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Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit! We hope to share with you our journey of raising a child with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. If this is your first time here, please start by reading Caitlyn's Story. It will share the beginning of her life with you. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Modifications around our house...

Several months back Caitlyn noticed that her "average height" friends could turn on the light switchs all by themselves. She tried moving one of her stools over but still couldn't reach. I did some research online trying to find one that would reach far enough down - there was nothing out there. So I posted a question to my LPA friends on MySpace and had a mother message me back. Here is what she sent me:

"If you're particularly handy, you can even cobble one up yourself using a wooden dowel and some electrical shrink tubing, both of which you can find at your nearest hardware store. You can also use one of those plastic rods that control the slats of any standard mini-blind unit. All you have to do is find shrink tubing that's just big enough to fit over both your rod and the light switch. Fit the two pieces together and then apply heat with a hair dryer until the tubing is tight and the rod secure. Easy as pie. A complete home improvement project, done and finished in under two minutes--doesn't get better than that."


Here is the link to the website she found it on:
http://www.shakhammer.com/2007/04/light_switch_ex.html


Our newest piece of furniture is a step stool for the bathroom so Caty can get up to the sink and wash her hands and brush her teeth all by herself. Well about 75% by herself - we still keep an eye on her as she likes to also use the cabinet door to boost herself up to reach the faucet. We found this step stool (it's actually called the Pup Step Plus) at Bed Bath and Beyond. It's made her a little more independent.












My dad, being the handyman that he is built Caty a step stool for getting onto the couch. She's had this particular one since she was maybe 1 and half. She just literally flies up the stool to the couch. She calls it "Papa's stool"

7 comments:

Jennifer said...

Very cool! Owen will need adaptations at grandma and grandpa's house too. I'll have to keep these things in mind.

Kim said...

I love it! I love the bathroom stool! I have seen the other pics from POLP, but I really have taken a liking to that new stool! I love her happy smile beaming from the top of it!

TheFiveDays said...

I love her purple star switch-grabber! :) It is so cute!

Sarah and Matt said...

Very cute pictures and great ideas. Matt wants to start making the light switch things for Kaela (even though she can't even sit on her own yet) I guess it's never too soon to start :) That stool is great. It looks like the steps are closer together too so that it's easier for their little legs to step up.

Catie said...

What great ideas! I have not really given thought to "switch-grabbers". However, that is a great idea, I am sure my Hannah would love something like that!

Katie said...

I finally bought the stair steps a month or so ago and it's perfect for Cole. Now i just need to make the light switch extender. Thanks for sharing your awesome tips!

Anonymous said...

I watch a 2 1/2 year old who has achondroplasia. She is potty trained, but still has difficulty pulling down and up her pants. We are trying to figure out a way for her to eventually go potty by herself. But the toilet is way too high for her and I'm afraid she'd end up falling using a step stool. We've used a potty chair, but she now insists on using the big toilet! Any ideas?

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