The CHAT Bag is a our Featured Product from the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Guide.

We had the great pleasure of reviewing this product from Lori Holbrook.  This bag makes carrying an Ipad or certain tablets easy and accessible for special needs children who rely on a communication device to speak.

The CHAT Bags currently fit Apples IPads 1, 2, 3 and 4 but if you don’t have an IPad you can special order a bag.

It allows the child to carry their IPad with them and have the screen accessible to them.

There are a lot of great fabrics and she is still coming up with some unique ways to use the bag.

Here is my vlog about the bag:

Be sure to look at more wonderful products in our SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

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Announcing the first annual SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide. With gift ideas for children with all abilities and ideas for the families that care for them. Helping to make gift giving for children with special needs easy and practical. Enjoy!

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Music: Darius Rucker “Candy Cane Christmas”

Book – “Leah’s Voice” by Lori DeMonia – $12.95

Leah’s Voice is a story that touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism.

Children who have a brother or sister with special needs may find it difficult to explain to their friends, or feel disappointed when their friends aren’t more understanding. Leah’s Voice tells the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance.

Mom’s Choice Award Recipient for children’s books for developing social skills.  Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

Wanted to share another person’s review of the book:

Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers Favorite

“Leah’s Voice,” written by Lori DeMonia and illustrated by Monique Turchan, is a great story about accepting each and every person and treating everyone with respect and kindness. Logan’s older sister Leah is on the autism spectrum; however, Logan does not realize this or really think about the differences and the problems it may cause until she has a play date. Abby has never met anyone like Leah and is not willing to understand or make exceptions for how she thinks things should be. For example, Abby does not want to play a game with her and Logan as she cannot sit and play. She takes her turn, gets up and leaves and then returns when it is her turn again. After an article is published about Leah and the art that she creates, Abby realizes that she was not acting nicely toward her and learns that she needs to treat Leah as she would anyone else.

This is a great story that discusses children with special needs. All children should read it as it can be difficult for children to play together if someone has special needs. This story provides examples of situations that may arise and cause tension so that children cannot be happy. For example, Logan missed out on seeing a movie as Leah could not handle going into the theater. The lesson shared at the end of the story is an important one for children to learn and one that adults should also remember day after day. The illustrations throughout the book are well-done as they are bright, filled with detail and go along with the text nicely.

You can order Lori’s book directly through Amazon by clicking here.

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Parking Pal Magnet – $7.99

How many of you have sports or school magnets on your cars? I know I do and my son definitely knows they are there because whenever we go to the car wash he knows he has to pull them off.

So what an ingenious idea to create a Parking Pal Magnet, a magnet that is specifically used to keep your kids safe in parking lots.

Well I was so excited when I got the opportunity to review the Parking Pal Magnet.

Mission:
* Help reduce injuries to children in parking lots
* Heighten awareness of the dangers in parking lots

How many times have you walked though the school parking lot with your child and you just feel like you need a leash because there are cars coming from every where and your child just happens to be the one that doesn’t want to hold your hand and wants to race to the car?   Well I know that’s my child.  So to prevent him from getting hit, I give him the keys thinking if I give him something to do it will distract him from running in the parking lot.  Great it works, but what happens when you go to open the door to put his book bag in and he’s running around waving the keys.  Even if I take the keys away there is still time for him to dance around.

So why is the Parking Pal Magnet so helpful?

Parents, grandparents, day-care providers, aunts, uncles, friends, or whoever is caring for a child can be easily distracted in parking lots. Loading or unloading packages, rifling for keys, tending to the baby, or helping elderly parents can take precious attention away from our children, leaving them vulnerable to a number of dangerous situations. Other drivers can’t see when they back up because the car next to them is too large or they’re distracted by their cell phones, or blind spots make it easy for them to overlook small children who may be behind them. And children, well, they don’t always do what they’re told or stay where they should. It only takes one second for tragedy to strike.

Here is a story of a fatality of a 3 year old boy darting from his family in a Chuck E Cheese parking lot.  Click here.

