IEP/504 Student Success Guide – $45.00

This is a must have binder for parents if your child has an IEP or 504 in school.  I was so excited to review this product.

The Pro-Family Advocate IEP/504 Student Success Guide Includes:

    • Step by Step IEP Success Guide
    • Meeting and Contacts Notes Organizer
    • Check Lists for Meetings and Documentation
    • Letter Templates
    • IEP Related Document and Records Filing System
    • 504 Related Document and Records Filing System
    • Nationwide School District and Resources Directory
    • Understanding Test Scores Tutorial & Chart
    • Special Education Definitions and FAQ
    • Durable and Attractive Hardcover 3 Ring Binder

Just looking through the binder there is such helpful information especially if you are a parent just starting out in the special education arena.  I wished I would have gotten this 3 years ago.  I can not wait to use it for my son’s next annual IEP meeting in March.

My son is 6 years old and not only do I have folders of paperwork from IEP case conference notes to goals etc.  It would be so nice to keep it all in one place.  Plus the forms are so helpful to keep your thoughts, meetings, followups in one place.

The Special Education Definitions are invaluable, and ones that every parent needs to get themselves familiar with.

The Parent IEP/504 Guide is a collaborative effort of information to serve as a resource for parents. This Guide contains the most current and accurate information available regarding the special education system. It is the hope of Pro Family Advocate that this publication will educate parents and assists them in advocating for their children and in obtaining the supports and services that their children with disabilities need to succeed in school.

Mindy Schneider has over 18 years of personal experience in the field of Family Advocacy. Following her immense struggles with getting an appropriate education for her daughter Mindy took her deep rooted belief and passion that every student deserves a free and appropriate education where they can thrive and founded Pro Family Advocate.

To find out more about this binder and Mindy’s services 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.

 

Safe N Sound Mobile Child Gab n Go Harness – $45.00

It puts the iPod/iPhone where it needs to be – right in front — making communication for your child easy, accessible, and timely.

This unique solution, designed for iPhone/iPod AAC devices, features –

A comfortable, fully adjustable, washable harness that positions the mobile device out front, thereby maximizing accessibility and eliminating communication delays.
An outward facing, wireless Bluetooth(TM) speaker (with case enclosure) that ensures your child will be heard.

A securing component to protect the mobile device from loss or damage.

Harness the power of your iPod/iPhone AAC device today.

Your iPod/iPhone and AAC app was a smart investment to help your child communicate. Get the most of it by purchasing a Gab n Go harness. You’ll discover how rewarding communication can be.

Great for those who use visual schedules and earn idevices as reinforcers.

We have child and adult sizes.
Check out the video below to see how it works.

You may order directly from their shop by clicking 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.

 

I was so excited to receive the GloLite PartyLite Candle Jar from Shannon from PartyLite.  I think we all love candles.  How beautiful they can look and I love the beautiful scents that are available to us.

But I was really excited when I opened the box and found the Strawberry Rhubarb candle inside.  First the smell was amazing, but it was what I read in the catalog that really made it even more special.

A portion of every Strawberry Rhubarb GloLite by PartyLite Jar Candle purchase is donated to the American Cancer Society.  In the last 14 years, PartyLite Consultants, customers and employees have contributed nearly $13 million to the Society’s fight against cancer.

As a person whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago, I love the work this society has made on the fight against cancer.  They are also involved with Relay for Life and children’s cancer.  Pediatric cancer is another cause that is close to my heart.  So as you can see I am very excited to spread the word.

I also thought the description that Shannon gave when describing the product was also very nice and wanted to share it:

Special Moms share their glow every day with their special kids and their whole families. For those stolen moments, when Mom’s take some time to refresh their glow.
55-65 hour burn time

Candles are always a great gift for a loved one, your child’s therapists, school aides or teachers.

Give a gift that keeps giving!  Check out Shannon’s site for some really great holiday gift giving ideas 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.

 

 

 

 

 

   Little Green Pouch– $14.99 (4 pack)

Is a reusable, dishwasher and freezer safe food pouch developed by two Northern California based moms who loved the benefits of disposable food pouches, but found challenges with their expense, trash and limited food choices.

Little Green Pouch is a reusable food pouch that gives parents the ability to offer their children homemade food from a pouch.

Little Green Pouch is fillable, reusable and squishable and is made for babies, big kids and grown ups.

Fillable
Our reusable food pouch has a zipper seal at the top that can be opened for filling with your favorite pureed or semi-solid foods, and then securely closed. For your homemade baby food (or store-bought applesauce), a spoon works well. For mom’s smoothies, a measuring cup with a pour spout does an A+ job.

Reusable
Our food pouches are made of durable, BPA-free and phthalate-free plastic. They are built to withstand those beatings that only young children can give and (after cleaning) take some more.

Dishwasher-able
Our reusable food pouches are dishwasher safe – just prop them upside down over the tongs on the top shelf. For best use, we recommend rinsing all the homemade spinach surprise out of the pouch and spout before running the cycle.

Freezer-able
If you like to cook homemade baby food in big batches, why not fill up a bunch of our reusable pouches and pop them in the freezer for later use? You can defrost them in warm water when you are ready to enjoy. Or, pack them as freezer packs in your lunch in the morning – they’ll be ready for squeezing by the afternoon.

Squishable
The size and suppleness of our reusable baby food pouch makes it great for use by those darling little hands.

You may order directly from their website here.  Please make sure to reference SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Guide.

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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.

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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.

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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.