Monday, February 16, 2009

Kimochis Review and Give Away!!

If you have a child with special needs, then you know that communication can be um..how shall I say it...frustrating?....at times. Yes there is sign language, and that is something that I will forever promote. You all know how I feel about using sign language.

However there are some awesome tools out there to enhance your child's communication. Some of them are super stinking cute....

Like the Kimochi Bug!!

We were given the opportunity to review the cute little Kimochi Bug. It arrived in the cutest little box, and came with two packages of Mixed feelings. When we first got them, it was actually Chloee who fell in love with them. Of course as soon as I sat down with both her and Rhett and went over all of the feelings Rhett quickly became enthralled with it.

It took about a week or so for Rhett to learn all of the emotions. Our biggest reason for wanting to try this, is the fact that Rhett head bangs whenever he is upset about something.....anything.

So after teaching him all of the emotions, it was time to put it into action.

The next time he got upset, I pulled his bug down and asked him to pull out the "guy" (this is what he calls the feelings) and tell me what he was feeling.

He quickly searched through them and found the sleepy guy. He handed it to me and just grinned from ear to ear.

I asked him if he was sleepy...(surely he really doesn't know what this meant)....and to my surprise he told me he wanted his binky and to go night night.

...Oh it gets better. He actually went to sleep too.

Of course, he doesn't pick the correct emotion every time.

But, I have found that just pulling his bug out and asking him to look through and find a feeling guy, distracts him from the whole head banging thing. I don't think we have had more than 5 episodes of actual head banging since we got his bug.

That is huge considering he has had a permabruise on his forehead for the last year or so.

I'm hooked, and so is Rhett.....and Chloee for that matter.

I would love to see these used in Rhett's pre-school, as well as by some of the early intervention programs. I have already talked with his OT, and she thinks its a great idea. She is working on getting a grant to get some Kimochis of her very own.

Now, here's the best part. Because the people over at Kimochis are so amazing, they have offered to give a Kimochi to one of our readers!!

Winning is simple.

1. Head on over to the Kimochis website and look around. Come back here and leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Kimochi is.

2. Follow our blog, leave a comment telling me you are following.

3. Follow us on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me that you are following and that you have tweeted about out give away.

4. If you Tweet about it each day, leave a comment for each time you Tweet, with the link to your Tweet.

That's it!! Super easy. This Contest will stay open until the 28th of February, 5 pm MST.

45 comments:

Wendy Romero/Bobs and Bits said...
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Wendy Romero/Bobs and Bits said...

I like hugoctopus (sp?). I also sent out a twitter. : )

Shelly said...

I wanted to know I linked you to my blog.. No need for an entry though, let someone else who can use it get one.. Just helping you spread the word..I will save my entry for the Flip give away

:O)

K said...

That sounds like a wonderful way to communicate.

Have you heard about the Kidz blog? A mom whose blog I follow just started it and it's a pretty useful site about special needs children with a very uplifting attitude. Just thought you might be interested.

Best of luck to you in all your parenting adventures.

Welcome to SITS!

K said...

Well - I just saw the link to Kidz on your blog - sorry to be redundant with my comment.

Mrs. C said...

Hey, I'm commenting and I'm going to hit the follow button when I'm done. But I don't have a twittering machine. Can I still be entered?

I like the Cloud guy and the Octopus best. And the BUG! Aaaa. When they come out with an indecisive character, that will be me.

Ok. CLoud.

No. Octopus.

Aaa!

Can I be entered into the drawing anyway?? Please?

Carter Family said...

I love it, We have to have one for the kids and maybe we will get ride of Jacobs permabruise and Hunter's hand will finally heal!!!!!

I would have to say I love all the different emotions that you can buy aswell and not just the basics that come with your character.....

Carter Family said...

Of course we follow you on Twitter and here's my Tweet

http://twitter.com/NcCarterFamily

MaybeMama said...

I have never heard of these before, but they sound FANTASTIC. I love all the different emotions, I can't believe they even have embarrassed and guilty.

Ally in Wonderland said...

I love these!!! I had no idea they existed, but they would be SO GREAT for my kids! I love that the facial expressions are so realistic (for a non-human form). Especially for mine with autism.

Ok, my favorite shape is the bug, because he is just so darn cute!!

And I can't decide what set of emotions I like best. I almost with they had a "basic" set of happy, sad, mad, glad, etc. Mainly because those would be the first ones I'd teach and they seem to be spread out over the different packages.

Thanks for sharing them, I hope I win!!!

