Wheelchair Poncho 4-9 Years Old Traditional Poncho Style Blue Sports Balls – $30.00

The Kiddo Poncho made from PoppinPonchos Ponchos for every age and ability! is made of 2 layers of plush fleece. The snap-on hood keeps your kid’s neck ears and head warm and protected from the elements.

Less fabric in the back allows for easy positioning and fastening in their wheelchair. This poncho has a slight V-neck which makes it easy to get on and off.

Measurements: 34″ X 34″ Due to the hand-made nature of this product measurements are approximate.

You can order directly from her Etsy shop here!  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Guide.

Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Superhero Girls Wheelchair/Walker/Stroller bag – $25.00

This padded Superhero Girls wheelchair, walker or stroller bag from Grandma & Baby Turtle is sure to please your special child or teen. There is a large pocket of approximately 13.5” wide and 12.5” long. The second pocket is approximately 13.5” wide and 11” long and is secured with a velcro closure. The third and fourth pockets are mesh pocket measuring 6.75″ wide and 6” long. If you prefer, the mesh pockets may be substituted with cloth, just send a note with your order. There are 2-13” tabs to attach to the wheelchair, walker or stroller secured by velcro. The interior contains 3 additional pockets plenty of space to hold a myriad of treasures. The bag may be machine washed cold with like colors, dry low, iron low. Outer fabric is 100% cotton, interlining is 100% polyester batting.

You can go to her Etsy shop and order here.  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Days Wheelchair bag – $25.00

This is a fun and colorful quilted wheelchair or stroller bag from Grandma & Baby Turtle . It conjures up memories of “the dog ate my homework, Me!, Pick me!” phrases we used as children. There is a large pocket of approximately 13.5” wide and 12.5” long and 3″ deep. There are two front pockets approximately 6.75″ x 6.75″. There are 2-13” tabs secured by Velcro to attach to the wheelchair. Plenty of space to hold a myriad of treasures.
The bag may be machine washed cold with like colors, dry low, iron low if needed. Outer fabric is 100% cotton, interlining & tabs are 100% polyester.

You can go to her Etsy shop and order here.  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lime Dotted Swiss with Black Scottish Pups Tote $29.00

 

This tote made by  My-S-Cap, is perfect for that stylish girl that just happens to need a walker!

11″ x 20″ Large enough to carry i-phone, i-pad, and/or laptop plus more!

Pockets inside and out! Fully lined

Antique buttons are stitch to tabs. Velcro is used to hold the strips to the tote.

Made from Pre-washed soft flannel fabric.

You can go to her Etsy shop and order here.  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Guide.

Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure here.

 

 Book: “The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew” by Lisa Eichlin – $8.99

I had the opportunity to review this book and I loved it.  It was a simple read, appropriate for the ages of 4-10 years old.

What an easy read with an important message.  This children’s book teaches a lesson about friendship and acceptance between a boy named Michael and his best friend the bravest boy he ever knew who is disabled.

I read this to my son and he was so interested in it.  The pictures were great and he was so intrigued by them that he was asking me questions.  I loved how engaged he was.  This is a must read book for everyone, a great way to start a conversation about differences and to explain that people that are different from us are just people too.  They like the same things, want to do the same things and that by accepting their differences can help to open up a whole world of new things to learn and new friendships.

Here is another great review of this book that I had to share:

Lisa Eichlin’s book “Bravest Boy” is an important contribution to a growing list of books about children with disabilities. Not only does the book introduce young children to others who may have a disability but can be just like them, it also exemplifies the extraordinary courage that children with disabilities have. The book and story will help healthy children to better understand and appreciate the disabled. F. Crohn

You can purchase her book directly through Amazon by clicking here.

Follow Lisa:

https://www.facebook.com/leichlin

 

Make sure to comment that you heard of her book through the SpecialMoms Special Needs Gift Giving Guide.

Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure here.

 

Book “Social Rules for Kids” by Susan Diamond, MA,CCC – $14.98

”Social Rules for Kids” is a book for school-aged children to help them with social skills. There are 100 rules that use a step-by-step approach. The chapters include Friends, School, Bullying, Feelings, Body Language, and Manners. Kids love to read it and they make terrific progress!

Recognizing that many children’s social problems stem from ineffective communication patterns, Social Rules for Kids – The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed written by Sue Diamond, MA, CCC, and illustrated by Sally Blakemore, addresses students’ social communication needs in school and at home.

