Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cool Neavey Stuff Part III

is Neavey's new special needs swing and swing frame. This is one of the first times she spent much time in it. She seems to enjoy it even more now. We have developed a slightly better system for wedging her in since this video was taken. Currently we add a bolster under her knees and a few rolled up towels around her shoulders to keep her body in better alignment.

The swing and frame come from an adaptive equipment company called Abilitations. Our super home repair and contractor extraordinaire, Mark Sportell, went beyond the call of duty (as usual) with the installation of this swing contraption. The frame itself can hold up to 2 swings for wheelchairs (which, obviously, is not the kind of swing we got for Neavey). And, Mark has made sure the frame won't fly off during the next hurricane. It is secured into the ground with about 200 lbs of cement. We have installed the hammock swing designed for those with poor body control and a regular swing for those with good body control. Always thinking of Neavey's comfort and safety, Mark also thought to wrap the chains of the hammock swing with 3/4 inch pipe insallation.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Cool Neavey Stuff Part II

Neavey's Uncle Brian discovered this funky star laser show for Neavey while researching a Christmas wish I had made on Neavey's behalf.
We know that Neavey seems to enjoy toys that light up and she likes to look at the Christmas tree as it twinkles through the month of December. But since I refuse to leave a Christmas tree up until Easter, Neavey only gets one month of twinkling.

Thanks to Uncle Brian and his family, Neavey can now enjoy twinkliness year round.
It's not exactly twinkly, it's BETTER! With this Laser Star show we can transform any room into a star-filled universe. Two built-in precision glass lenses, plus a green laser and holographic technology create thousands of stars that slowly move across the room. A cool "nebula" cloud feature can be dialed in as well. That is how we get the blue effect above.

Neavey tracks the little green "stars" or dots as they move across her field of vision. It's so totally cool that I took it to her school to show the teacher of Neavey's Mentally Imparied classroom... Her teacher was bidding on it through eBay within hours. Neavey now has one at school as well!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Cool Neavey Stuff- Part 1

This funky inflatable rocker is not your Barbie's blow up furniture of the seventies. This is your super duper special needs variety, SensaRock. Yes the balls in the side runners move and make noise! AWESOME! It came as as a gift from my parents as part of Neavey's Christmas installment (more cool stuff to see in future posts). Alas, this answers the age of old question, "Is Neavey my over grown doll?" Answer: A Clue, YES! And the other question...is that your Christmas tree? in March? Why yes, it is the coolest Christmas tree ever, but it came down promptly on January 1st.
Thus, it was not a "MILLNER" tree that might stay up until oh, what was it? April?
SensaRock is great for kids with sensory processing disorders and large motor deficiencies.