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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Completing the picture

Once Joanna and I were able to bring Jude home, it became apparent that we would need to adjust ways we had previously been able to parent with Peter and Thomas.  Jude, being without sight, would not be able to perceive some of the actions we otherwise take for granted through vision.  For instance, a child begins to recognize Mom and Dad and thus knows who is picking him or her up early on.  Jude won't visually recognize us to know whose arms he's in.

Joanna had an opportunity recently to speak with a social worker from the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, the organization which happens to be the benefactor of the Trolley Run (more on that later).  But, she gave some great tips to help Jude fully understand our family and feel comfortable with our day to day routine.  The term she used was really awesome, I thought.  She said, "complete the picture" for Jude.  When taking a bath with his brothers, say to Jude, "Do you hear your brothers splashing in the water, Jude?  That's part of bath time."  

How great is that?  When we pick him up or pass him from one to the other, we have to be very intentional about telling him what is happening.  A child without sight can become quite scared if, by their perception, they are simply swooped into the air magically and without warning.  Joanna says we need to "cue" Jude to these actions.  These cues will allow for Jude to understand how the world proceeds around him and with him.  "Jude, I'm putting a toy in front of you," for instance.  We don't need him thinking toys appear out of sheer desire!

If you haven't yet, please consider donating to Jude's Trolley Run team: Jude's Dudes. 

St. Jude: Pray for us

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