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Back-to-school is a challenging time for all children. But children with special needs, especially those with non-verbal Autism may find it even more difficult to process all the feelings that come with this time of the year. They may feel anxious, over-excited or overwhelmed. And it would help to be able to communicate with their teachers or parents.

That’s why we brought this new Feelings Friend into our store, a stuffed animal who teaches facial vocabulary. At Special Needs Essentials, we sincerely want to help children communicate easily with special ed teachers and parents to get the best possible education!

Feelings FriendIt holds a bag with different shapes of eyebrow and mouths to velcro on its face. It also comes with a set of illustrated cards that explain each feeling. And… it is soft.¬†Designed and developed in collaboration with child psychologists, this toy is a unique and powerful way to express feelings when the words just aren’t there!

Here is what Marie F. says: We love this cute little buddy! I ordered this for my Pre-Kindergarten class. We needed a friend that we could help through the trials and tribulations of being 4 and 5. The children chose the name Lucy for her and now she is officially a member of our class. The children even take turns tucking her in for naptime. A few of the children’s winter holiday lists ended up with “A Lucy Doll” on them. ūüôā This toy is well made and just the right size. Thank You!

F emotions friend - Special Needs Essentials

Edushape Feelings Friend Feeling Friends

As a reminder, all education supplies are on sale this month at Special Needs Essentials. Just shop in this section of the site before August 31 to get your 10% discount.

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Today we wanted to share this post from special ed teacher Mandy at A Special Kind Of Class, as we believe Non-Slip Liners are a must have among back-to-school supplies! Read the original post here.

5 uses for non slip liners

Non slip mats are an essential part of a special education class that has children with physical disabilities and low tone or poor fine motor skills.

  1. For children with low tone, they often have trouble staying in their seat. These are the kids that keep sliding out. A little square on the seat under their bum helps them stay put.
  2. A little square under bowls and plates, stops them for sliding around the table while children are trying to eat.
  3. We roll up a small piece around a pencil to make a pencil grip. You can make it as thick as you want. The texture gives feedback to those who need it.
  4. Putting a piece under toys and games will help them stay put while children are using them.
  5. The last tip I have for you is to use it with technology. I keeps the laptops and tablets on the table and off the floor.

Related product:¬†Non-Slip 8″ x 6’6″ Reel

Non-slip reel - Special Needs Essentials Non-slip reel to cut - Special Needs Essentials
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