Ally in Wonderland said...

And I follow your blog (I always forget to add that!!!)

But I don't have twitter. :( sorry...could I tweet here everyday?? tweet tweet!!

Ally in Wonderland said...

Does it count if we blog about it? Or was that just the other one?

whatever to us said...

I like the bug and octopus but can't decide between the two,lol! These sound super neat- I follow your blog all ready and I will most likely post on my blog to help spread the word, whether an entry or not...I love letting folks know about neat products for kiddos. thanks!

Michelle said...

Ooh, no doubt my fave is the bug. How clever are these??

AP said...

i don't need an entry, I just wanted to stop in and say welcome to SITs

The Boob Nazi said...

I like the huggtopus! Future speech therapist/aunt of an autistic little boy here. Some of my clients DESPERATELY need those! I'll tweet about it too and follow you. I follow you on this blog now.

Wendy's Mom said...

Hi Pam!

I do follow your blog! I love the layout now! I also love little Rhett to Dickens!! He just a cute little stinker! LOL!!

I like the Kimochi Huggtopus!

however I am really interested in the flip so I do not want to be entered in this one! I do think it is really cute though! LOL!!

Noah's Mommy said...

How cute are these....and that is amazing how children connect with certain items...that help their emotional and communication development...Stopping by to Welcome you to SITS....so glad you are here.

Leslie said...

Very cute! I like them all too, but think the octopus is my favorite

sarah said...

Anything that helps with communication is great for us!! What an awesome way to help sort out feelings! Thanks Pam for sharing all these awesome products, what a great thing your doing! We do appreciate it!! I also ordered some of the cough syrup, I can't wait to see if it brings some relief for Braeden, we been going crazy ever since they took all the cough meds off the market. Thanks Again!

The Boob Nazi said...

Well, there is alunch for a lot of women who blog on Saturday! haha they're always fun bu.t i actually live in salt lake county now. shocking iknow! and i'm having issues with typing now. don't judge me!

Abby said...

I love the huggtopus! Thanks!
abbyandygaige@gmail.ccom

Abby said...

Following

LisaL said...

I absolutely love the little scared feeling! He is so cute!!

These would be so wonderful for my three year old that does not yet fully grasp feelings!!

LisaL said...

I follow you on twitter and I posted about your giveaway.

LisaL said...

I follow your blog, too!

Halifax said...

Is the giveaway open for non-US participants? Anyway, I like the Kimochi Cloud Box

juan_hurrican (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jamie said...

I'm so glad these little guys are working for Rhett...they are really cute too! Over from SITS to say very cute blog! Chat soon,
Jamie :-)

resplendentlife said...

The Kimochis sound great!
Welcome to SITS!!

treasuresandsnares said...

OK, I soooo LOVE these!!!! I love the line "feelings are messy", Boy Howdy aren't they!!!

Yep sign us up...Please :) I think Miss T would be a Bug... I however ...yikes would be a cloud ;) Thats just how I roll :*

Big Hugs to Mr. Rhett
Kim and Miss T

tara @ kidz said...

I love the bug. Chloe and I have a thing for butterflies!

But, sadly, I don't tweet. =(

I'm so glad it is helping with Rhett. I hope this trend continues!

Nancy Brown said...

I follow and I so need and want this. Do they have one that says my head hurts take me to the hospital

Heidi @ GGIP said...

I would like a chance to win. We know that our son may be non verbal because of his syndrome. I think this idea of having little toys to communicate is a good idea.

Thanks!

Colleen said...

I love the bug...love the concept that he is afraid to change!

The new lovey dove is adorable too!

Colleen said...

I follow

Ally in Wonderland said...

Ok, this is a downright dirty plea to win this one. I have discovered just how badly my students need to learn feelings and my fun pocket chart just isn't doing it for them. They are begging for the bug!!

Becky said...

I like the Kimochi Bug. Too cute and a great idea!
Thanks for the chance!
becky at harts dot name

Becky said...

I follow on bloglines
becky at harts dot name

Brent & Jodie said...

I love this. I so need this. Tyler also has a permabruise on his forehead from head banging. It breaks my heart when he does this. I love all of them....and you guys too. :)

Ashley said...

Huggs and Cloud are my favorite, helpful!
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Carter Family said...

Just Tweeted again...

Carter Family said...

I follow you on twitter

Carter Family said...

Follow on facebook and posted too... We are DESPERATE for this BUG!!!!!

Carter Family said...

Another Tweet

Carter Family said...

We twitted Again....

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