Five Must-Have Special Kid Essentials for the School Year
Three yellow binders, ten dividers, a hole punch, Kleenex, crayons and antibacterial gel. Did we miss anything? Each year, the list of school supply demands seems to be growing, but what if you're the parent of or a teacher for special needs children? In addition to the basics, here are five essential back to school items you can't afford to miss.
1. Pencil Grippers
Let's start with the basics: We love affordable accessories, and these colorful pencil grippers should be at the top of your back to school list. Why? Many children who are just learning the basics of writing, practice improper grip techniques. Whether this is the result of inexperience or hand weakness, you can help your child advance his or her writing skills easily and affordably.
A pencil gripper can help children adjust their grip to improve both comfort and control. Try the original grip to improve ergonomics or try the C.L.A.W. if your child has hand disabilities or exhibits improper grasping techniques.
2. Sweet 16 Fidget Bag
A fidget bag offers a convenient and affordable solution to help kids and adults alike concentrate, relax and find proper sensory input. This bag is geared toward students by including 16 fun fidgets that facilitate active learning, improve attention and increase overall productivity.
The bag includes one visual timer to help children manage tasks. A visual timer provides children with queues they can easily understand and improves their understanding of the passage of time. Additionally, the bag includes a variety of fun sensory fidget to keep little hands busy. Studies have shown that children with attention deficit disorders benefit from these types of mindless distractions, and helps them to focus on their assignments such as tests or homework.
All of these fidgets are combined in one drawstring bag for easy organization. Keep one at home and one in their desk at school, and watch their abilities soar!
3. Create a Scene Games
This interactive game is one of our favorites in our collection. Create a Scene relies purely on the player's imagination and provides a fun avenue to help children grow. This magnetic board holds a wide range of scenes, from construction sites to horse ranches; each board comes with its own magnetic pieces that can be moved around to tell the story your child wants to tell.
The pieces are large, sturdy and easy to grasp and will stick to the board as well as the refrigerator at home. Let your kids play this game while you make dinner or provide it as an entertaining distraction in the car or at a restaurant.
Watch your child's imagination transform as he or she is transported to another world. Imaginative play promotes a range of vital skills required for real-life applications. Help them improve problem-solving and build sequencing skills, encourage storytelling and more.
4. Special Kids' Seating
We offer a wide range of seating and seating accessories for kids with sensory and developmental disorders, but the Kore is quickly becoming one of our favorites. If you have a child who can't sit still during lessons or while completing homework, the Kore offers the perfect solution. This chair allows kids to keep their legs busy wobbling around while keeping the upper body still enough to complete the assignment.
Give them an outlet for all of the extra energy they possess. Whether your child has ADD, ADHD or autism, this chair really rocks! It increases focus by providing a way to multi-task while remaining seated and keeping both hands free. Additionally, this chair greatly improved posture by engaging the back and abdominal muscles.
The wobble chair is a great solution for kids who like to keep moving. Let them rotate between a standard chair, a balance ball and the Kore to keep things interesting throughout the day! The Kore chair is ergonomic and is designed not to slip, topple or lead to scratches on your floor.
5. Liquid Tiles
Great for the home, the classroom or any sensory environment, these liquid tiles are absolutely mesmerizing. Touch them, poke them, step on them, sit on them or swish them around to create a stimulating and colorful sensory environment for children of all ages.
Each squishy liquid tile offers 20 x 20-inches of unbeatable fun. The foam backing means you can place them on any floor without worrying about accidents, and the leak proof design ensures your carpets stay dry. Each tile is pressure tested with 32 tons of direct heavy pressure and is completely scratch resistant.
Create bubbly cosmic fun in the play room, on the lawn, at grandma's house or anywhere!