Thursday, October 30, 2014

Goodnight Moon, Special Needs Edition

Goodnight room
Goodnight moon
Goodnight cow with walker jumping over the moon 
Goodnight accessible-switch light
And the red balloon
And the $19 big-handled spoon
And the potential new O.T. who promised to call soon

Goodnight straw honey bear
Goodnight adaptive seating chair
Goodnight noise-reducing headphones
Goodnight keyboard he likes to bang on...groan
Goodnight kittens
And goodnight ill-fitting mittens

Goodnight clocks
Goodnight extra-long foot brace socks
Goodnight sensory-friendly bite blocks
Goodnight EpiPen
Goodnight laundry pile (times ten)
Goodnight to his BFF, the TV
And goodnight to the picture he colored and signed—squee!

Goodnight DAFOs
Goodnight forms for HMOs
Goodnight overpriced enabling toy
Goodnight therapeutic exercises I skipped, oy
Goodnight meds
Goodnight depressing special needs guides we should shred
Goodnight big blue exercise ball
And goodnight living room where we first saw him crawl

Goodnight comb
Goodnight brush handle made more graspable with foam
Goodnight toothpaste (eeep, did he swallow it?!)
Goodnight shirt tag that made him pitch a fit
Goodnight IEP
Goodnight foods that are gluten-free
And goodnight fire truck/car wash/purple/spaghetti obsession, OMG

Goodnight storyboard
Goodnight chunky crayons that I hoard
Goodnight 300 sippy cups I bought to help him drink independently but none work
Goodnight gloomy doctor who told us he'd never walk or talk—jerk!
Goodnight heavy-duty bibs
And the Easy Reader books I love (OK, that's a fib) 
Goodnight starch-thickened mush
And goodnight to the old lady
Who used a communication app to whisper "hush" 

Goodnight stars
Goodnight kicking the chair
Goodnight saintly therapists and teachers everywhere

Requisite disclaimer: This book doesn't actually exist, but it's all real