Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Heads Up! Helping All Kinds of Special Kids

Heads Up! focuses on products and information designed to help learning challenged kids learn more efficiently. It's wonderful to see more companies working to meet the needs of homeschoolers with special kids who have special needs. The catalog is full of fun items that most children would enjoy, as well as products specific to certain learning needs.

I received a sampling of the vision aids, including colored frames and readers. These are available in different colors, as some respond better to the darker hues and some to the brighter. A couple of my children preferred reading without any helps (including my color blind son!). The others preferred the brighter colors, especially the yellow.

The readers are nice, my eight year old daughter liked these because they helped her to focus on one line at a time. As a struggling reader, this was extremely helpful. She was less distracted and she thought the color was helpful as well. My children are using an online math program at the moment, but I can see how the larger frames would be helpful in isolating one math problem at a time. This would be less overwhelming for students who have trouble focusing on several things at once.

The vision aids I received are available for only $1 each, so it would be well worth trying these out if you think they may be helpful to your child! I'd also recommend checking out everything Heads Up! offers, especially if you have a child with learning issues.

The Heads Up! blog, which describes itself as "A forum for discussion of all things connected with special needs learning, inattentiveness, and distractibility (or ADHD, if you prefer). Medications, Non-medicinal strategies, nutritional supplements, approaches to different learning styles, environmental modifications, educational materials.", may also prove to be a good resource. If these are areas that impact your life, check it out and let me know if you find it beneficial!

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