So I was happy to learn about this magnet.  It’s like playing a game “let’s see how long you can keep your hand on your parking pal?”  (See my son play this game with his Parking Pal Magnet)

So why a Parking Pal for Children with Special Need?

As a mother of a child with special needs taking my son out in public can be rather challenging at times.  My son has Down syndrome and loves to hug people especially when he sees babies or smaller children, so he tends to run more than I would like him to.  Along with that he can also be very stubborn and does not want to hold my hand especially in busy parking lots.  He doesn’t like to wear a safety harness and honestly I just don’t like them myself, so when we tried the Parking Pal it worked magic.  He loves to put his hand on the magnet and we count to see how long he can keep it on there.

Any child can be a runner or likes to play the “hide and seek” game, but when you are in a busy parking lot this is not the time to play games.  We need to teach our children parking lot safety and the Parking Pal Magnet may be just the right thing for your child.  Especially when there is a reward for good behavior associated with it.

 

Let me share with you a testimonial:

“Being in the public safety field, I have always been concerned with what to do with my 3 year old while I get my 1 year old out of the car. My sister found your product on babysteals.com and bought it for us. We have been using it for a couple weeks now and it is fantastic! Our 3 year old loves to give his parking pal a “high 5″ and is so proud when we praise him after we are done getting Hailey out of the car. I was so pleased with your product that I gave the information to our daycare center director at Kindercare and she shared it with all the parents. Parking pal is such a simple idea that takes a load off of my mind!”

– Matt, Erie County Department of Public Safety

These don’t only have to be used on your car, but what about in public bathrooms like restaurants or even the airport?  Simply carry a Parking Pal Magnet in your diaper bag or purse and place it on the door to keep your little ones from touching “yucky” things.

So you love the Parking Pal, well guess what they have a “Penalty Pal”removable wall decal .  Yes, designed to help with timeouts.  The Penalty Pal helps direct parents, educators and children towards a positive outcome by being a colorful reminder that when we are happy then we can interact in our environment in a more positive manner.  Notice the frown on the clock (below) how it progresses from a frown to a smile.  It can be used to remind kids that they need to stay in their time-out till they are “happy.”

The nice thing about these is they come in different colors with different designs.

So how do you order the Parking Pal and Penalty Pal, by clicking here.

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Drop them a comment on Facebook, and don’t forget to mention you found them through 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.

Tag A Towel – $6.00/pack

Keep Your Cooties To Yourself!

How many times have you stepped out of the shower to find that your towel is wet, and wondering who may have used it.  Your husband, your child?

Well Tag A Towel will help you take care of the “sharing” of the towels, the sharing of the cooties, and help conserve water and energy all in one.

Tag a Towels are the super hero of your bathroom! Fighting towel stealing, cootie sharing, and laundry overload everywhere.

They come in 3 different packs of designs.  (Tiny Bubbles – Pink & Blue, Tiny Bubbles – Orange & Green, His and Hers)

They will make great stocking stuffers!

Tag A Towel was created by busy Mom Sarah.  Besides wanting to keep her bathroom organized, save on doing laundry she more wanted to stop the spread of germs.

See her daughter was diagnosed with M.R.S.A. she was terrified and heart broken that her baby had to go through surgery.  Through all her research on MRSA she found that sharing towels is one of the top ways the disease is shared. And here’s the thing. You may not have a sore or be on antibiotics or even know that you have MRSA on your skin, but tons and tons of people are “colonized with staph.” They live with it and have no symptoms.

Seen in Australians Practical Parenting Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

You can visit Sarah’s shop and order directly through here by clicking here.  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

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I am happy to announce that two lucky winners will receive a pack (comes with two tags) of Tag A Towels by filling out out form below:

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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.

The CHAT Bag – $35.00

 

What is the Chat Bag?

The CHAT bag was inspired by Lori’s beautiful daughter Hannah who has Down Syndrome, Autism, and Apraxia. She currently uses an iPad to communicate with. Lori wanted to create a versatile bag that had adjustable straps, soft fabric with colorful designs, and have the screen exposed at all times for easy access. Now she can carry her bag anywhere and CHAT (Children Have A Tool) with us.

