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So a couple of weeks ago I wrote about this great learning tool called the Toobaloo. It’s an auditory feedback device that helps strengthen skills like fluency, comprehension and pronunciation.

Right away, I loved this educational tool. And as soon as I saw it, I knew how beneficial it would be for Elizabeth to use.

I shared in the blog how she was using it and the good things we saw.

So now, flash forward a few weeks, and we are still using it when she reads and sings.

I absolutely love how this device helps her self regulate the volume of her voice, which can be hard work for those with Dyspraxia ,as well as, for those with other special needs.

Now here comes the part we struggle with and that is having her hold the device correctly to her ear.  Usually, Elizabeth holds a phone, be it cellular or landline to her ear at the beginning of a conversation but then as the call progresses the phone sort of migrates up a bit until the part that should be near her mouth is now around her cheekbone.  So I usually motion to her to move the phone down, and she does but I am sure some of the conversation is not well heard or received when she does this.

You can probably guess that the Toobaloo migrates around as well, and it is not very easy to motion to her to move it because we are usually involved in reading or mouth work.

So I have to tell you about this  little guy called the “Hands Free Handset”  It is made to go hand in hand with the Toobaloo.   It is just like a headset that we have all seen people wear at fast food restaurants, where the mic is stable directly in front of the worker’s mouth.

The headset does the same thing except the Toobaloo is what is held in the correct position.  We tried it just the other day.

I must admit it was very easy to use and held the Toobaloo very nicely in place.

My only issue with the headset is that it says one size fits all, but I think it just fit Elizabeth’s head.  I will say that maybe this was the case because of all of her curls and people, there are a lot of them.  But whatever the reason, this is a slight consideration.

With that being said, I must say the Toobaloo Hand Free Headset made such a nice difference in the work we could do. For example, Elizabeth could work on her singing work, while using a drum to drum out syllables.  She was able to multi task with ease!

So I have to say this little guy can be really useful.  If you have a Toobaloo and love it, consider adding this Hands Free Headset.  It is really an easy thing to use and makes a big difference, so check out our site to read a bit more about it. And if you do not have the Toobaloo or the headset, check out the Toobaloo Kit that includes both tools.

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”



Elizabeth has worked pretty hard at learning to write her name in cursive.  We actually decided that she can get away with a cursive “E” and her full last name.  Trust me, if we would have known how hard her name would be to do in cursive we would  have named her an easier name!  But anyway, it is repetition that helps her succeed.

So we have gone through many sheets with her cursive name on them.  She uses them to trace the letters and thus processing the motor skills to do it on her own.

Sheet after sheet have been used.  Until it dawned on me to use one of those plastic sleeve protectors Michael uses to separate topics in his big binder.  They are clear but come in colors.  These were pretty nice until I laid my eyes on these guys….

They are called the Write and Wipe Pockets.  These guys are so great.

They are these great plastic pockets that hold a paper and make it possible to use and reuse the paper because instead of writing on the paper you are writing on the plastic pocket.  That makes it so great because you can just wipe it off and do the paper again.

And again, and again.

The idea is so simple but so great.  Especially if you have a child who really needs to review a topic or skill.  With Dyspraxia, it is so important that they learn the correct way the first time that they try something new, that being allowed to erase the work and redo it right away is so nicely reinforcing of the skill.

So take a look at the Pockets on our site for those reasons.  But that is just the beginning of the uses that I see for them.

I see them being used for holding daily schedules….how easy would that be to simply wipe off the days work and redo for the next day.

I see them being used to hold lists of rules or sayings that need to be visually present for your child to see.  I love that by slipping a blank white sheet of paper into one of them, it instantly becomes like a wipe off board.  But one that is bendable, light weight and easy to hang on a small hook or even with a magnet on a refrigerator .

The pockets come in a pack of four with each pocket trimmed in a different color.  So you can even color code which one is used for math, writing, rules etc.

Also, arriving with the pockets are five wipe off markers that are all black and have nice little wipe off erasers at the top of each one.  This is nice, since usually I use my fingertip to clear our writing when I use regular wipe off markers.  This makes my finger some interesting colors.

I have to say, these guys are pretty great. And can be such an easy addition to any special needs items you have.

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



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