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Brain Gym

By | April 6th, 2020|


At Daymark, we’re always looking for the most effective ways to help our residents improve their health mentally, physically and emotionally. Brain Gym is a unique class that plays a huge part in this effort.  Each week this class provides an opportunity for our residents to improve mobility, focus, balance and coordination for our residents. Below we have included step by step details of two exercises we use in our programming. We hope you enjoy! 

Lazy 8’s 

Lazy 8’s are used in Brain Gym to help improve brain function. Lazy 8’s activate both brain hemispheres by sweeping across the lateral midline of the body allowing them both to work together. This particular exercise improves hand-eye coordination amongst other things. The list of benefits includes the development of hand dominance, improved visual tracking, increased attention […]

Germs VS. Soap Activity

By | March 23rd, 2020|


  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Plastic Cup

Step 1: Fill your bowl with luke warm water.

Step 2: Sprinkle enough pepper to cover the top of the water.

Step 3: Pour enough Dawn to cover the top of your finger into your plastic cup.

Step 4: Dip a clean, dry finger into the water topped with pepper. See how all of the pepper attaches to your finger? This symbolizes how many germs stick to us when we touch an unsanitized surface.

Step 5: Wipe the pepper off of your finger and dip your clean, dry finger into the cup of dawn and then into the bowl of water. See how the pepper runs from your finger? This shows us how much germs don’t like soap!

Red Light, Green Light: Maintaining Routines at Home

By | March 23rd, 2020|

By: Molly Denny Ph. D.

We feel cooped up, it’s true. This virus may have us all hanging upside down from the couch like little kids who are forced to sit still. When routines are changed, or when things seem a little offcenter, we can all feel the effects of it; but for kids and adults with special needs times such as this are extra challenging. Persons with special needs often thrive on routines at school, routines at home and routines at work but when all of those routines suddenly come to a halt it’s hard to explain and even harder to understand. Here at Daymark Living we have figured out how to ease our residents’ minds by tightening up on the schedule and adding some fun dimensions while we spend extra hours together without visitors or outside influences.  

COVID-19 Resources

By | March 20th, 2020|

With the COVID-19 situation evolving rapidly, Daymark Living’s protocols continue to be updated to protect the well-being of our residents and staff. Based on current State guidance, Daymark is now restricting visitors to essential persons only (staff, healthcare personnel, and local authorities), increasing the frequency of our sanitation schedule and practicing social distancing. In addition, we are also:

  • Controlling access of vendors to campus, and sanitizing areas of contact before and after.
  • Daily symptom checking for staff and residents, including temperature readings.
  • Increased vigilance for personal responsibility activities such as handshaking, social distancing, and personal health hygiene.
  • We have canceled in-person tours and now offer families virtual tours and meetings using email, FaceTime and Zoom. If you are interested in learning more, please call 972-646-2162.

With all these changes, limited visitors and updated infection protocols on Daymark’s campus, helping our residents stay happy, informed, safe and engaged during this crisis is […]

7 Tips to Help Your Loved One with IDD Become an Independent Grocery Shopper

By | October 15th, 2019|


  1. Start NOW. Let’s be real. Your loved one is not going to suddenly wake up the morning of their 22nd birthday with the skills to pick out the perfect avocado from a sea of “just okay” avocados at the grocery store. Shopping takes practice, and it is never too early to start. So, don’t spend time worrying whether they’re ready, jump right in!
  2. Start SLOW. Help your loved one as much as needed at first. As time goes by and their confidence grows, slowly start stepping back. Instead of helping them write their grocery list every time, take only a quick look at it before leaving. Start hanging back in the store, only checking in every few isles. Eventually, they’ll take the lead, and you can regroup before check-out.


Begin Where You Are.

By | April 26th, 2019|

Written by: Beth Freudenburg A few weeks ago I was asked to write a few paragraphs on a topic relevant to families who have members with disabilities. Surprisingly, I found it more difficult than I expected. Not because I had little to say, or because I believed I wasn’t prepared to be the expert in the room but because so many topics are relevant to the times we live in and the time of year.

We have recovered from the holidays and tax season is almost over. Spring is here and with it comes Easter, graduations, then summer jobs, and scrambling to find care while we go to work and count the days until school begins again. Before we know it, we will be planning the holiday seasons again while we feel as though we barely had time to get anything done. We tumble into bed believing there must be a […]

Daymark Living resident provides design idea, talents to complete Hachie Heart

By | February 8th, 2019|

Article originally published on www.waxahachietx.com by the Waxahachie Daily Light.

By Ashley Ford | aford@waxahachietx.com

A collage of over 50 hearts is handpainted on a five-foot ceramic heart in the parking lot of the downtown Waxahachie hike-and-bike trail. The pattern will steal the attention of a passerby, but one should understand the meaning behind it.


This figure is one of 10 Hachie Hearts that have popped up around town, all serving as public art projects for Waxahachie visitors. The heart of hearts is sponsored by Daymark Living, a resort-style residential community specifically built and staffed for people with Intellectual and Developmental Delays.

One of the residents, Michael Poston, who lives with Down Syndrome, contributed not only his design idea but his talents as well.

Art has always been a favorite topic for Michael, and he admitted to enjoying all aspects and techniques of the trade.

“I […]

Hacks to Help Adults with IDD Achieve Greater Independence

By | January 22nd, 2019|


Being “independent in your daily living skills” looks different for each of our residents at Daymark Living. We adapt to this wide range of skillsets using what we call a “hack” to help fill in where their skills or mobility may be limited. After a few years of working with families and researching these hacks for their loved ones we have put together quite the list and want to share some of our favorite products with you!

 Hygiene Routine

iDo Hygiene

Creating a routine that works is one thing. Actually completing the routine is work for anyone. For some of our residents who prefer visual prompts and need assistance with their hygiene routine, we love apps like iDo Hygiene. iDo Hygiene uses video modeling and fun games to help guide users through their daily hygiene routine. Step by step video guides with narrated text cover shampooing, washing your face, washing […]

Is Your Child With Disabilities Ready to Live Independently?

By | December 25th, 2018|

Article originally published by DFWThrive here

By Kelley Wooley


“I assumed Riley would live with us forever,” says mom Davila Niesen.

Since her son was a baby, Niesen and her husband Robert knew that something was “off.”

“For a long time, we just kept being told that he had global development delays,” Niesen explains.

Finally, when Riley was 8 years old (the earliest age allowed at the time), he had testing done through Plano Independent School District. His vocabulary was very limited, which made testing all the more difficult. Results revealed an extremely low IQ and a likely diagnosis of autism.

“We heard the words but as parents, we had no idea what they really meant,” recalls Niesen. “The results gave us some answers but Riley’s future was still very unclear.”

The future often looks nebulous for children like Riley. For parents, just the thought of planning for their kid’s […]

Journey To Daymark Living: Chris

By | December 17th, 2018|

Tim and Nancy Wheeler’s son Chris is one of the first residents making the big move to Daymark Living. A big transition like this looks different for each family & individual so we sat down with the Wheeler’s to learn what this journey has looked like for them!

D: How have you prepared Chris to move to Daymark?

TW: We’ve been discussing for a LONG time.  Not sure that it has “prepared” Chris but he thinks he is ready.

NW: We obviously worked on living skills as best we could and although I think he has a ways to go on a number of things, I know he is capable and will likely become proficient with someone else showing or teaching him. We have talked a lot about how Daymark will be like a college experience where he can live with friends,  go to classes, have a job and participate in new activities. […]