeting him. Also, Santa understands that it is very hard to wait in lines due to certain disabilities so he is making sure the children of ESDFVR do not have to wait.
Clients are welcome to bring siblings. Mom and Dad…have your camera ready!
We have all seen those classic Santa photos-the one where the child looks scared to death. Santa Claus is scary to children because his face is hidden by his beard. Since children rely on nonverbal behavior, they can get scared of Santa Claus because of his appearance. Here are some tips for making your child’s experience a pleasurable one.
- Show them pictures of Santa before and parents should get excited. If they know what Santa looks like, they will feel a little more prepared.
- For infants and toddlers, parents should hold them, or sit with them. This way they have the comfort of knowing someone who loves them is with them.
- If you have to get that picture with a toddler or infant, face the toddler away from Santa. If the toddler is watching you or the crowd, he or she might be distracted enough to get a good picture in.
- If your child is expressing fear, you may want to express empathy. You can do this by pointing out that all the other kids in line are nervous.
- In general, do not do it when your child is hungry or tired. That will simply add to the stress.
Above all, have fun with your kids. The holidays are all about making wonderful memories that last a lifetime!