Walk In My Shoes Program

Walk In My Shoes Program

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Hello! I'm writing to rave about this program. We used it at our school in New Jersey for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The children enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal about being better friends with those struggling with disabilities. This program was well organized and planned out. It was extremely easy to set up with all of the recommendations made. I'm very grateful to have learned of this program and to have been able to present it at our school. Thank you!!!!!
After the wonderful program you hosted at my son’s school last week, I immediately thought of you when I saw this just now. Thank you again for coming to Chesterbrook ES!
Walk In My Shoes is an excellent program. I have had the opportunity to participate for the last several years and each time I am amazed by the positive reaction from all the kids. This program shows kids what it feels like to have a different learning styles and abilities; and to be considerate and respectful of others when they respond differently to the challenges of schoolwork. The kids realize that tasks that might seem easy to them can be very difficult for a fellow student that 'sees', 'hears', 'feels', "remembers' and 'does' things differently. This interactive program features hands-on activities and encourages kids to see the world from the viewpoint of others.
Every time I volunteer for this event I leave the school feeling very pleased by the positive responses of all the students. This is a program we should be doing in all of our schools!!
Margaret Behrns has developed a truly excellent program to help children empathize with special children who have special challenges..

We offer fun and interactive activities that teach children ages 4 to 14 about specific disabilities and conditions in a way that enables them to be more empathetic to others in any situation.

Coming soon: Teacher Appreciation Program!

Operating as usual

Photos from Walk In My Shoes Program's post 06/13/2022

Some initial shots from today's great event. Thank you to everyone who helped make today a success.

06/12/2022

Our first Community Event is underway! We’re here until 5! Please join us!

06/12/2022

Here's the program for today's event! We're so excited to have some special vendors with us. Cultural Language Services and Rebecca Greene Author.
It's not too late! Tickets available at tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent

06/12/2022

TODAY'S THE DAY WIMS FAM! We are beyond excited to share Walk In My Shoes with the community! We will be accepting walk-ins as space allows, but strongly recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time! tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent

WIMS has 16 activities but today we are presenting 8, including 3 new ones!

Your kids will learn:
✅About dyslexia and how to be understanding if someone is having a challenging time reading
✅How to help friends with food allergies be safe and included
✅What it is like to be a new student and not understand the language being spoken
✅About Visual Motor Integration and some tips that can help
✅How having super-powered senses can affect our friends and how we can be mini-detectives and figure out what is causing certain behavior.
✅The importance of respecting people's names and labels.
✅The importance of ramps and accessible buildings.
✅How to make classroom parties more accessible to kids with food allergies.

[Image Description: Blue text on a White background: 3 DAYS TO GO! PRESENTING! FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER: A Community Walk In My Shoes Event! June 12th from 3-5 pm. $10 per CHILD. Adults free. For Children ages 4-14 at Open Door Church in Herndon. Adults are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Children will experience fun activities that motivate and empower them to be more inclusive of others. Tickets at tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent
ENTER TO WIN CHILDREN'S BOOKS AT THE EVENT! www.walkinmyshoesprogram.org
WALK IN MY SHOES logo and QR code for tickets.]

06/11/2022

TOMORROW'S THE BIG DAY! Looking for a fun, interactive activity for the kids? The forecast is calling for rain, so we're the perfect indoor activity. We still have tickets! Join us!
tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent

06/11/2022

We are so grateful for Open Door Presbyterian Church for hosting us for our first Walk In My Shoes Community Event! Thanks to their generosity, we're able to offer this event! As many of you know, it's a challenge to find space for an event, even if you're a non-profit! So we are very appreciative for their support!
Only 1 day to go! We still have some spots left for our event this Sunday! You can sign up at tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent
Hope to see you there!