I was so excited to receive this bag as my son loves using his ipad.  Although my son doesn’t use it for communication I love that he has the ability to have it protected and has the ability to carry it with him.  This will help promote responsibility for his stuff.

Assisted technology like ipads and smartphones are becoming more widely used in schools and during therapy sessions.

Here is a link to my son using the ipad during his speech therapy in school. http://youtu.be/8EqzDotOjfk

The CHAT bag fits Apple Ipads 1, 2 and 3.

You may even special order if you don’t see a fabric that you like or if you have a different tablet size.

If you are looking to buy this for a loved one, but don’t know what fabric they would like Lori has gift certificates available.  Click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the bag that I received for my son:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori graciously sent me my own CHAT bag, yes they do have Adult CHAT bags.  Here is the
one she sent for my ipad:

 

To order directly from Lori at CHAT Bag please click here.  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Guide.

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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.

 

 

  FunBites – Bite sized mealtime magic! – $22.00 (for set of 2)

Are your kids more interested in playing with their food than eating it? Make mealtime more fun and help those finicky eaters enjoy every little bite!

I couldn’t wait to try this product.  My son is a very picky eater, and with his special needs mealtime can be stressful at times.  Because of his low tone and sensory issues, he doesn’t like different textures of food, therefore he doesn’t like to try new things and doesn’t understand “bite sized” portions which then causes him to gag.

I thought this was the perfect thing!

BITE-SIZED FUN SHAPES. Try with even the pickiest eaters!

Each FunBites pack includes a high performance curve blade cutter that quickly creates small bites and a matching popper top that pops out food instantly, so hands are clean, food is untouched.  FunBites is 100% made in the USA, BPA FREE, Mom  invented, hand wash or dishwasher safe. 

I like the ability to make fun, bite-sized pieces of kid-friendly food from lunch meat and cheese to hamburgers, pancakes and fish.

Can you imagine how excited your children will be when they open their lunch box to find this:

And you will feel good that you know your children are not only enjoying their meal, but that your kids are eating healthier!

They have been featured in PARENTS MAGAZINE, NICKELODEON PARENTS CONNECT, REAL SIMPLE MAGAZINE, GREEN CHILD, BIG APPLE PARENT, WOMEN’S DAY, PARENTING.COM, CBS MORNING NEWS, DESTINATION TRAVEL, SHOP4KIDS AUSTRALIA, LITTLE NEW ZEALAND and VEGETARIAN LIVING UK and more..

To order directly from Bobbi’s site and find out more about FunBites click here.  Please make sure to reference the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

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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 Pajama Elves” by Hayden Edwards – $9.99

The Pajama Elves is a charming tale about elves at the North Pole who sew pajamas for good girls and boys. On Christmas Eve, the pajamas stitched with the special elf magic are delivered with the guarantee that children will sleep soundly through the night (and Santa can visit without them seeing).

The story is the foundation for a wonderful family tradition that can be shared with relatives near and far of all ages. Also, it is a great way to get your elves into coordinating pajamas for lovely family photos on Christmas morning!

I was so happy to be able to review this book.  This book is a must to have for your children.  Great stocking stuffer or just a special gift to give the whole family. I love Christmas traditions and one that was we always had when we were growing up was to have new Christmas pajamas.  My mom made sure that all six of us had brand new holiday pj’s to celebrate Christmas with.  And because my younger sister and I were so close in age we usually had matching ones.  I read the book and it was fantastic.  The story has simple rhyming prose which outlines a unique family tradition that families all over can participate in.  It’s a great tradition for Christmas morning photos with the family.

I started this tradition in my family and am currently looking to get new holiday pajamas for my kids.  What is your favorite holiday tradition?  Make”The Pajama Elves” part of it.

Winner of the B.R.A.G. Award  This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!

Amazon’s Top 100 in Children’s Christmas Books.

You can order your copy directly by clicking here.

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Make sure to drop them a comment on their Facebook page, and mention you found them through 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.