What is WRAP? And What You Need To Know About It!

February 5, 2015

WRAP, which stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan, is a system developed and successfully used by people with a broad range of physical and emotional challenges.

Wellness Recovery Action Plans

Individuals who use the WRAP system learn how to implement self-help skills and to monitor how they feel. This in turn enables them to take control, stay well, and most importantly, improve their quality of life.

Why is WRAP Important?

A personalized WRAP program helps teach an individual how to keep track of difficult feelings and behaviors. Once these feelings and behaviors are recognized, WRAP helps empower the individual to know when, and what, action might need to be taken to achieve a better overall feeling.

Upon execution, a well defined, individualized WRAP helps you to:

  • Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors
  • Increase personal empowerment
  • Improve quality of life
  • Achieve one’s life goals and dreams

A better understanding of how you feel is instrumental in letting others know when you are not feeling well, which is an integral component to ensuring family and friends better understand you. WRAP can also help you achieve the ultimate goal – to improve your overall enjoyment of life.

How WRAP Works

With the guidance of WRAP certified facilitators, WRAP workshop attendees will develop personalized WRAP plans that best fit their unique needs. An individualized WRAP might include the following components:

  • WRAP ToolboxWellness Toolbox
  • Daily Maintenance Plan
  • Triggers and an Action Plan
  • Early Warning Signs and an Action Plan
  • When Things Are Breaking Down Action Plan
  • Crisis Plan
  • Post Crisis Plan

Most importantly, WRAP is developed by you – for you! You choose who will assist and support you, from family, to friends, to health care providers. WRAP is most effective when utilized and followed by the individual for whom it was intended, and can be instrumental in helping you achieve your best quality of life.

Anyone can develop a personalized WRAP to address a wide range of life issues, including emotional challenges, chronic illness, weight loss, or caring for an elderly family members.

DE Family Voices Offers WRAP Workshops

Delaware Family Voices will be hosting WRAP workshops through-out 2015. These two day workshops will be presented by Wanda Ford, our very own certified WRAP facilitator. Through Wanda’s guidance and assistance, attendees of these ground-breaking workshops will learn how to create their own personalized WRAP programs.

WRAP For Life Book

Begin taking control of your life! Attend one of our  WRAP workshops and learn how to develop your own WRAP, and to live the life you want to live. Contact Wanda Ford at 302-669-3034 or sfn@defv.org for additional information as well as the current WRAP workshop schedule.

NOTE: WRAP is a systemic concept designed to compliment other therapies. It is not designed to replace them. Read more about WRAP at MentalHealthRecovery.com.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Differently Abled Kids

November 20, 2012

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Black Friday is right around the corner, and before you know it, it’ll be December. Have you started your Holiday shopping yet? Do you have someone on your shopping list that might be differently abled?

Shopping for a special child, one who is differently abled, can sometimes be a challenge. How do you identify just the right gift? How do you know that toy will meet the child’s special needs?

Perhaps one of these toy guides can help. Each guide is a treasure trove of gift ideas for children who are differently abled, and can help you shop with confidence for a special toy for that special someone.

Toys-R-Us

Toys-R-Us has put together a very comprehensive Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids that can help guide you to that perfect gift for your someone special.

The Toys-R-Us toy guide helps pinpoint toys to enhance a specific developmental skill. Sort toys within each skill set by age, gender, brand, character theme, and price. Searchable developmental skill categories include – Auditory SkillsCreativity SkillsFine Motor SkillsGross Motor SkillsLanguage SkillsSelf Esteem SkillsSocial Skills SkillsTactile SkillsThinking Skills, and Visual Skills.

Fat Brain Toys

The Fat Brain Toys for Special Needs Children is chock full of gift ideas, including exclusive listings of toys recommended by industry experts.

Not only does Fat Brain provide suggestions by specific diagnosis (brain injury, autism, dyslexia), it also breaks toys down by specific developmental goals (auditory comprehension, writing skills). It’s a veritable A to Z list of toy ideas for special needs. Need a few more gift ideas? Check out Fat Brain’s Awarding Winning Toys list.

Save with these three special offers for Fat Brain shoppers:

  • Free standard shipping on orders over $99.
  • Use Coupon Code NG-7857 to receive an additional 10% off your order, now through the end of November.
  • Register for a $250 give-away now through December 14th.

