On the Horizon – 06/14/2011

Horizons Developmental Remediation Center

On the Horizon
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Issue 153: Where is the happy medium?

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In This Issue

A Note from Nicole: Not Wasting any Time

Idea of the Week:  Strawberrry Slush

Feature Article: Where is the Happy Medium?

The Horizons Team Recommends: Parent Success Cards

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A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone,

Our kids have wasted no time getting into summer vacation mode!  On Saturday we went to the lake to visit friends, and the kids had a blast fishing and hanging out by the (cold) water.  They were excited to eat all the blue gills they caught for lunch on Sunday!  Even though my kids enjoy school (most of the time), they are glad to have a break from it.  As a family we definitely enjoy slowing down in the summer and having a more relaxed schedule.  Of course, with summer comes constant requests from the kids to stay up later at night.  After all, who wants to go to sleep when it’s still light out?!

Erin’s feature article this week provides some great insight into setting expectations for our kids.  It can be difficult to know where to set the bar, especially for children with special needs.  She provides some good things to consider when guiding kids to be their best, without overwhelming them.

Enjoy your week!

Looking to the horizon,

Idea of the Week

Strawberry Slush

Taken from page 194 of “The Food Allergy News Cookbook,” from Food Allergy News and Members of The Food Allergy Network.Nice Cool Summer Drink

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 ice cubes

In a blender combine strawberries, orange juice, lemonade concentrate, and water. Cover and blend until mixture is smooth. Add sugar. With the blender running, add ice cubes, one at a time. Scrape down sides with a rubber spatula, if necessary. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Feature Article

ExpectationsExpectations – Where is the happy medium?

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP

How many times have you set yourself up only to be disappointed?  Whether you have set your sights too high or too low, not meeting your expectations can be a real downer.  We all have pictures in our minds of how an event is supposed to turn out; but when it fails to be just how we imagined, we feel let down.

Sometimes the let down comes because we have set our expectations too high, and expected too much.  At other times, we are disappointed because we didn’t aim high enough.  So, how do we find that happy medium that allows us to feel satisfied at least?  

This has been the topic of many conversations with parents over the last few months:  How do we set realistic expectations without disappointing ourselves and frustrating our child?  This can be difficult to determine; but in general if you feel like you are working too hard then chances are an expectation needs adjusting.  The tricky part comes in deciding whether you need to raise or lower the bar.

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