Monday, November 11, 2013

Words of Wisdom

Strength in persistance; A river cuts through a rock not because of it's power, but because of it's persistence. ~unknown
The struggling you do today, will develop the strength you need for tomorrow. ~ unknown
Sometimes you don't realize the weight of a burden you have been carrying, until you feel the weight of it's release. ~ unknown
The only fear you have, is fear itself. Feel the fear and do it anyways.

 Forgiving you is my gift to you; moving on is my gift to myself. ~ unknown
Some people are better left in your heart, and not in your life. ~ unknown

Relief comes after the courage to let go of what you can't change.
How people treat you is their Karma; how you react, is yours. ~ unknown

Mean and hateful people are like sandpaper. They scratch you and rub you the wrong way, but eventually you become smooth and polished while they become worn out, used up, and ugly. ~ The fighting temptations (movie)
When you judge me, you do not define me; but you do define yourself. ~ unknown
Don't mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness. ~ unknown
The bad things in life open your eyes to the good things you weren't paying attention to. ~ unknown
Be careful with your words, because once they've been said they can only be forgiven; not forgotten. ~ unknown
I'd rather lose an argument to someone, than lose someone to an argument. ~ unknown
Do not argue with a fool. He will drag you down and beat you with experience. ~ unknown
When you throw dirt, you loose ground. ~ unknown
Pay no attention to those who talk behind your back, it simply means you are two steps ahead. ~ unknown
Your character is who you are, your reputation is who others think you are. Stay true to, and focus on your character, not your reputation.
Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. ~ Rumi

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die ~ unknown
Staying quiet doesn't mean I have nothing to say, it means I don't think you're ready to hear my thoughts ~ unknown
There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you've had enough ~ unknown
If I cut you off, chances are you handed me the scissors ~ unknown

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mom approved, gift ideas for kiddos with special needs

This is an ever expanding list of gift ideas for kiddos with special needs.  If you have any suggestions, please message me or leave a comment so we can add the suggestion to the list.


Butterfly in a jar (looks too real to be fake!)

This butterfly has an amazing lifelike affect.  Minutes after taping the lid, the butterfly continues to sporadically flutters around the jar!  

Dancing water speakers
These speakers shoot water and light up (LED lighting) to the sound of music.  This is a great item for the hearing impaired, as they "see" the beats to the music! 

Fiber optic color changing burst light
Great item for slow visual processing!  With an on/off switch burst, you can add a battery interceptor and use with a switch! 

Magic jelly fish

Mylar Balloon

Pinwheel (with a fan blowing it, and a flashlight shining on it!)

Sound Sensor lighting wire ball
The balls light up with different tones of voice or music. Great for the hearing impaired, to actually "see" the sounds!  You can change to auto also, where the balls light up without sound activation. 

VTech Happy Lights Bear

V-tech record and learn photo album

Rope lights
Great visual item, that doesn't get hot, so you can place on/around child or hang around the room! 
Uncle Milton's Fireworks Light Show                                             

Smartnoggin Noggin Stik
The Smartnoggin has cause/effect changing colors, has texture, and is a rattle! It's worth the $20! 

A cause and effect, light up rattle! 

Doodle Dome 

Wheelchair lights, Underglow

Oggz is a rechargeable color-morphing egg! 

The Rotoprism.  You can change the light speed, and colors. 

Infinity Mirror                                                                                   

Bright Start Baby Light and Giggle Drum                                         
                                     Aurora Master Ocean Light                                        

This lights up the entire room/ceiling, and makes it look like you are in the ocean (if blue).  The projector also changes colors, as you wish. 


Body sock

Finger paints
A great tool for creative exploration, as well as, sensory touch input! 

Fisher Price Giggle Gang
Great cause and effect toy, that giggles like a baby when ever so slightly touched! 

Moon Sand

Great sensory item, that never dries out! Look for Moon dough too! 

Kinetic Sand
Kinetic sand never dries out, doesn't leave residue on hands, and only sticks to itself! 

oball rattle

Easy to grasp rattles! 

Sensory Balls

Seonsory Balls mega shapes

Site of Senses box~
With resonating boards, the feels and hears every little movement they make! Great cause and effect learning box for visually and hearing impaired! 

Tactile touchable squares

Wall of Senses~

Hearing/Music Therapy

Mozart Magic Cube

Chimalong Deluxe

Touch Magic Ocean Music School

Ocean Wave Drum (Remo version)

B Picoolo Carousel Bells

Musical hand pat bells

Mini Rainmaker

Fisher Price Crawl along drum

Playskool Rocktivity drum
Sensitive touch drum 

Recordable books
Record your voice, reading a story to your loved one! 

Ring around bells
Push the yellow button on the base, and the bells go in a circle to make music against the hanging ball.  This is one of Kayli's Favorite toys! 

Tone Chimes
Another of Kayli's favorites!  Tone chimes make the surrounding area vibrate!  Such a calming affect for all to enjoy! 

Wrist bells
Great cause and effect when a child moves their arm! 
Hohner kids 8" plastic Guiro makes different tones, depending on where you rub the stick against it! 

Thunder Tube 
You can control the thunder! Produces deep, vibration sounds. 

Low tone play 

The Original Big Joe Bean Bag (sold at Walmart)
This bag is a less expensive option for a crash pad.  Price is around $40.

Caterpillar musical rocker (with or without back support)

Exercise ball (to sit or bounce on, or stand against)
Great for leaning against, standing upright, or for laying on top of and rolling! 

Peanut Ball
Great for straddling, or leaning over in a crawl position 
Zero Gravity Chair 

Hanging Chaise Lounge Chair                                                         

Swing                                                                               $109 

Indoor Hammock C Stand                                                                         


Fur Friends
Fur Real friends come in an assortment of animals.  The cat is easy to pet (on back) which activates the cat to meow and walk.  It's like a switch toy without a switch!  It has an on/off button, so you could also attached a battery interceptor and use with a switch! 

Lamaze Garden Chime flowers

V-tech Learn and Dance interactive zoo

Penguin Race
Fun to watch, and great cause and effect, repetitive play! AND, you can connect it to a switch to activate! 

Lamaze Totem Pole

Magnetic, easy to stack totem pole for practicing hand/eye coordination! The individual pieces also have different textures and crackle cause/effect. 


Ark's Z-vibe helps is an oral vibrator that gives awareness and sensations for oral stimulation.