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As I write this I am listening to Elizabeth singing to the music on her phone.
She loves music. Absolutely loves it. And she loves singing as well and for a mom who did not hear any words from her child until about age five, I love when she belts out some parts of the song.
The thing is, with her special needs, specifically Dyspraxia, making those sounds and words correctly has always been and is currently, hard work. She still mispronounces words and sounds, she will correct herself, but it still happens. So as in all parts of her life, she is working hard.
Still, I do love when I hear a random “Gotta kiss yourself, you’re so pretty! (thank you Bruno Mars!)
When she was little we encouraged anything verbal anyway we could. We would put on music and dance. Elizabeth and her sister Emily each had these great plastic microphones to sing into. They were really cool because they amplified your voice and made you feel like you were singing loudly. Making this fun was what made Elizabeth want to have these singing times quite often.
And now, I came across those wonderful microphones…they are officially called Magic Mic. The one I am looking at is deep purple and trimmed in green, which I loved.
It is like welcoming an old friend home!
This mic felt nice and substantial in my hand as opposed to the flimsier feel of the ones years ago.
Trying it out proved to me that it works just like I remembered. My voice was nicely louder than when I talked naturally.
I showed it to Elizabeth and she said “Hey, I remember those!” I think that says a lot because she has had quite a number of toys/therapy tools enter her life.
I think what made this microphone so nice for Elizabeth was that there was literally no learning curve with it.

And for those who have sensory issues and challenges with motor skills, this is really great because once a child gets frustrated with a toy, it is so hard to get them to try again.
All this child has to do it hold the microphone up to their mouth and utter a sound…..then instant gratification!
I can so see how this could fit into a sensory diet and sensory bin. With the music on, movements could be encouraged as well as working on sounds and words. And in the middle of winter, this kind of energy burn along with getting in some good work, sound good. Right?
So if you think this sounds like something you might wish to look at, please visit our store.
Oh! and for the record or well, blog actually, Michael is currently using the microphone to announce scores he is reading off his daily afterschool dose of ESPN. So know it is simply fun to use.
I hope everyone stays warm and safe. Unless you are in a tropical state and in that case, I am envious!
I wish everyone a peaceful week,.
Michele
Author of “ I Believe In You: A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey” and “Emily’s Sister”

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When Elizabeth was younger, she had adapted PE each week.

The teacher is an amazing, innovative, energetic lady. She would always have fun activities for Elizabeth to do. So much fun, in fact, that Elizabeth did not know she was learning a new gross motor skill!

One of the most fun things that Elizabeth used to talk about was when Miss Liz brought out her parachute.

“It is just fun” Elizabeth said.

Well it was through Elizabeth that this wonderful teacher and I became friends. And because of this friendship, I was asked if I wanted to train to teach some of her classes.

I did this and to this day, I love working with these children.

And I can tell you first hand, if you want to hear screams of delight, simply pull a colored parachute out of the bag and ask 

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