Monday, June 28, 2010
Good stuff for kids with disabilities
Over the years, I've done a few posts on helpful stuff for kids with special needs, including this one and this one. Thought I'd share a few more goodies!
Jigglers (above): These vibrating toys encourage kids to hold things and also decrease oral sensitivity. They are also really cute.
TheraTogs: A body-suit like garment (above) kids wear that can help improve trunk control and alignment, among other things.
Benik Wrist Supports: They're helpful for isolating Max's thumb (he tends to hold them inward), enabling him to better grasp things. Your OT—through Early Intervention or at school—can help with sizing.
Dycem: A tacky material that prevents stuff from sliding around. We use some beneath Max's bowl, to enable him to feed himself, and for his iPad. Check and see if the therapist or school have any; I've asked his speech therapist to spare a square (in the immortal words of Elaine from Seinfeld).
Kid Companions: Cute little heart and circle pendants on strings that kids can chew on.
Last, I recently found out that Target and Search Institute (a nonprofit that provides resources to promote healthy kids) have partnered to give parents a series of tips and activities for keeping kids brains and bodies active all summer long. I loved the tips, which include ones like head outside for bedtime stories and read to kids under the stars with a blanket, a flashlight and a favorite book, and make nature-inspired bookmarks. You can read the tips on Target's Facebook page under the "Play & Learn" tab, they will be posting new ones each week through July.
Got any good stuff to add?