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Communicating on Behalf of a Disabled Loved One

Communicating on Behalf of a Disabled Loved One Good communication is an important part of any relationship. For family members with a loved one living with disabilities, it’s a critical step toward reaching an optimal degree of care. Achieving effective communication between family members and caregivers is essential to the mental and physical well-being of those with intellectual disabilities. 6 Tips for Communicating with Caregivers This type of communication can... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Top 5 Video Games for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Top 5 Games for People With Intellectual Disabilities Video games are fantastic teaching and learning tools.  They entertain us, alleviate stress, foster creativity,  problem-solving skills, reading comprehension---The list goes on and on. According to Ph.D. and bestselling author Jane McGonigal , games and game designers are on a humanitarian mission:  To improve real lives and solve real-world problems.  She’s an outspoken advocate for games (of all... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Best Books for Parents of Special Needs Individuals

Books for Parents of Special Needs Individuals Parents of children with special needs face unique challenges. As a group of individuals who are always looking for ways to connect and find hope, books have become a great source of information for parents to find new information and relate to others on their journey. From inspirational stories to informative guides, parents of children with special needs can benefit from a multitude of books concerning the topic of raising special needs... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Friday, March 6, 2020

8 Tips for Traveling with Special Needs Adults

Traveling with Loved Ones with Special Needs Traveling with family members can be overwhelming at times, but it can be even more stressful to travel with special needs family members. On the other hand, it is also extremely rewarding to have your loved ones by your side while visiting new places. Traveling with special needs family members may be challenging, but there are a variety of ways to make the most of the journey while making it easier on you and the rest of your family. ... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Friday, January 10, 2020

Finding Hope for Special Needs Parents

Finding Hope  Difficult and rewarding. How do those two words fit together? Parents of special needs children live out the answer every single day. A diagnosis can be devastating, and there are aspects of their journey that may seem hopeless. It’s important, however, to keep in mind that every individual can have hope for their future, including those with special needs. With a multitude of resources and inspiring individuals, parents with special needs can have faith that... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Miracles: Why Book Them & How

Who are The Baddour Center’s The Miracles? The Miracles are the Baddour Center’s nationally-recognized choir performs both locally and around the country. Community life at the Baddour Center plays a significant role in allowing residents to participate and enjoy a multitude of activities with their peers, and The Miracles offer an opportunity for Baddour residents to join an award-winning musical ensemble. Miracles choir members must both audition and attend weekly... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, November 14, 2019

Guide to Secondary Education for Adults with Special Needs

College with Special Needs As a caregiver for an adult with special needs, you may feel as if your loved one has fewer opportunities to pursue secondary education. Although some may be prepared to spread their wings after high school, there are also many adults with special needs can transition into the workforce, training programs, and more. These opportunities give each individual the opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life by becoming part of the world around... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Guide to Legal Documents for Special Needs Adults: Trusts & Wills

Legal Documents for Special Needs Adults Being aware of the legal documents in place for special needs adults is extremely important for individuals with disabilities as well as their families. Having access to this information will allow individuals to know their rights and the rights of their families in regards to financial, medical, and other matters.    Special Needs Trusts A special needs trust, also sometimes referred to as a supplemental needs trust, is... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Monday, August 26, 2019

Melvin Celebrates 40 Years

The Baddour Center’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tricia ‘TP’ Melvin achieved a milestone at Baddour when she celebrated her 40-year employment anniversary on Friday, August 2.   The Baddour Center opened in December of 1978, and Melvin began work in August of 1979 when the first residents were admitted. She was the Center’s first Director of Residential Services, serving until 2012 when she became the Chief Operating Officer.   ... Read More
at Wednesday, August 7, 2019

5 Ways to Combat Social Isolation as a Special Needs Parent

Challenges of Being a Special Needs Parent At Baddour Center, we commend special needs parents for all they do, and we understand the challenges that come with parenting individuals with special needs. The life of a special needs parent includes an additional set of responsibilities and concerns other parents need not consider.  Social Isolation and Special Needs Parents Special needs parents are often unable to participate in peer and family events to the extent that other... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, June 27, 2019

Guide to Sensory Processing Disorders

What is sensory processing disorder? Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which individuals feel intense emotional, mental, or physical pain or stress as a result of sensory overload. Sensory processing disorder often includes aversions or intense reactions to various sights and sounds related to each of the five senses: Taste Touch Sight Smell Sound   7 Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder People with sensory processing... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, May 23, 2019

Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Adults with Special Needs

What are the Best Gifts for People with Disabilities and Sensory Processing Disorders? Some family members can be tough to buy for, especially those with special needs. There’s always the question of “What do they want?” and “What do they need,?” but for those with sensory processing disorders, it can be even more difficult to find clothing and entertainment options that are sensory-friendly. Here are a few of our top picks for the best gift ideas for... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Monday, December 17, 2018

Tips for Transitioning Your Special Needs Child into Adulthood

For any parent, the transition between adolescence and adulthood can be a time of frustration, anxiety, and concern. Whether your child has special needs or not, helping them navigate the world of adulthood and responsibility can feel overwhelming, but know you’re not alone on this journey. If you are the parent or guardian of a special needs individual, know that Baddour and our team are here to help any questions you have regarding the best way to help prepare your child for... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Housing Options for Special Needs Adults

Whether your loved one requires round-the-clock care and supervision or they are able to complete most tasks independently, there are different types of housing options available. Some of the options available include: Independent Living Facilities- Independent living facilities are for special needs adults who are able to live independently with little to no assistance. There are often common areas, such as dining halls and recreational facilities to encourage socialization among... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

How to Communicate Effectively With Special Needs Adults

Communicating with Adults with Special Needs If you are communicating with a special needs adult in your professional or personal life, there are a few things to keep in mind. The most important thing to consider when communicating with special needs adults is that, like anyone else, they respond well to respect and kindness. In many ways, communicating with a special needs adult is like communicating with other adults, but here are a few tips to ensure you are communicating effectively and... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Wednesday, September 19, 2018

August is Special-Needs Parents Appreciation Month- Why These Parents Are Our Heroes

Being the parent of a special needs child, young or older, is hard. All children are a lot of responsibility, especially newborns and toddlers. Individuals with SN continue to need additional support that other neuro-typical children become less and less dependent on as they move into their teenage and adult years. Many will still need help with reading, expressing emotions, understanding social situations they're put in, picking out clothes, reminders to complete personal hygiene... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lou's Top 5 Health Tips for Special Needs Adults

Just like anyone else, it’s important for adults with special needs to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing to prevent serious health disorders and complications. In addition to the health guidelines often recommended to the general population, such as not smoking, not using drugs, and not consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, there are a few health tips special needs adults and their caregivers can follow to maintain a positive state of wellbeing and increase longevity. ... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Friday, July 13, 2018

5 Summer Activities Baddour Residents Love and Your Loved One With Special Needs Will Too!

1. Visit a Farmer’s Market The MidSouth is home to some fantastic farmers markets. Head to your local farmers market for inspiration for new recipes using fresh, local ingredients and to get to know the local farmers producing your favorite foods. Many farmers markets even offer honey, artisan breads, and other non-produce items for sale. Memphis Farmers Market The Memphis Farmers Market held on South Main each Saturday from April through October is the largest in the... Read More
at Friday, July 6, 2018

50 Years, Countless Stories: Celebrating the Special Olympics

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. This event is especially close to our hearts considering the impact it has had on the intellectually disabled. Over the past 50 years, we’ve watched Olympians overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. THE 25 MOST INSPIRING OLYMPIC MOMENTS OF ALL TIME   As a center committed to providing numerous opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities, we offer numerous programs to support this mission,... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Friday, June 29, 2018

5 Simple Yet Clever Gardening Tips from the Baddour Garden Center

Communities like Baddour offer a safe and comfortable place for adults with intellectual disabilities to learn, grow, and gather for fun and engaging events and activities. One such activity available at Baddour is the opportunity to work in the Baddour Garden Center. Those who work in the Garden Center grow, tend, and cultivate flowers, and produce for purchase through the center. LEARN MORE   In spring and summer, guests are able to purchase an array of beautiful annuals,... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, April 12, 2018

Baddour Embraces Partnership with Retrieving Freedom

A number of you have seen our Facebook pictures, but we also want to bring you blog followers to speed concerning our growing relationship with Retrieving Freedom, Inc. In short, Retrieving Freedom (RFI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training service dogs to help people, namely veterans, children with autism, and individuals living with diabetes.   For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD),  pet therapy often opens the door to... Read More
at Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Our Favorite Spring Art Projects for Special Needs Adults

Spring has sprung, and we’re planning lots of fun art projects for Baddour residents. Whether inspired by the blooms in our Garden Center or by the bright sunshine on walks outside, residents can use their inspiration to create bright and beautiful works of art. When choosing a residence for adults with special needs, it’s important to consider a facility that offers plenty of activities that contribute to quality of life. Programs like the Creative Arts Center at Baddour offer... Read More
at Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How to Select a Facility for Adults with Disabilities

