My Name is Sarah

MY NAME IS SARAH. I am a quilt designer and the sewcial director of Sarah's Sewcial Lounge. I also have a business called Down Right Charming. I sell my quilts mostly on etsy and I make pillowcases to donate to patients in the hospital in memory of my friend Kristen Kirton. I am a young adult living with Down syndrome. I hope you enjoy reading about my life journey.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Miss Independent

A report from mom: Since the beginning of the school year, Sarah's bus has been picking her up at 11:10 to take her to the job training program she is in. This late time certainly allows for a leisurely morning, although it has meant that I have been missing all early morning meetings I should attend.

For many years, I have been on the Pupil Services Advisory Committee for our school district. Pupil Services oversees all activities related to students on IEP's. My attendance is reflected in the minutes reported to the School Board, therefore I do not like to miss.

So I decided to try something new. I left Sarah alone at home and at 10:00 I dismissed myself from the meeting and called her on her cell phone to get up. At the close of the meeting at 10:20 I called again to remind her to get dressed. I then rushed home to help with one of the few things she cannot do on her own, brushing her teeth.

When I rounded the corner to our stair case, I heard a familiar noise..

...the electric toothbrush!!! I grabbed the camera. When I walked into the bathroom there was Sarah fully dressed (including an added sweatshirt she picked on her own due to the frigid temperatures), brushing her teeth with her right hand and holding a wash cloth under her chin with her left hand just like I do.

I think I've been duped. When I said, "Girlfriend, look at you!!!" She just smiled with a big cheesy grin as if to say "gotcha." I'm on to her now. I think I'm going to have to find more reasons to be out of the house in the morning now. Next we will work on getting her out to the bus by herself. I think we are very close to being Miss Independent.


Rochelle said...

That is great Sarah! So good to see you so independent. Keep up the great work!

ABandCsMom said...

Love the newly acquired independence! Good job Sarah!

Heidi said...

Way to go Sarah!!

Leah said...

Way to go Sarah!

And mom! Good for you for taking the leap of faith! I think it happens a lot that our kids are more capable than we give them credit for! I usually discover this when Angela has been in someone else's care and they've let her do something on her own that I normally help her with. LOL The biggest one for us is showering. It's just EASIER if I help her, so I KNOW she has all the shampoo rinsed out, etc. Then her behavior specialist started working with her in the morning, and she's like, "Leah, didn't your boys sometimes leave shampoo in their hair at this age? It's perfectly normal! She has to make mistakes in order to learn how to do it the right way." Ok...that makes sense. With the toothbrush, Angela has an Oral-B electric too. All she has to do is get it in the right place and the toothbrush does the work .We have a deal that she does it herself in the morning (and Angela has braces!) and I get to help at night so it's done more thoroughly and I can floss around her braces. We're also working on being home alone for a few minutes after school each day. It's tough to take that leap! But, we established a routine of what to do when she comes home, and now she's been alone as long as an hour (by accident because we got stuck in a snow storm!)

Mel said...

I love that! What a character, and what great initiative Sarah!

Perplexing Situation said...

that is hilarious! how many times do kids get away with us doing something for them that they are completely capable of doing themselves. how funny!

Karen said...

That is awesome! So what else have you been hiding from you mom?

Anonymous said...

Oh that foxy Girl! Miss Independence and Mrs Independence.

sheree said...

wow! Way to go, Sarah. That is so exciting!