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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:35 pm 
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BP ages out of Early Intervention next month (sobs).
our OT has been the most amazing person to come into our life and give me the gift of sanity. i literally could spend days going on and on what an amazing influence she has been on not only BP's life but really mine. she has gone above and beyond what i expected of a person to do in her position.

then some of the other EI people have also been really helpful (literally every person we have dealt with has been amazing.) the two other women at the Food Explorers playgroup have been great. the social worker there really took a special interest in Charlotte and trying to help her transition to having me not in the room during group which was SO HARD for her. the SW would literally sit next to Charlotte at the table with her arm around her comforting her when she needed it. the speech language therapist who does the food portion of the playgroup also was great. everytime i mentioned something even if it was small and in passing i would notice her working on whatever i was talking about (whether it was getting BP to drink water during the food part because of her teeth or working on her issue of getting her "yous" and "I" backwards....etc).

i dont know what to do to thank these people.

here are my ideas

for the OT i was going to get her a $100 gift certificate to a localish restaurant group (in a bigger city about 20 mins from here). you can use the g.c. at one of three restaurants they are all pretty nice. one is Italian, one is a steakhouse, and one is seafood. i was also going to see if i can convince charlotte to draw her a picture and i will write her a heartfelt thank you note.

for the social worker and special language pathologist i was thinking just a thank you note and a drawing.

i was also going to email the director of the program and express how happy i was with the services and the specific people and ask if there was anyone at the dept of education i could email to let them know how valuable the Early Intervention program is (because i believe it is state funded).

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 Post subject: Re: gift for a special teacher/caregiver
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:23 pm 
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Sounds perfect to me. Especially sending a letter to the supervisor. The restaurant gift card sounds awesome although if you are looking for alternatives most people like, consider Starbucks or book store (Barnes and Noble, Amazon).


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 Post subject: Re: gift for a special teacher/caregiver
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:46 pm 
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If they're state employees there might be some laws about accepting gifts--like an amount it needs to be under or something--so you might want to check and make sure it's within guidelines.

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I remember this feeling so vividly! Our OT was a lifesaver as well, I seriously can't believe how much she & his SLP changed Silas' life. So lucky we found them. I know you'll miss yours!!

When Silas graduated from them, I made them each a cross stitch and glued his picture on the back with a note from him and they both cried! We still see his OT around town sometimes and she says she kept it near her mirror and sees it every morning.

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 Post subject: Re: gift for a special teacher/caregiver
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:27 am 
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the thing i totally forgot about while i was posting that is that our OT is taking time off after BP ages out to have some sort of surgery (she didnt specify what kind)
she said she delayed having surgery til Charlotte ages out because she wanted to see her all the way through (see again my comment about going above and beyond what i ever expected). so im thinking maybe an amazon gift card might be more appropriate then she can get books or whatever to have while she's recovering.

ill definitely have to get a picture of Charlotte for her! i hadnt thought of that yet!

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 Post subject: Re: gift for a special teacher/caregiver
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amazon gift cards are always a winner! Add a sweet note and it's a perfect gift.

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 Post subject: Re: gift for a special teacher/caregiver
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I agree an Amazon giftcard is a good idea. That way she can get something for herself or get something for her bag of tricks. Our developmental specialist had mentioned at one visit how a certain toy or item had been purchased for her by one of her former "kids" and I thought that was very special. They always like to get new toys and gadgets and probably don't get much if any budget for it!


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