If you are the parent, guardian, or caretaker of an adult with disabilities, you have a life that can sometimes be complicated. For as many joys as life brings, there are also questions that come up over the years, regarding your loved one’s future, health, and happiness. Often, choosing an adult facility means giving up some control. By sending your loved one to a new home, you are unable to be there, at a moment’s notice, to help or to be there if he or she needs you. For... Read More
at Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Everyone Is Blessed

At home over the holiday, I was reflecting on Baddour Center. This is a recurring reflection… I never cease to be amazed, and humbled, by others’ generosity to this ministry.  I confess the reflection is more intense toward year-end due to the often-overwhelming support people show Baddour.  When I returned this week to the office, I found the following quote in one of many emails:    "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year, More Decisions

A brand new year. It’s that time of year when the holiday season is over and there’s white space in our calendars to work on new goals. Honestly, for me, it’s a fresh start filled with hope that I will get things done this year…without procrastinating! Sometimes, it’s the getting started part that seems overwhelming for me; after that, I can get in a groove and knock out tasks. With that thought in mind, I want to help those of you who are looking for group... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Community Treasure

Having recently seen in the local newspaper an article about the performance, I was looking forward to a date with my wife on a recent Thursday evening. We were going to see Handel’s Messiah , presented by Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Division of Fine Arts. I’ve heard the Northwest Singers previously and knew they would do a great job.  When we entered the Fine Arts Auditorium, we were unexpectedly greeted by 20-30 Baddour Center residents, who... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Monday, December 11, 2017

Embracing Technology

The Baddour Center is moving to the next phase of embracing technology!  In addition to our open computer lab that all of our residents have access to, we are now able to assist residents with new technology in a variety of ways. The amount of goods and services online has compelled most of us to adapt to the undeniable changes brought to us by technology. Nowadays, having a device capable of internet connectivity is almost a necessity. Here at The Baddour Center, residents and staff... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Baddour highlighted at FedEx conference

I must share a recent and tremendous experience. The Baddour Center participated in the 2017 FedEx Services Global Supplier Conference. The event, held at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, brought together hundreds of professionals whom worldwide serve FedEx at some point in their supply chain.  While this is probably not necessary, I remind you that we are a FedEx “supplier,” along with the many much larger, household names of corporations you might... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Local church embraces Baddour residents

The Baddour Center is happy to announce that Independence United Methodist Church has reached out to Baddour residents by inviting them to join a Sunday School program at the church. “We are thrilled about the church’s willingness to do this and thankful for their enthusiasm,” Parke Pepper, Executive Director of The Baddour Center, said. “Welcoming these residents into the church body is an awesome thing, and the residents always love being a part of our larger... Read More
Posted by Natalie Troutt at Tuesday, October 17, 2017

YOUR Summer Program 2017 recap

“Whatever you do, do it as service to [God], and He will guarantee your success.” Proverbs 16:3 (VOICE) At the beginning of 2017, I selected the verse above and used Bible Gateway to read nearly every version available in order to determine which one I liked best before writing it on a bright colored paper and posting it on my office door. Certain words popped out to me for being simple yet powerful: whatever, service, guarantee, and success. I wanted to remember this entire year... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Monday, July 31, 2017

Spring/Summer sports update

May ended a very busy spring! We had Track and Field and the Summer State games, which consisted of volleyball, tennis, swimming, and powerlifting. June is a time to slow down for us. Golf and bowling are the only sports we are playing this month. We bowl on Tuesday and golf on Wednesday and Thursday. Our June golf tournament is scheduled to be held at Glen Eagle in Millington on June 26. We have two athletes going to the National Golf Tournament in Seattle, Washington. Jeremiah Doane and... Read More
at Monday, June 5, 2017

A Pitch for Volunteerism

Our new Director of Advancement shared yesterday this piece of information about Volunteerism… Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"How would you feel?" Improving Social Skills in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Yolie and I hold up photos of individuals with various facial expressions, and I ask the group, "How would you feel if someone gave you a compliment?" Several hands shoot up into the air and point at the various photos, and most point towards a photo of a young man with a smiling expression. "That's right! If someone gives us a compliment, we feel happy!" This brief interaction is a snapshot into our weekly lessons with some of the residents at The Baddour Center.... Read More
at Thursday, March 2, 2017

Home is Where the Heart is and Love Abounds

The month of February is widely considered by some to be the month of “love”, so what better time to blog about all of the many reasons myself and others love The Baddour Center? It is quite an easy topic for someone who has spent the better part of her life living and loving all things Baddour!  While the word “love” can be defined in so many different ways, it has always been clear to me that love is a never ending story of an open book and experiences. With... Read More
at Friday, February 3, 2017

