What Inventions Do You Dream Of For Your Child With Special Needs?
My son, Max, wears purple bandanas all the time. It’s not so much a fashion statement (although he loves purple) but a necessity: he tends to drool because of the cerebral palsy. Max doesn’t mind the drool at all, and I only do when I overhear a little kid saying “Eewwwww, he’s drooling!” I’ve been known to respond, “It’s just water, and it won’t hurt you. Hey, I drool in my sleep!”
The drool does, however, pose some practical problems: Max’s shirts end up sopping wet. We’ve tried having him wear terrycloth wristbands to wipe his mouth but he usually forgets. Bibs are the most realistic solutin except I’ve never found super-abosrbent ones in stores—or ones that aren’t for babies. Max is 9, and he sure doesn’t want to be walking around in a Baby Mickey bib.
Because I am domestically-challenged, I actually paid a local seamstress to sew these bibs for Max. They’re made of of two bandanas with a double layer of cotton batting in between. Even then they typically end up drenched within a few hours and we go through a bunch in a day. I’m about to have more of them made up.
What I really wish for is a shirt made of water-deflecting fabric or a super-sonic bib that absorbs water but doesn’t end up sopping wet. Those are on top of my practical wish list. Tops on my fantasy wish list: A device that would read Max’s mind. Boy, would I love to know all the stuff that’s going on in there.
What sort of special needs inventions do you wish for?
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