Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Enabling People and Pets!

We are now introducing products for pets with disabilities, products for pet owners with disabilities and products for service/assistance dogs.

Pets with disabilities  learn to adapt to their environment but they sometimes need an aid to make tasks easier for them.  Depending on the needs of the pet, they may benefit from

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Helpful Accessories for the iPad!

     The iPad has become an impressive tool for people with disabilities. New apps for the special needs population are developed daily to help with learning in all subject areas as well as assisting in speech and in the development of fine and gross motor skills. Different accessories are available to enable the iPad to be more accessible to those with limited movement. The iPad accessories include a mounting system,

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Apps, Apps and More Apps!!!

An incredible number of iPad apps have been developed for individuals with special needs.  The apps are able to help with anything from communication, to learning to use a switch, to increasing fine motor skills.  Based on feedback we have received from customers we have put together a list of five popular and fun apps for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and five Switch Accessible Apps.

Apps for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum:

1. Tap to Talk- Free, Communication

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Family Game Night Fun - Customized for You!

We are excited to introduce a brand new product - #9418 Learning Game Board!  The Learning Game Board has a magnetic wipe off grid that allows you to create your own games. There are large built-in activation buttons that allow a person to choose between four play spaces in front of them or the user can connect and use their own capability switches on two sides of the game board. Not only can you play dozens of fun games

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 Special Olympics

     The Special Olympics is now taking place in New Jersey until June 20th.  The Special Olympics is an empowering event for all participants, it allows the world to see the extraordinary talents these individuals have and how they are not limited by their physical or intellectual disabilities.   The event has grown to have over 3,500 incredible athletes participating in 16 different sports this year.  The Special Olympics is not only an amazing experience for the competitors but it also enriches their lives physically, mentally and socially.  Take time this week to support and watch these athletes as they compete with their peers.  For more information on the 2014 Special Olympics click here.   

Monday, June 16, 2014

Summertime Fun!

    The school year is ending which means summer is finally here and it is time for some fun summer activities!! Summer vacation is a perfect time for a child to continue learning through fun.  Exciting adapted water toys, arts & crafts, and outdoor devices, allow special needs children to work on increasing different skills while they enjoy the warm weather. Here are seven great devices

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


APE is a physical education class that has been modified appropriately for students with disabilities. It helps develop a child’s motor skills, flexibility, balance, endurance, strength and confidence.

The benefits of APE for students with disabilities include:
- Increased independence
 Participation in age appropriate activities
- Strengthening of the core
- Development of listening skills and teamwork
- Learning strategic planning and implementation
- Improved health from physical activity
- Increased coordination and cognitive functioning

We spoke with Mr. Donald C., an APE teacher

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 14th- Apraxia Awareness Day!

Today is Apraxia Awareness Day. Apraxia is a motor speech disorder where a person has trouble forming specific movements of their tongue, lips, jaw, and palate making it difficult for them to speak. Children with apraxia understand language but they have difficulty in transmitting their thoughts to create the correct muscle movements that would allow for speech.

Some early warning signs of apraxia in young children may be, but are not limited to:

- The child's first words are delayed

- The child may be leaving out sounds in the words they are trying to express

- The child has difficulty in combining sounds

- The child does does not babble at all as an infant

(More information about childhood apraxia may be found at

It is important for your child to be evaluated by a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) if you feel they  may have a speech problem. Children who are diagnosed with apraxia receive therapy to help them learn the correct muscle coordination they need to speak. Initially or in more severe cases, children will rely on other sources to help them communicate, such as Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devces (AAC) or sign language.

An AAC device such as a  7-Level Communication Builder, is a transitional communicator which allows for a child to express themselves.  The 7 Level Communication Builder gives them the opportunity to grow with the device since it can be programmed from one message to sixteen messages on different levels. Another communicator that may be used is the Visual Speech Trainer which not only allows a child to hear a pre-recorded message but it also allows them to use the attached mirror to see and imitate the movements for formulating speech.

Communication devices are helpful tools not only for children with apraxia but for any individual who needs help expressing themselves.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014