Archives for the month of: July, 2019

When Emily, our oldest child, was little, she and I had so much fun learning colors and shapes with an oversized puzzle. Each piece was one of the primary colors and each shape was different.

Emily loved to learn so it was easy.

Then we had our beautiful Elizabeth.  Right away we noticed that something was not “right”.  We noticed that the natural curiosity that a child has, she did not possess.  She had a neurological system that was working hard at simply getting through  the day that learning something new was anxiety provoking and she resisted….a lot.  We came to learn later that all the signs she showed as an infant and toddler were due to her disorders of global dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder (SPD).

So while Emily loved to learn and looked forward to doing flashcards and workbooks. Elizabeth had to have things that both taught her but did not increase her anxiety.

Recently, I came across a really cute item that I know would have been a good one to use when we were teaching colors to Elizabeth.  For her, orienting the puzzle shapes was hard for her with her dyspraxia.

This adorable sensory toy is called the Melody Snaily.

The Melody Snaily is soft but not too soft to the touch, it has a pleasant face that has no overwhelming features to cause sensory overload.

When you first see the snail it is in the box curled up, you pull the one Velcro tab and it unravels to reveal a series of colors that make up its keyboard.  When you push the button on the color block, you hear a music note. Each “key” has a unique note.  So it is like a piano.  A nice, soft, colorful piano.

When you push one of the snail’s tentacles, the keyboard goes from playing a note to playing songs.

This little guy would be so ideal for teaching colors, and the cause and effect concept.  It comes with some song cards that your child can play if they follow the colored dots.

Melody Snaily can attach to a stroller and is small enough to take on the go.

I do have to say that putting the batteries in was a bit of a struggle because you have to extract the battery bank from the inside pocket of the snail and it is tight.  So I offer to make sure that you put in fresh batteries so you know it will work a long time!

Also know that once it is rolled up and looks like it did when you got it, it will shut itself off and go to “sleep”

So if you are looking for a fun option for your child, take a peek at the site to see this little guy.

I wish everyone a peaceful week.

Michele Gianetti author of “I Believe In You: A Mother and  Daughter’s Special Journey” and “Emily’s Sister”



I just had the wonderful chance to be part of a national convention last week.  I was part of the parent forum for the conference and got the chance to share some of our story, along with 5 other parents, to help others on their speech journeys.

It was so amazing to be part of this and to know that something I said could have helped someone else.

One of the big things that came up in the conference was that so many times when a child has one special needs, there can be Read the rest of this entry »

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