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If I Need Help
These ID tags give us peace of mind if we are out in public with our son. We put our phone numbers on the ID tag so that if he gets separated from us, we have a better chance of being reunited. I love the seatbelt tag as well, because God forbid we get in a car accident and I am unable to communicate, his tag alerts first responders that our son is autistic and they can find our emergency contacts information via the scanned image, which links to our registry with If I Need Help. Created by a family after their own horrific experience of being separated from their son in public, this company is family-run.
Our Greatest Allies: Respect, Relationship and Intervention… a Child’s Journey
This book is an example of using the respectful Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) approach. I own the Kindle copy of this book and co-author, Maude Le Roux, has played a similar role in our family!
Bean Products, Inc. Bean Bag Chairs
Learn More About DIR/Floortime from The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning!
DIR 201: Promoting Basic Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities is 14-week online course that provides a Basic DIR Certificate to successful participants. Use PROMO CODE Affect18 to SAVE $25 on your tuition! Register here.
Floortime Strategies for Promoting Development in Children and Teens: A User’s Guide to the DIR Model by Andrea Davis, Lahela Isaacson, and Michelle Harwell
A fabulous book for beginners learning how to apply DIR/Floortime, our friend and supporter Dr. Andrea Davis’ co-authored book can kickstart your Floortime practice. Read more about the book and listen to our podcast about it HERE. You can purchase the book here. Parents and educators will appreciate the appendix of developmental strategies for addressing problem behaviors. Add on an essential double-sided laminated Floortime Strategies Menu for only $4.99!
Move Play Thrive
The Brain and Sensory Foundations pre-recorded, online 8-session course for anyone from parents to professional therapists from all disciplines and more, offered by Sonia Story at Move Play Thrive, “focuses on integrating reflexes with tools from a wide variety of neurodevelopmental movement methods. We learn simple movements that give children the foundation for learning, emotional maturity, speech, language, social skills, physical strength and upright posture. The movements are ideal for teens and adults as well.“
I am in the process of working my way through the Brain and Sensory Foundations Course with our son and am happy to answer questions that anyone has. I chose Sonia Story because she has trained directly with creators of various neurodevelopmental movement programs including Rhythmic Movement Training™ and Brain Gym®, to name but a few. She truly is an expert in her field. You can see some of the results achieved from this course under the Case Studies menu here.
We use Mabel’s Labels to identify our son’s items that go to school. “Whether you need to label your kids’ clothes or your kitchen canisters, Mabel’s Labels has all of your needs covered. Our labels are perfect for school, camp, daycare, and home.” They offer 100% satisfaction guaranteed and are dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and waterproof! They also have FREE SHIPPING to Canada and the U.S.A. Affect Autism receives a 10% commission on your purchase.
Kids Companions Chewelry
KidCompanions Chewelry is bpa, phthalate, lead and latex free chew necklaces made for children to adults. SentioCHEWS are more durable than other chew necklaces often found on the market made of generic silicone. Both lines of chew necklaces are made in Canada, sourced in USA and Canada of FDA approved materials, and CE marked to EU standards.
Fun and Function
Fun and Function has toys and tools for kids with sensory challenges including chewies, cushions, seating, blankets, clothing, fidgets, weighted products, swings, balls, crash mats, trampolines, and so much more!
Forbrain® is an innovative headset that improves auditory and sensory processing by retraining the brain. Based on years of research in neuroscience and the auditory process, this easy-to-use device has the potential to aid in the improvement of attention, memory and sensory stimulation. One of the values of Forbrain is that it can be used anywhere. We own a headset ourselves and can answer any questions you have. Use our link to purchase your headset and save 10% on your purchase!
SOUNDSORY® is a Multi-Sensory Home-Based Program that helps improve motor and cognitive abilities. The program consists of specially designed music processed with neuro-acoustic modifications as well as a series of movement-based exercises. The program consists of 30 minutes a day for 40 days.
Neuroplasticity At any age, the brain can change itself and create new connections throughout specific and repeated stimulation. The SOUNDSORY® program is designed to capture brain attention and provide strong, multi-sensory stimulation. It helps the brain reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. SOUNDSORY® establishes good foundations, from the fundamentals of sensory integration to more complex cognitive functions. Use our link and save 10% on your purchase!