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Successful Summer Celebrations
Summer is a time to unwind, relax and have a bit of fun. Children with special needs may be thrown off balance with the change of routine and added family celebrations. But rather than throw in the towel and not attend these festivities, a little planning and a little creativity can make for a successful gathering. As you plan your summer celebrations, think about these quick pick ideas for making them fun for everyone. Create and bring a travel bag of tricks that have the comforts of home. Small fidget toys, like Tangles may give kids the confidence they need to socialize with others. Plan a place for downtime should the party get rowdy. A quiet time activity like Rush Hour® Jr by Thinkfun, Inc. used in a quiet corner of the house may help children soothe and calm themselves. Thinkfun products include bags to store pieces and parts to every game!
Party foods are often a part of the festivities but with uncontrolled eating or policing, kids can go overboard with foods that will affect allergies, attention, anxiety, mood and energy. Create your own “approved” snacks in fun bite-size shaped pieces with FunBites® cutters. They’ll easily cut bread, watermelon, cheese and burgers! If your kids are reticent and less likely to jump into the conversations, give them a “job” to do. Being a photographer can help with awkward family conversations and social scenarios. The Polaroid Instant Print 300 camera not only lets kids capture the moments, but can also deliver the goods with instant photos to share. Bring along an active game that’s easy to learn and fun to play. Magic Moves®Electronic Wand by Educational Insights is the perfect ice breaker for kids to get acquainted. As kids play and interpret movement, they’ll soon be wiggling and giggling together.
For more play ideas and toys for children with special needs go to www.ableplay.org. This website was created by the National Lekotek Center to encourage children of all abilities to experiences the beneﬁts of play. Find us on Facebook. Reviewed by Ellen Metrick, Director of Industry Relations &Partnerships, National Lekotek Center; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Crosswind Concepts Freedom Chair
The Crosswind Concepts Freedom Chair works great to transport wheelchair users across difficult and rough surfaces. Sand, dirt, twigs, snow, and rocks won’t slow down the Freedom Chair. This easy-to-use device allows wheelchair users access to trails, beaches, camping and paths making outdoor fun possible and more enjoyable. For transport, the lightweight (19-23 lbs.) and durable (made from aircraft grade aluminum) Freedom Chair easily folds and fits in most car trunks. The Freedom Chair can also be used in emergencies as an evacuation chair to transport people up and down stairs and can hold approximately 650 pounds. This is an all-purpose device that even has the availability of an umbrella and “beach tires”. There is almost no place it, AND YOU, can’t go.
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