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Debunking four common steryotypes about kids with special needs

Often what is known about disabled children comes from television and movies. This information often is false and exaggerated and leads people to believe in stereotypes. Stereotypes can be destructive to the relationships between children and new, inexperienced caregivers.

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"Sea- Through" Pat Mat

Note: Review only, product no longer for sale.

Brightly coloured plastic shapes bob and move at the slightest touch.

See-through fish-bowl shaped plastic mat is filled with water and colourful floating shapes. Try filling the Pat Mat with cool and then warm water for an exciting sensory activity The temperature variations make this toy even more interesting to children with visual impairments. Latex-free.

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"Sea- Through" Pat Mat

Typical Access Profile

Auditory

Normal
Low
Extremely Low
Not Using Hearing
Hyper-Acute

Vision

Normal
Low
Extremely Low
Not Using Vision

Gross Motor

All
Some
Few
Not Using Gross Motor

Fine Motor

All
Some
Few
Not Using Fine Motor

Developmental Age Range

0 - 2
3 - 5
6 - 8
9 - 12
13 and Over

Language

Typical
Some Spoken
Receptive Only
Sign
Assistive/Augmentitive
Not Using Language
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Take extra care handling kids with hypotonia!

Children with hypotonia (low muscle tone) often have loose ligiments supporting their joints. Extra care must be taken not to pull too hard on children's limbs. For example - If a child who can't stand independantly is pulled to stand by the hands, it is possible to dislocate a shoulder or elbow. Any tender, swollen, or protected joints in children with hypotonia should be seen by a doctor right away!

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