Save 15% on Sensory Stimulation Products!

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You can save 15% on Sensory Stimulation products starting today! We have everything from weighted blankets to fidgets to sensory sand finger paint to quiet corners!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the products we have available for 15% off through August 14!

The Time Tracker® Mini (AP6909) helps develop time managements kills with its uniquie visual and auditory timer.

Our new Fashion Fleece Weighted Vests come in red or blue and have three different size choices. These weighted fleece vests can be used to calm and provide great sensory input for children. Fidgets are also sewn into the pocket to help calm the sensory system.

Our exclusive Cushy Bean Pads (AP9300) come in a four-piece set and provides a choice of textures! Provide tactile and proprioceptive input with thse pads. Each pad is made of a soft, flexible plastic and is covered in three different textures: plushy Sherpa fleece, smooth sateen, and corduroy.

Our Sensory Stimulation sale lasts through August 14th, so don’t miss out! Shop now at www.Achievement-Products.com and use code APSALE2 when you check out!

Save 15% on All Air Cushions!

Air cushions are perfect for children who cannot sit still! These cushions provide the “squirmy” child with the means to meet his or her movement needs in a chair without disrupting the learning environment.

Through July 31, you can save 15% on all Air Cushions! The offer is good while supplies last so don’t miss out!

See below for more information!
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Biting and Chewing from a Sensory Perspective

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Sensory integration can loosely be defined as our ability to register and react to input from our environment across all sensory domains. However, the three particular senses that most affect our sensory integration are the touch (tactile), pressure or body awareness (proprioceptive), and movement (vestibular) senses. Oral motor input, such as biting, sucking, blowing or chewing, affects two of these three senses and is often used (mostly unknowingly) by people of all ages for altering our state of alertness.

With respect to sensory input, depending on the item being used, biting and chewing can meet the sensory needs of two of the three sensory categories (tactile and proprioceptive) and can therefore be a very powerful therapeutic tool. In addition, biting and chewing can be both alerting and calming and are therefore a useful modality for children (or adults) who are both hyper- and hyposensitive to sensory input.

Different textures, flavors and temperatures can be used to enhance the experience. For example, crunchy items tend to increase alertness, while softer, smoother textures show a tendency to increase the calming effect. Flavors such as sour, spicy and bitter will also enhance alertness, whereas sweeter flavors, or flavors such as mint, tend to produce a calming effect. Similarly, warmer temperature will tend to have a calming effect, while colder temperatures tend to be alerting.

Take a look at some of these Oral Motor Therapy products:
Oral Motor Starter Kit (APOM8)
Sensachew DogTag Chewable Pendants (AP5504, AP5502, AP5503)
3″ Buddy Pendand with Necklace (AP5506)
Super Chewnoodles™ (AP11004)
Red Knobby Super Chew (AP92166)
Vibrating Teether (AP246)

*This post was written by Scott Russo and was brought to you by Achievement Products®.

Favorite Product Review! Textured Grabber XT

Textured Grabber XT

Item # AP3662

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“Easy To Store, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Durable, ‘Soothing!'”

“My grandson has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and has a tendency to bite his hands when upset or excited. Give him the grabber xt and his attention is immediately focused to chewing not biting.” – A satisfied Achievement Products Costumer

Product Overview:
Our popular chew tool now comes with 3 different textured surfaces! Each surface serves to add extra tactile sensations to the lips, cheeks, gums, and tongue. Can also be used to assist in transitioning individuals with sensory issues from puree to textured foods. It is sure to spark the interest of all age groups. For added interest try the scented versions. An XT version is also available for individuals who exert more jaw pressure. FDA approved. No latex.

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Activity Guide – Gel Spiral Pad

The team at Achievement Products asked our consultant, Occupational Therapist Scott Russo, to provide some activity suggestions for incorporating some of our favorite items into daily classroom activities or curriculum. Scott has provided some really great and creative ways to use items (that may have been originally designed for typically developing children), in special needs environments. Today we will look at the Gel Spiral Pad.

 

Introduction:

The Gel Spiral Pad provides a fantastic overall sensory experience while increasing finger and hand strength, and improving visual-motor control. The texture of the gel combined with its bright but soothing colors provides the perfect combination of tactile and visual input in a non-threatening manner to the sensory defensive child. The gel provides resistance for finger and hand strengthening as well a visual-motor challenge as the child tries to maneuver the embedded plastic pieces through the maze.

Activity Ideas:

  • Use the pad for sensory exploration. Have the child free play with fingers and palms across the surface of the pad. Cool the pad in a refrigerator before use for increased sensory input.
  • Place the Gel Spiral Pad on a light table for added visual stimulation, to reduce boredom and increase attention span.
  • Use the pad to develop finger isolation and strength. Indicate a finger for use on each hand and have the child use only that finger to move the plastic pieces, or simply to trace the spirals. Switch fingers at random intervals or when fatigue is noticed.
  • Time the child and see how fast he/she can get the plastic pieces through the maze.

IncredibleFoam® Dough: Delightful, No Mess Art

This post is authored by Anna Reyner, a registered art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist. Anna is a nationally recognized arts advocate that has conducted over 500 hands-on art workshops for learners of all abilities. Follow Anna’s blog at Art and Creativity in Early Childhood Education.
Special Needs Application:
IncredibleFoam® Dough is a wonderfully tactile product for sensory seekers.


IncredibleFoam® Dough is a light modeling compound (think substitute for clay) that’s wonderful to touch, squish, and sculpt into 3-Dimensional Art. It comes in dozens of colors and it’s an inspiration for creative young minds, like 4 year old Jordan pictured here. Does he look proud of himself or what? Jordan came up with this idea on his own, by pressing several colors of Foam Dough onto an 11″ x 17” piece of construction paper, then later gluing down the pieces with white glue so they’d stick.

Foam Dough also makes a great Small Group Activity, as illustrated by this collaborative artwork. A small cluster of school age students created a picture by working together and Foam Dough to start, and they were asked to work cooperatively to decide on a theme and create one unified picture. I loved the result, as well as the teamwork it inspired.

Other 3-D figures and sculptures can be created in simple or more complex fashion, depending on a child’s age and interests. We’ve created them here on paper plates so they’re easier to carry around, and they can later be glued down onto the paper if desired.

Whether you apply Foam Dough to paper, or shape it into a freestanding 3-D sculpture, it looks great and is always easy and fun to work with. And did I mention it doesn’t make a mess? Foam Dough is soft to touch, and makes a great substitute for traditional play dough and clay. Unlike other clays and dough, it’s virtually mess-free and can be re-used again and again. it never dries out, trust me it’s true, you can even leave it out on the counter for a days and days and its consistency will not alter one little bit. Moreover, foam dough is the perfect sensory play material and exercises important cognitive skills as well as eye-hand-brain coordination. Sensory stimulation is so important in early childhood education, and this is one new sensory play product that you’re sure to love.
Foam Dough is also completely open ended so it brings out children’s natural creativity. IncredibleFoam® Dough holds lots of discoveries. It even floats! Imagine making little boats for your sand and water table.

The IncredibleFoam® Dough Classroom Pack is my favorite, since the color cubes are a delight to look at and easy to distribute. But, you can also purchase IncredibleFoam® Dough in a larger Set of 7 Basic Colors or a smaller Sampler Pack. However you try it, you’re guaranteed a lot of active learning and pure sensory delight!