Thursday, February 19, 2009

Heads UP!

If you have a special needs learner, an wiggly learner, or even just a regular active child, you need to check out Heads Up! They have some AWESOME products!!!

From the company website: Heads Up! is a company designed to provide expert information and products for special needs children. Our items have been selected to accommodate various learning styles and strengths, regardless of curriculum used. These special needs products have been found to be especially helpful for children who are distractible or hyperactive.

I was sent several products to help with reading. Top of the Line and Double Time are reading aids with a highlighted strip (Blue or yellow) on top of a grayed out area. This lets you focus on one (or two) lines at a time. They are $1 each.

Colored frames come in a variety of colors and help focus the eyes on a certain area of the page so it isn't as overwhelming. They come in two sizes and are also $1.

The final product I was able to test were Heads Up! readers. These are about the size of a regular bookmark, with a highlight strip of color between two strips of gray. They come in 6 colors or clear and are $1 each.

These products were especially helpful for my son with sensory integration disorder and possible dyslexia (but both of the boys liked using them). In the past, he has complained about his eyes burning when he reads or that the letters are "moving." Depending on the light different colors worked best, but he seemed to gravitate toward the blue and red/pink colors and away from the yellow.

I have also gleaned several other great ideas from the Heads Up! website and have several items on my wishlist for the future. If you have a child who is struggling to read or dislikes reading, I highly recommend trying some of these readers. (My fluent reader liked them also).

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