Kids say the darndest things

One of my favorite things about my job is hearing the funny things of the kids and young adults I support say. This means they may communicate with their body tone (stretching their heads or feet out) , sticking their tounge out, moving their foot, lifting their eyebrows, smiling, swallowing, making whatever sound they can with their voice, moving their eyes up or down and last but not least, tell be in so many words. All these actions involve me or the communicator, to ask yes/no questions so they can answer appropriately.

The guys and gals I support make me laugh all the time, I am laughing right now just thinking about it. They say crazy things, do funny things, laugh at me or sometimes doing nothing is funny too. Here are some quotes that make laugh all the time:

“My hair is too slidy, that’s why I can’t keep my hat on” (Seven year old trying to convince me to take off her her hat off)

“You have to have nine bites because you are nine years old. We have already had four, so five more to go.” I say trying to get more food into a child that eats little. As I am putting the fifth spoonful in, the child who is non-verbal says “nine.”

I ask the adult that am supporting, “do you want to go swimming?” I then lock eyes with the person, waiting for a response. The way this person communicates is by opening their mouth for a “yes.” They don’t answer me, we just stare at each other for about a minute and eventually…burst into laughter from the ridiculous amount of staring going on.

I say to the person who is non-verbal, “First I have to go to the washroom and then we can get going.” I hear a huge sigh and see them go limp in the limbs. “Are you kidding me, now I can’t even use the washroom, ha.”

As I am I getting ready to put my shoes on, the child watching me starts giggling to himself. I ask “what’s so funny?” He looks at me and goes into immediate extension, and streches his body out, with a huge smile on his face. I ask him “Can you see something I can’t?” He looks up to say “yes.” I start patting myself down to his amusement. He then screams loudly while laughing. I know what that means, there is nothing there and he has just pulled the best trick of all. Getting me to look like an idiot for nothing.

“Do I need to leave you alone for a bit so you can go to the washroom.” I ask diplomatically, even at home I want to be respectful. “I am never going to the washroom again.” He shouts with with big smile on his face, his stomach pushing out through his chest strap and his arms to either side as if he were praising the heavens.

There are tons more and they all add to the adventure.


The Summer

What a summer it was. Short version, I have been out-of-town at least twenty-five days out of the summer, I have been on a boat, swam in lakes, pools, fountains and seas, I have taken the YRT surface routes, YRT wheel-Trans, GO bus, driven in others cars, an airplane, a boat, oh, and next week will be taking a VIA train to take a break from it all! That doesn’t even sum it up, there is much more!

Did I mention I was supporting some if the best kids and young adults I have ever met! All of these adventures included a client at my side, the sun (sometimes rain) on our skin and smiles on our faces. In turn, I gave a well needed breaks to dedicated and devoted parents, who got to hear all the fun stories and seen the pictures.

 This summer was somewhat more challenging than the last. I had seven staff working with and for me, not all at the same time, or in the same location as me. My main connection with staff was email, I was away for work a bit and cell phone reception only takes you so far. The best emails of the summer:

 Call my mom and tell her to book wheel-trans… 

Can you book wheel-trans for W?… 

I don’t know when the appointment is, lets hope I’m home in time… 

Can you check on my apartment, I think its lonely… Those were just three-quarters of emails I sent while I was away. Yes there were some important ones too. Mostly the wheel-trans. I worked sixty-five days this summer and called wheel-trans (or booked online) sixty-three. They are in my “Top Ten Friends list” so I can call them for free. They are not my friends, but I call them so frickin’ much, I would spend a fortune. Lets just say I had more wonderful wheel-trans days than not. 

I love my job. This summer was challenging, but I conquered and made sure everyone was okay while doing it. Everything went off with small hitches…it wouldn’t be my life though if there wasn’t a hitch:-P