Madi Moves is happy to be back!
We have had technical difficulties for the past few months which is now resolved and we are ready to share more of Madison’s journey with you – thank you for your patience and for following us on Facebook and Instagram during this time.
We have lots to update you on!
Madison has had a quieter few months with therapy. Her weeks are a bit slower and not jam packed as before, but she continues to work hard with PT, strength training & swimming at Variety Village, PT & OT at Grandview and conductive education at March of Dimes. She also has been enjoying her time at Sparks and skiing with CADS at Brimacombe. Madison has started attending a support group at Grandview through the social work department called “Celebrating Me”. It’s a group for young kids with a physical disability to explore topics like sharing experiences, identifying the people, places & things that make you feel good, learning ways to cope when things get tough, how to advocate for your needs and how to support friends. Her newest skills include walking with one cane and using her canes outdoors on uneven terrain and in unfamiliar environments.
School has been going really well. Madison is reading, writing more and walking independently around her classroom. We have toured the Grade 1 classrooms for next year and have a good idea of who her teacher will be and what her day will look like. The Grade 1 classrooms are located on the second floor which has been the reason for this advance planning. The school has been amazing with ensuring she has everything she needs – a new accessible parking spot by her new entrance and exit door and an elevator and accessible washroom right next to her new classroom. Madison had a glowing report card which also aligned well with her updated IEP.
Jack is now 3! He is enjoying his time with his friends at Jackie’s, participating in his swim and gym classes at Variety Village and most recently, skiing! He’s very into imaginative play at the moment with super heros (mostly Batman) and playing mini sticks and play dough.
The kids were up to lots of fun things the last few months, most recently with March Break. They went to the Lego movie, Aquarium, Bruce’s Mill and Crockadoodle. Madison was chosen as the 2019 designer of the Starlight Charity bear and was invited from her buddy Taylor to the Wishes for Olivia/Make A Wish Foundation Princess Ball BT event. She is also officially invited to the actual Princess Ball coming up in mid April. Madison and Jack had their first official games night, went with the family to a Marlies game and Madison had her first sleepover with Sparks!
We continue to have conversations with Madison about the importance of being involved in her community and always looking for ways to give back and show appreciation. She has so many wonderful organizations that she is a part of weekly that give her so much. We try and help out where we can to give back as a way of saying thank you. Madison’s most recent involvements include a promotional video for Grandview’s new property development, being one of the Variety Village ambassadors for the upcoming Pizza Nova Day and her bear project with Starlight. We love spending time as a family on these special projects.
Wow, that was a lot to get caught up on, and we’re sure some things were missed. Today Madison and Jack went to see their friend Shannon for a much needed massage and then to the CADS end of year potluck lunch at The Abilities Centre. Madison was able to hang out with her friend Taylor and thank all of her volunteers who helped her ski this season. Her and Jack then went to a local nursery to check out the plants and get ideas to solve the very wet backyard situation. Mommy’s 2 week March break is almost at an end – it’s been a blast!