Baddour Proudly Partners with Upward Basketball

Our Baddour Center Leadership Team sat at a conference table in the fall of 2008, deliberating the pros and cons of hosting the local Upward Basketball Program on campus in our gym.  Is the gym available?  Should we charge the churches and participants a fee?  Can and will residents attend the games?  Are we equipped to handle that many visitors?  More importantly, what good does this do Baddour?  What’s the liability to Baddour?  And so on.  ... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends, The 2016 chapter in Baddour Center history is closed; and, looking back, we experienced many highlights.  Among the many include: Welcoming 4 new directors to our Senior Leadership Team. Jennie Lou Pryor – Director of Health Services April Caccavano – Director Residential Services Richie Ayers – Director of Physical Plant Kristin Goode – Director of Education and Behavior Supports YOUR Summer Program reaching... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Friday, January 20, 2017

Having fun in the Mississippi sun

I feel like a school-age child all over again. In April of this year, I started wishing that the sweet freedom of summertime would hurry up and get here. I was checking my mailbox every single day to see if a new Summer Program application was in there, ordering this and that to make sure we had enough supplies, and having planning meetings with fellow co-workers who would reassure me that summer was just around the corner. Just as they said, summer did arrive in all of its heat and haste. Now,... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Baddour E&R to Host Autism Workshop

Today, almost everyone knows someone who has a diagnosis of Autism.  For parents, teachers, and human service providers, knowing this about a person is an important first step in understanding how to meet his or her needs.  However, “Autism” is not a thing.  It is just a label, and it applies to a wide spectrum of characteristics that look different from person to person.  At one end of this spectrum, the diagnosis describes people who may have average to... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Monday, February 22, 2016

What You Need to Know About Music Therapy

Hi, I am Jodie Ross, the board certified music therapist at The Baddour Center. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music from Mississippi University for Women in 2010. I completed my six-month internship at The Baddour Center and have been here ever since! At Baddour, I am mostly seen directing the Wonder Player productions or the creative movement group, Hearts in Motion, but my main job duty is to provide music therapy services to the residents of Baddour.  Have you ever heard of... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Are you looking for a Summer Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities?

The Baddour Center is hosting its second YOUR Summer Program in 2016. You’re probably wondering what YOUR stands for: Your Opportunity for a Unique Respite. At The Baddour Center, we believe every person whom we serve should live a safe and fulfilling life, and that life includes the participants (ages 16-35) who join us for a week of respite in the sweet summertime!      Week 1…June 5-10, 2016 (female participants)   Week 2…June 19-24, 2016... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Employee Service and Happy Thanksgiving

We aim to accomplish three things with this post.    First , we want to formally recognize and thank 17 Baddour Center employees whom were recognized late last week during our annual Employee Recognition Service.  These employees include:  Bonnie Alexander and Zach Shackleford – 5 years; Venois Boyce, Julie Hanks, Earlene Holts, Regina Hudson, Constance Reed, Lacey Thornton, Henry Till, Cindy Trainum, and Linette Walters – 10 years; Rosie Bland – 15... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Homecoming – Always A Favorite

I’ve held onto this post longer than I should.  In the last post, we spoke of our annual Homecoming and Family Weekend.  At the end, I commented that Homecoming is my favorite Baddour Center event and indicated that I would share more soon about why that is.   It is because nowhere else will you find a “spirit tree.”  In keeping with our Mardi Gras-style Homecoming theme, we used a bucket truck to decorate, hanging beads and masquerade masks... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Homecoming-Family Weekend 2015

Hello Friends.  I see our last blog post is dated July 2.  Guess that means we’ll have to pick up our game.  I advise you to not correlate blog activity and Baddour Center activity.  As little as there is of the former, there is plenty of the latter.   So, let’s talk about an upcoming activity.    This weekend (October 30 – November 1), Baddour is hosting its 2nd Annual Homecoming and Family Weekend.  We’ve actually hosted... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Considering a Home

What should you be seeking when considering a home for your loved one?  The same things we all want, right?  We can read your mind…a BIG television, granite countertops, and comfortable couch or chair, possibly a small garden in the back, among other things.  Let’s face it…some of you might find these particular things appealing; others, not so much.   It’s not reasonable to expect everyone in a home to like or want the same stuff. ... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Thursday, July 2, 2015

What Is The Baddour Center?

The Baddour Center is a model residential community for adults with intellectual disabilities located in Senatobia, Miss. just 35 miles south of Memphis, Tenn. Located on 120 acres of rolling countryside, the center offers specialized services and programs that promote intellectual, physical, social, emotional, vocational and spiritual growth to 170 residents and day clients. On-campus residential options range from supervised living in one of the 14 group homes to shared independent living... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Tuesday, June 16, 2015