06/10/2022

We are working hard to get this event ready for you! This event is designed for kids ages 4 to 14 and school staff/observers. See you at the Open Door Presbyterian Church in Herndon this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Register at tinyurl.com/walkinmyshoesevent

06/09/2022

JUST 3 MORE DAYS UNTIL OUR FIRST EVER COMMUNITY EVENT!!! Can you tell we're getting excited?? Be part of WIMS' history!
We still have space available! Please join us. tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent



[Image Description: Blue text on a White background: 3 DAYS TO GO! PRESENTING! FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER: A Community Walk In My Shoes Event! June 12th from 3-5 pm. $10 per CHILD. Adults free. For Children ages 4-14 at Open Door Church in Herndon. Adults are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Children will experience fun activities that motivate and empower them to be more inclusive of others. Tickets at tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent
ENTER TO WIN CHILDREN'S BOOKS AT THE EVENT! www.walkinmyshoesprogram.org
WALK IN MY SHOES logo and QR code for tickets.

06/08/2022

Thank you, Faithmummy , for sharing your insights with others. Having a child with medical, developmental, or other challenges changes everything about who you are and how you maneuver the world. The more others know and understand, the better they will be able to support parents in challenging situations.

Why I am unreliable as a special needs mum

16 years ago I applied for a job. One of the questions was a personal statement and I filled it in stating I was honest, hand working and reliable. At that point all three of those were true. While the first two are still accurate 16 years later the last one is anything but.

I let people down.
I cancel at the last minute.
I can’t commit to anything.
I am unreliable.

Those are things that I have had to come to terms with especially since having two children with additional needs.

As I once again email somewhere to cancel something I wanted to do but now can’t here are a few of the reasons why I, and so many others like me, often have to cancel, rearrange or let people down at the last minute.

1. School for my children isn’t a guarantee.
There’s often refusal to go, or a child only on a part-time timetable or calls to pick up a child. I’m not talking once in a blue moon either…this is daily life.

2. Health and calmness isn’t a guarantee.
When my children are anxious self harm, aggression, challenging behaviour, panic attacks, lack of sleep or crying are all common. Seizures, high temperatures, headaches and pain are also common. When any of these happen I have to be with my children regardless what other arrangements I might have made.

3. I am exhausted.
Lack of sleep, constant round the clock care, calming a child after another meltdown, hours of searching for the only food they will eat, endless meetings and chasing up things and so on. There just isn’t enough of me to go around and by the time dinner times comes I am done.

I hate being unreliable. I hate letting people down. I can’t go to weddings, christenings, parties, meals out or picnics. It’s not because I don’t want to it’s just that being a mum to two children with additional support needs means these things are too much for my children and therefore I can’t come. There’s no such thing as a babysitter and even if there was the anxiety this would cause wouldn’t even be worth it.

Saying no to things hasn’t been easy but the reality is it is better to realise I won’t make something than cancel again at the last minute.

It’s isolating but my children are my priority and always will be.

I’m unreliable to you because I have to be reliable to them…forever.

If someone doesn’t understand that there’s nothing more I can do.

Walk In My Shoes Community Event!!! 06/06/2022

Walk In My Shoes Community Event!!!

We're just one week away from our first ever Walk In My Shoes Community Event! for children ages 4 to 14! We will offer fun activities that motivate and empower children to be inclusive of everyone.

Please join us on June 12th from 3-5 pm. Tickets are $10 per child. Adults are free and must accompany their children.



[Image Description: Blue text on a White background: PRESENTING! FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER: A Community Walk In My Shoes Event! June 12th from 3-5 pm. $10 per CHILD. Adults free. For Children ages 4-14 at Open Door Church in Herndon. Adults are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Children will experience fun activities that motivate and empower them to be more inclusive of others. Tickets at tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent
ENTER TO WIN CHILDREN'S BOOKS AT THE EVENT! www.walkinmyshoesprogram.org
WALK IN MY SHOES logo and QR code for tickets.]

Walk In My Shoes Community Event!!! Through fun activities, children will learn about disabilities, empathy and inclusion, and the importance of an accessible world!

06/04/2022

We are so proud of Jordan from Fighting for my Voice: My life with Verbal Apraxia for everything he does to help kids learn about each other and increase acceptance and inclusion in school and community settings! Thank you, Jordan!



