Monday, November 2, 2009

Crafty Corner with Miss Priss

Miss Priss is a high energy child. I've never talked about this on my blog because i've always been afraid to talk about it and didn't want people giving me a hard time, but there are tons of signs and symptoms so I decided to say a little bit about it.{Please no judgments or opinions.} I'm considering having her evaluated for ADHD and OCD. She is very difficult to control. She does not like to look you in the eyes if you're talking and discussing things with her and she has trouble concentrating for longer than a few seconds. There are many many other things that i'll go into at a later time. The one thing that does keep her attention is crafts. She loves them! She could literally sit in a chair and do craft type things for hours, especially painting.

Last Wednesday, after I picked Miss Priss up from Mother's Day Out, she didn't want to nap. So we pulled out the Home depot apron, some paint and little wooden crafts. She sat there and painted her little Halloween cat and star all by herself and did a wonderful job.
Another super FUN craft! I found a Princess Craft book at Hastings on sale for $4! It has a ton of different ideas in it. We chose the Princess Wand.
What you need

  • Wooden Dowel
  • Aluminum foil, a bit longer than the dowel
  • Piece construction paper
  • Piece of tissue paper
  • Curly ribbons
  • Scissors and glue

MP helping press the tissue paper onto the construction paper.The finished product. SO cute!! She loves it.It looks a lot prettier in person. I couldn't get a good picture of it.

How to make it:

  • Wrap the aluminum foil around the dowel. Twist the ends and fold them down.
  • Cut a circile or heart shape out of construction paper.
  • Cut tissue paper to match your shape, then glue on top.
  • Tape the back of the shape to the aluminum covered dowel
  • Tie your ribbons around the wand.

Ta Da!! That's all there is to it!

6 comments:

Cori Lynn November 2, 2009 at 4:48 PM  

Elijah, our 5 year old, has that exact same problem!! He will not look at you in the eyes..he is getting bad grades/marks at school because he talks/acts up. We are not sure what to do either! Glad to know we are not alone!

Those crafts are precious!

Nichole November 2, 2009 at 9:58 PM  

Not passing judgement, but things to consider if you're going to get MP tested for ADHD - get her eyes and hearing tested first, rule those out as potential problems. If you do choose to get her tested, find a specialist - pediatricians are NOT specialists, and are often at the root of the over diagnosis problem. Lastly, if she tests positive and the meds aren't working, do not let anyone up your child's dose. ADHD (although counter intuitive) is actually due to a slowing of neurological signals in the brain, causing the inability to focus. A mountain dew and snickers bar should help an unmedicated child, as the caffeine speeds up the neurons in the brain. It has been proven (again, by specialists, not pediatricians) that in children especially, the minimum dose is more than sufficient in ALL children, and when it fails, discontinue meds, do not increase. Also note that most specialists do not test a child until they are at least 7, as ADHD is very difficult to accurately diagnose in the younger child. I understand if you do not want to make this post public, but I just want to pass the info along to you!

Molly November 2, 2009 at 11:44 PM  

Cute pics!

I think you are doing the perfect thing by finding something that she loves and keeps her attention. You're a good mama!

Steph November 3, 2009 at 1:54 PM  

Kaycee...you described Konnor to a TEE...Part of me thinks its the age, but then there is that part that worries too...He too will sit forever and color, paing, cut or playdough. Glad she is the same way, it really gives ya a break, huh!! I think I get just as excited to get konnor a new coloring book as he does!! LOL the pics are adorable and I love her DRESS!!!

Deborah November 3, 2009 at 3:57 PM  

Kaycee, just like with Care Bear don't let anyone keep you from doing what you know is best for your child.

My oldest is ADHD and we've been treated so horrible--even by the church we went to. Even with meds it's a struggle (not to mention the guilt you can feel) BUT my little "couldn't sit still for 60 seconds" boy just got all A's on his 2nd grade report card. It took awhile and 2 yrs in Kinder, but I really believe my Sean will do great things for the world. Right now he can't do it without some help.

Casey November 4, 2009 at 10:55 PM  

no judgment here. Let me say this though. If you have any suspicion of OCD please take her to a psychologist and get her evaluated. OCD is a hard thing to overcome and the younger you start therapy to change the bad habits the better. Once you become older it is next to impossible to overcome. My 4 year old has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder(so has my 2 1/2 year old) and OCD. DOn't be afraid to seek help

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