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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”

 

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Cathy and Dominic - Special Needs EssentialsHi everyone! Today Cathy from Bountifulplate shares with you her autistic son Dominic’s experience with flash cards! Cathy is a homemaker/wife and a mother to a 10-year old son with Autism and ADHD, an 18-year old daughter who is a college freshman and a stepson who is 30. Originally from Maryland, she has lived in the Midwest for 13 years.

When Special Needs Essentials sent us the “ready, set, abc,” flashcards as well as the “ready, set, 123,” flashcards for Dominic, I was so excited!  As a parent, I instantly loved the size and durability of the cards, as well as the sturdy boxes to hold them in. Wouldn’t these be awesome to tuck into your child’s backpack for a long car trip or plane ride? I know I will be doing that for our upcoming 10-hour car ride to Maryland!!!  Dominic didn’t talk until he was over three and even though he will be 11 at the end of July, he is still behind his typically developing peers in speech. I plan on using both sets of flashcards in continuing to encourage Dominic to speak in complete sentences!!

Here are the flash cards used by Dominic:

ABC touch and feel flash cards - Special Needs Essentials 123 touch and feel flash cards - Special Needs Essentials

Flash Cards ABC - Specia lNeeds Essentials ready set 123 - Special Needs Essentials

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