Beyond Play

Beyond Play offers an extensive selection of products for infants, toddlers, and children in the early elementary grades. Find gift ideas for kids of differing abilities, including fun and educational games as well as specialized products for early intervention and special needs. Find just the right gift with Beyond Play’s different search options, where you can search by key word, by category, or by product feature to find exactly what you want.

Beyond Play works with a team of consultants who are experienced in child development and special needs. Know that you have the insight and experience of childhood development specialists guiding your gift selection.

Fun And Function

Fun and Function‘s mission is to help children achieve their best with skill building toys and therapy equipment for special needs. Find a wide range of toys and products to enhance a wide range of developmental skills.

National Autism Resources

Looking for gift ideas for that someone special who has autism? Check out the Toy and Gift guide for Children and Teens with Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD-NOS, from National Autism Resources.

Parenting.com

Parenting.com has ten inspiring recommendations of fun stuff for kids with Down Syndrome, autism, juvenile arthritis, cerebral palsy and sensory integration. Check out their 10 Toys Great for Kids with Special Needs.

Are you shopping for a differently abled child? Do you have any tips or recommendations you’d like to share? Let us know  in the Comments section below.


Five Tips For A Healthy Back to School

September 18, 2012

It’s that time of year again – time to send the kids back to school. To help smooth the transition, here are five tips that will help your kids start school off on the right foot, and help them stay that way throughout the school year. It’s not just about the pens, notebooks, binders and backpacks!

1. Get a good night’s sleep. Studies show that not getting enough sleep can greatly decrease a child’s ability to learn. Children at different ages have different amounts of sleep needed per night. Follow these general guidelines when determining how much sleep your child should get:

  • Ages 3-5 need 11-13 hours of sleep.
  • Ages 5-10 need 10-11 hours of sleep.
  • Older children and teens need betwee 8.5 and 9.25 hours of sleep.

2. Establish routines. Most children function better when they know what to expect, and what is expected of them. A routine daily schedule is especially helpful for anxious children, children on the autism spectrum or with other conditions. Establish a routine that works best for your family, and you might just find that your mornings (and evenings) run more smoothly and calmly.

3. Prepare healthy meals. Studies show that a good breakfast is the best way to start anyone’s day. A healthy lunch is equally as important for kids to maintain their energy and learning power throughout the school day. Consider these tips when preparing for your children’s lunch. What better way to have your child eat healthy at school than to pack inventive lunches?

  • Alert your child’s school to any food allergies before an allergic reaction becomes an issue.
  • Be creative with packed lunches. A brown bag lunch doesn’t have to be a sandwich and chips.
  • Fresh cut fruit and veggies, cheese, and hard cooked eggs pack and travel well, and are healthy lunch choices.
  • Kids love dips. A small container of yogurt to dip fruit, or hummus with veggies will thrill most children. They may not even realize how healthy they are eating!

Bonus breakfast tip – Consider preparing quick breakfasts on the weekend for ‘grab and go’ foods on those busy mornings.

4. Prepare the night before. Help get the kids out the door more quickly and smoothly by completing tasks the night before that you might otherwise do in the morning. This will help both you and your child get out the door less frazzled and better prepared to take on the new school day. Consider doing these tasks the night before:

  • Repack backpacks. Once homework is completed, repack backpacks and place them near the door you will leave out of. Include signed permission slips and forms, or other necessary documents.
  • Round up any necessary musical instruments and sports stuff needed for the next day and place with the backpacks.
  • If your child packs lunch, prepare as much as possible before bedtime. Snacks and drink bottles can easily be set up the night before.
  • For younger kids, or kids who may need the extra help, lay out their clothes for the next day.
  • Make breakfast plans and set out non-refridgerated items. Get a jump on the morning food rush and save precious morning time.

5. Create and post a weekly calendar. Calm the weekly chaos by preparing a calendar. Then talk about the coming days’ activities with your kids at a time that works best for them. Perhaps it is over dinner. Perhaps it is when you are getting backpacks ready. Find what works best for your family and include calendar review in your daily routine. Here’s a few suggestions to setting up your own family calendar:

  • Use a white board that can be easily modified during the week.
  • Post the calendar in a central location that is easily visible to everyone.
  • Include both family and school activities.
  • Have a unique color code for each child so everyone can have a better visual of their own activities.

Creating a weekly calendar not only gives you a snap-shot of the week, it also is especially helpful for an anxious child to “see” what is happening this week.

Do you have any tips you would like to share? Let us know in the Comments section below.