The other day, I read out loud to an entire school. I read my first book, The Boy Who Couldn’t Speak Yet. I told the kids that everybody is different in some way. Some of us have different color hair, wear different clothes, and the various possibilities of all our uniqueness are endless. At the end of my talk, I saw all the kids from the school district stand up and clap for me. I had the principal reach out to give his thanks. It’s odd timing because my third book talks about the first time I ever read in front of a class. The very first time, I was so proud. Although kids were giving me faces and laughing, it didn’t matter because I for once found some confidence in myself. And that little boy, Jordan, still shines through at the end of the day. I believe we all go through different things in our lives, and the ability to turn my challenges with adversity due to people’s ignorance of my speech disorder is beautiful. It’s the greatest gift I could’ve asked for. Writing is beautiful. Advocacy is beautiful. Diversity is beautiful. And it’s time we celebrate it. 💙☀️📚
Thank you. I love you. I also can’t wait for you guys to see the cover soon of the third book— The Boy Who Spoke Even When His Voice Shook. A reminder that even when your voice shakes, you are not and will never be a mistake. 🥰
Love,
Jordan Christian 💙

06/03/2022

So exciting to be out and about and run across one of our yard signs! Don't forget to sign up at tinyurl.com/walkinmyshoesevent



06/03/2022

LAST DAY FOR EARLY BIRD TICKETS! Join us for our FIRST EVER Walk In My Shoes Community Event! June 12th from 3-5 pm. Children will participate in interactive stations which help them build their empathy "muscle" and learn about various challenges children are facing.
Tickets available at tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent



[Image Description: Blue text on a White background: EARLY BIRD ENDS TODAY! PRESENTING! FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER: A Community Walk In My Shoes Event! June 12th from 3-5 pm. $10 per CHILD, EARLY BIRD $8 EXTENDED UNTIL 6/3. For Children ages 4-14 at Open Door Church in Herndon. Adults are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Children will experience fun activities that motivate and empower them to be more inclusive of others. Tickets at tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent
ENTER TO WIN CHILDREN'S BOOKS AT THE EVENT! www.walkinmyshoesprogram.org
WALK IN MY SHOES logo and QR code for tickets.]

06/02/2022

Everyone wants to feel included!

06/02/2022

Thank you to ADHD College Success Guidance Program for being a friend of our program and supporting our event!

ADHD College Success is a uniquely integrated program of College Readiness & Success Training. They offer workshops (https://www.adhdcollegesuccess.com/workshops/), academic and life coaching, and mental health and career counseling for high school and college Students With ADHD.

Their staff members are drawn from the fields of psychology, counseling, education, business, communications, and information technology, but more importantly, all of their staff bring an understanding and empathy based upon personal experiences with ADHD. Each of them has taught or counseled young people with ADHD, raised ADHD children, or personally struggled successfully with ADHD in school and work.

To learn more, visit: https://www.adhdcollegesuccess.com/



06/01/2022

We've extended the early bird deadline to 6/3!!! You still have time to register for our Walk In My Shoes Community Event! on Sunday, June 12th and receive a $2 discount per ticket! Children are $8 and adults are free but must accompany their children.


[ID: PRESENTING! FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER: A Community Walk In My Shoes Event! June 12th from 3-5 pm. $10 per CHILD, EARLY BIRD $8 EXTENDED UNTIL 5/31. For Children ages 4-14 at Open Door Church in Herndon. Adults are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Children will experience fun activities that motivate and empower them to be more inclusive of others. Tickets at tinyurl.com/WalkInMyShoesEvent
ENTER TO WIN CHILDREN'S BOOKS AT THE EVENT! www.walkinmyshoesprogram.org
WALK IN MY SHOES logo and QR code for tickets.]

06/01/2022

Did you know that IQ is not set in stone? That processing speed, attention, multitasking, visual memory, and other cognitive skills can be trained? Let's hear it for Walk In My Shoes Supporter LearningRx Reston!

Their one-on-one approach to cognitive training makes it easy to find the right type of brain training for you or your child! LearningRx offers cognition training for a wide range of learning and thinking skills, with online and in-person training options. They design a one-of-a-kind training plan for every learner, with plans available for kids, teens, adults, and individuals with learning differences.

Having worked at the Reston LearningRx for several years, I can tell you the incredible gains I witnessed in so many of the children and adults at the center. For more information, check out:
https://www.learningrx.com/reston/cognitive-training/

Walk In My Shoes

WIMS is an interactive empathy-building program featuring activities designed to teach children what it is like to have medical or developmental challenges such as:


  • ADHD

  • Color Vision Deficiency

  • Communication/Speech Delay
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