This book helps open the door of communication between parent and child as they read the rules together and develop a social plan. When children try, and gradually master, these new ways of interacting, increased confidence and success in social interaction follow. Often, improved social skills literally change a person’s life. Current topics, such as Internet etiquette and video games, are included, in addition to more traditional challenges, including manners, body language, friendship, feelings, interacting with others, bullying and many more.

What makes this book particularly effective is that it breaks down these complex issues and reframes them into “rules,” written
directly to the young person reading the book with a teacher, parent or other adult. Each of the carefully selected and crafted 100 social rules starts with a short introduction or explanation, followed by easy-to-follow steps and ending with a take-away message (“Remember”).

About the Author
Susan Diamond, MA, CCC, is a licensed speech-language pathologist with a private practice in Alameda, California. She provides diagnosis and treatment of language delays and disorders and specializes in social language skills. Sue has more than 25 years’ experience in the field and is thea uthor of Language Lessons in the Classroom and co-author of Webs for Language. She has been on TV as an expert on social skills and has produced a DVD ,Diamond Social Skills. Sue has conducted workshops for therapists and teachers and has spoken at numerous conferences. Her passion is pragmatic language and helping people gain success in communication. When Sue is not working, she enjoys reading, gardening, and doing yoga. She also loves spending time with her husband and son, whose encouragement, love, and humor keep her smiling.

Here is a sample of the one the rules that I like:  Rule #86 Say the “Magic Words.”

Just as it sounds this rule is teaching kids a simple life lesson showing good manners.

What are the magic words?
“Please” and “thank you”.
I use these words to be polite and kind.
I use these words to show I have manners.

When to use “please”:
When I want or need something from somebody.
When I want or need help.
Example:    Wrong: “Give it to me”  Right:  “Please, give it to me.”

When to use “thank you”:
Someone gives you something (even if I don’t like it).
As I leave someone’s house.
My parents or friends do something nice for me.
Someone brings me something, like food or a drink.
Someone helps me.
When showing appreciation:
Examples:  “Thanks”, “Thank you”, “Thanks for helping me out”, “That was kind of you, thanks”, “I really appreciate it, thanks”.

Remember: If I say please and thank you, it shows I have nice manners!

You can order Susan’s book directly from Amazon by clicking here.

Follow Susan:

https://www.facebook.com/DiamondLanguage

https://twitter.com/DiamondLanguage

Make sure to visit Susan’s Facebook page and comment you found out about her book from the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure here.

It’s finally here the first annual 2012 SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

As a mother of a child with special needs, mom blogger and mom entrepreneur I wanted to create a unique guide that is specially targeted to children with special needs and their families who care for them.  The intent was to reach out to small business owners, Etsy shops, mom entrepreneurs and people who have a vested interest or passion for the special needs community.  As a mom entrepreneur I thought this was the perfect opportunity to help support other mom entrepreneurs.

What I found was their experience and interests brought real unique and helpful products that I wanted to share with you.  I hope that the products you find in this guide are practical, but will be helpful and provide a real value to you and your child with special needs.  But more importantly, bring real joy to your holiday season!

As joyous as the season is, gift giving can be stressful especially if you are purchasing for a child with special needs.  My intent with this guide was to make it a little less stressful with practical, reasonably priced items that can provide a real value to the child and their families.

Please share this guide with others and would love any feedback that you may have.  You can either click the picture above or click here to view the guide.

Happy Holidays!

Marla Murasko, Founder of SpecialMoms A Special Needs Parenting Club

 

So what’s the buzz in the mommysphere? Subscription boxes! ~  We love them, but what are they?

Kiwi Crate

It’s an amazing concept that I wished I thought of.  Just like you get magazines mailed to you every month, well now your children can have a box of goodies mailed right to them.  Yes and it’s fun stuff.

As a mother of a child with special needs, I am always looking for different toys, games, apps or activities to review that my son can enjoy doing, while working on fine motor, cognitive thinking, eye hand coordination.  All things that are important for children to complete daily tasks.   

Special Needs Students: Five of the Best Colleges
Guest Post by: Linda Forshaw

The prospect of leaving home and going to college is daunting at the best of times. Add special needs into the mix and the thought may just become overwhelming for many students and their parents. But should that really be the case? While having special needs can undoubtedly make the college process more challenging, it most certainly does not rule it out. Increasingly colleges and universities are reaching out with tailored support packages to assist those students with disabilities ranging from hearing impairment to autism spectrum conditions. Let’s take a look at five