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I just handed Elizabeth a cold towel to hold on her eyes.  Not because she had a headache but because she has some serious allergies going on this season.  She has already taken the allowed amount of antihistamine.

I know there are drops she can use or nasal sprays that can help….but I know my child and a cold cloth will help and be something that she is fine using.  Her SPD (sensory processing disorder) makes using the other forms doable but challenging.  So unless there is a true medical need, less sensory offensive options are what we usually choose.

Part of the journey with a child who has special needs is knowing them.  From who they are, to what they like and do not like and more.  And it is learning to advocate for them and help the world to know them too.

The other part of knowing your special need child is to be able to offer them the supports they need during their days.  It is being able to know what, when and how they need them.   I know Elizabeth needed a sensory break today.  So she decided to head to her room to put on some calming music while having some dim lights on.

So when I look at sensory items, I know that each child has differing needs and supports.  If your child has a need for noise cancelling headphones to help diminish loud sound,  please know there are many options but the one I want to tell you about is called the BanZ, earBanz.

They will do the job of softening the sounds that your child hears but will allow in other noises.  So they will still hear things you say but not find their systems upset by the overly loud sounds that unprotected ears will hear.

Michael and Emily tried these on and found them really comfortable on their ears.  They could still hear me talk to them which was nice.  Michael especially liked them.  The age range for use says two years to 11, but they are really recommended for two years and up.  Michael is 12 and Emily 23. There are also earBanZ available for infants!

I think that for starters they look fun, with a great multi-color design that has pink, blue, yellow and white triangles on it aka the.  The brightness makes them look cute while in use. You can click around on our site to see the other colors available.

I know there are many times that these could be used for your special needs child.  Maybe if your neighbor is cutting the grass and the mower is too loud, or if your child is at a sporting event and the announcer or crowd is too much for them.  The noise cancelling Banz would work wonderfully at the movies when there is a great deal of loud sounds!

Again it is knowing your child and their needs that can make you see other uses for these headphones.

But for those without special needs they can be of great use as well.

The earBAnZ are nice and small and will fit nicely in a sensory bag to travel as well as a backpack or purse.

So if these sound like something you might wish to look at, please take a look at our site and read all the great information that we have there.  There is information on the safety rating system as well as how to’s for care.

Elizabeth is now happily eating dinner and told me she will use the cold cloth later if her eyes itch.

It is all about knowing your child and their needs.

I wish everyone a good week.

Michele Gianetti

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



When I saw this sensory item, I was immediately taken back many years.  My memories of this item include a very young and non-verbal Elizabeth.  She was also deep in the throes of her Sensory Issues ( Sensory Processing Disorder, SPD).

It is called the Abilitations Jiggler Massager.

This sensory device,  (I call it that because it is like a toy but calling it that would do it a big injustice), looks like a over-sized pen with a rubberized topper on it.  But give the topper a turn and you will immediately feel the vibrations begin.

Our topper was the elephant but they come in a two pack.  So you can get the Elephant/Gator or the Kangaroo/Parrot.

I remember that our beloved therapist, Mary, used one on Elizabeth during a session and she recommended that we get one to use as a follow-up at home.  So we did.

I can say that we used it a lot in our early therapy days.

We used it to sort of “wake-up” her mouth to begin any speech work.  We used it to help her learn where to place her tongue to make certain sounds.  And we used it to give some nice sensory input to her lips as she did not always use them to form difficult words.

The trunk of the elephant was used to reach her tongue and lips well.

In other  words it was used almost daily.

You can clean it easily and it takes two “AA” batteries ( not included) to keep it up and running.

So that was our use of the Jiggler,  but I have a friend who has a daughter who has Dyspraxia and SPD as well. When we got together to visit, I noticed her daughter was holding the “gator” Jiggler as a kind of fidget.  Her mom told me that she likes the feeling of the vibrations in her hands.  This little girl kept the Jiggler Massager with her the whole time we were visiting.  This made me realize how great this would be used in this capacity as well.

One of the uses listed on our site is for the Jiggler Massager to provide sensory input of the face and mouth, but this little girl showed how much the vibration can be welcomed on the hands and arms.

I can see them being an easy sensory tool to take with you on a road trip  or vacation with your special needs child, because they are small and easy to tuck away in a bag.

So if you think this sounds interesting to you, please take a look at them on our site.

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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