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