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Archive for November 2011

HappyPee – a user-friendly potty training and travel aid

HappyPee – the friendly potty training and travel aid

HappyPee is ergonically designed with kids in mind

We like to help and support other retailers with the same aims and values as ourselves. Disabledgear.com is a social enterprise that helps people resell and recycle expensive disability equipment to those who need it.

Guy also imports new products that people cannot get find elsewhere. HappyPee is one such product requested on a facebook forum for Special Needs Equipment. HappyPee is a unisex portable potty training aid. This portable urinal is a great invention for when your child is first learning how to control their bladder and understand how toileting works.

HappyPee is designed to be funny and entertaining to help aid the potty training process and to support your child in their potty training adventure. The funny cartoon design is included to help children enjoy the learning experience involved in toilet training, rather than feeling anxious or scared about the experience. It is a huge milestone in their development and whatever age they are, it’s important to keep pressure and stress away from the situation. It’s a great tool for supporting your child with additional needs if they’re caught short or in a situation where it isn’t suitable to use the regular toilet.

The other great thing about HappyPee is that it’s portable, meaning you can keep one in your car to avoid little accidents in case of emergencies. When your children are young it can be unsettling and stressful to use public toilets, which can also be unsanitary, therefore a HappyPee can be a great way of keeping the stress levels down. Its concertina design means it can be folded down for easy storage and another plus point is that your child can use their HappyPee in the car which also protects their privacy.

HappyPee's fun factor making potty training less pressurised

The HappyPee Portable Urinal may look like a males-only product but this isn’t the case. It was ergonomically designed with girls in mind too so all children should be able to use it with ease. So if you have ever had the stressful experience of the kids being ‘caught short’ stuck on the motorway, then you will know what we mean! To purchase, just pop over to buy a Happypee portable urinal at DisabledGear.com and place your order. You will also be helping to support the DisabledGear.com free listings for 2nd hand disability equipment, a great social enterprise that reuses and recycles.

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iPads are helping children with special educational needs in school

iPads are helping children with special educational needs in school

New research has shown that iPads and their apps have been significantly encouraging and supporting children with special educational needs in the classroom. Many children have had their lives revolutionised in just a few weeks of working with iPads in therapeutic settings and research from the States is slowly filtering over to us in the UK.

There are hundreds of apps designed for children and also for children with additional needs but therapists have found most children react to a particular set of apps. Below we’re looking at some of these apps in closer detail:

Preschool Adventure

An interactive educational app with eighteen different activities to choose from. From Sea Beat exploring rhythm and percussion to Ocean Colours which helps your child learn basic colours. This app is fantastic for some very basic and accessible learning.

 

 

Starfall ABC

Help your child master the alphabet at their own pace with this interactive alphabet app. From spelling out their name to learning things a letter a time, this app allows for learning at whatever pace suits the child in question best.

 

 

 

 

Sound Touch

A fantastic touch activated sound based app that contains over 360 different sounds of animals, vehicles and every day noises. Help your child to get used to different sounds and learnt to recognise certain sounds and associate them with the correct meaning. Each sound is matched with a corresponding picture and is activated by simple touch rather than swiping or more difficult touchscreen movements.

 

Nursery Rhymes Tap

Nursery Rhymes Tap is a fun and exciting interactive musical app, designed to help and refine fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It also introduces new musical concepts to any child with repetitive musical nursery rhymes. The emphasis is on fun as opposed to strict learning and this like all the apps mentioned, can be taken at the child’s own pace.

 

 

 

iLoveFireworks

An interactive and sensory explosion. This app allows you to create your own explosive fireworks and make lots of fun patterns. Fantastic way of mimicking a sensory room experience at home in miniature or in the classroom on a small scale.

 

 

 

And our son with a great fun app called ‘Draw with Stars‘ suggested by Ian Bean, Independent Special Needs ICT consultant and trainer

The growth of the iPad and other tablet devices is allowing for special education to be fun and more accessible for children. This growth in affordable and accessible apps is helping children to develop beyond their parents and teachers expectations and all with the help of modern, assistive technology.

 

Snuggin Go Too – the versatile support for your child.

Snuggin Go Too – the versatile support for your child.

The Snuggin Go Too in Action

If you have a child who suffers from health conditions or a disability which means they have difficulty holding their head up, Snuggin Go Too is the answer. Our friend and online retailer DisabledGear.com has decided to import this product after demand from parents on a Special Needs Equipment Swap Group on Facebook.

The Snuggin Go Too, a new product for the UK market, is an extremely supportive infant positioner. As the picture shows, the Snuggin Go Too is designed to support your child’s head in position to stop them from slumping forward, which can be extremely dangerous for disabled children. Trabasack creator’s Duncan and Clare Edwards have a son with Dravet Syndrome, and this ‘slumping’ often caused thier son to have seizures.

With the Snuggin Go Too your child’s head is supported fully which allows for improved posture, comfort, safety and of course, breathing.

It may look like a simple design but in fact the Snuggin Go Too is very intricately designed to support your individual child. Its memory foam neck and shoulder support system glides in a way which allows customisation to your child’s height and it also gently pushes the chest area forward which allows the head to sit neutrally in any chosen seating product including high chairs and car seats. The Snuggin Go Too is also the only infant positioning support which comes with an optional leg rest which can be beneficial in stopping your child from slouching or slipping down their seat.

Before and After shots show exactly how much benefit the Snuggin Go Too provides

The Snuggin Go Too is fully adjustable for children from 12 months up to 5 years which means it can be great for older children with additional needs. It is especially beneficial for children with a range of different health problems and conditions. If your child has airway difficulties, this support is essential as it works to keep your child’s airway in the neutral position. It is also supports children with scoliosis as it can help improve the position of the spine which in turn can help to minimise the respiratory problems that come from extreme spinal curvature. Further lumbar support can be added for those who also have lower spine curvature.

The Snuggin Go Too is also a great option for children who favour holding their head to one particular side (torticollis). The head support keeps the head cradles securely which helps maintain its shape and reduces risk of flat spots (plagiocephaly). It can also be used for children who wear reshaping helmets or who have conditions such as hydrocephalus to support their head position when they’re using seating products.

The Snuggin Go Too is a great way of involving your child in all family meal and fun times. You can use it in the high chair so you can comfortably and securely enjoy meals together and retro-fit strollers are available for children who are wheelchair dependent.

The item is extremely user friendly and can make a big difference to your child’s daily life. It is available in two colours from DisabledGear.com , Snuggin Go Too infant head support will really help the comfort of your child.

This video shows how easy your Snuggin Go Too is to clean and reassemble:

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