Staying Calm with a Calming Cushion

Product Review by Megan Amodeo Meltdowns can be challenging. It is often difficult to know what to do to calm children when they are overwhelmed and inconsolable. I recently had the opportunity to test and review the Bionix Calming Cushion. This device was designed to give children on the autism spectrum a way to calm their emotions during or shortly after a meltdown. The unit consists of a large rectangular cushion filled with beads (similar to a bean bag chair) and an air compressor. The cushion is about five feet in length and is a … [Read more...]

Transforming the Way to Engage with Autistic Children

They believed that they could fill the void of evidenced-based tools for children with autism and their families. They saw the need for more engaging tools that facilitate parent and child interaction. So the co-founders of the nonprofit, See Beneath, turned their their vision into reality by creating Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism, an app to help young children with autism develop to their full potential. Over 50 incredible volunteers contributed to the creation of the animated videos that are now available in an app for both Apple and … [Read more...]

Do Chewable Necklaces Help with Oral Sensory Input?

A SentioCHEWS Chewable Necklaces Product Review By Elizabeth O'Keeffe One big feature of life for many children on the autism spectrum, such as my six year old daughter Melon, is the need to gain oral sensory input through chewing. Chewing can help children with autism and/or sensory issues manage their anxiety and boredom and to better engage with the world around them. Chewing can cause problems though - damage to clothing, furniture, toys and school equipment has a financial cost, it can draw negative attention to the child in public … [Read more...]

Autism Sleep Problems and Sound Pillow

REVIEW BY MIGHTY LEAGUE MOM: Jodi Murphy My son with Aspergers Syndrome was asked to participate in a study by Sound Pillow® regarding autism sleep problems and whether or not the Sound Pillow Sleep System helped him with his sleep issues. Jonathan tends to be nocturnal and has great difficulty falling asleep. Sometimes, he'll stay up the entire night because he cannot calm or relax his mind enough to fall into slumber. An audio player, similar to an iPod, is preloaded with a variety of soothing sound tracks−nature, soft music, and white, … [Read more...]

Review: Weight of Grace Weighted Blankets

REVIEW BY MIGHTY LEAGUE MOM: Julie Farkas Brusio Weight of Grace Blankets are custom made weighted blankets for both boys and girls. The blankets come in any pattern, color scheme, and material of choice. Also, you can have your child’s name woven on the blanket if you so desire. Various materials, colors, and patterns to choose Designed to support your child’s specific height and weight Ability to personalize the blanket for your child Provides sensory input The turn-around time is extremely long and … [Read more...]

Review: The Asperkid’s Game Plan

REVIEW BY MIGHTY LEAGUE MOM: Jodi Murphy Jennifer O'Toole wins again with The Asperkid's Game Plan, and so do we−the teachers, parents, and clinicians who are looking for ways to be better communicators and educators for our special children. Every child wants to learn, especially those on the autism spectrum, and it's up to us to reach and teach them using methods that will foster their unique abilities and learning strengths. Jennifer's 'Game Plan' is insightful, empowering, and packed full of purposeful play activities that are easy to do … [Read more...]

Review: My First App – Vol. 3 Airport

REVIEW BY MIGHTY LEAGUE MOM: Gina Reed-Rivera Planning a plane ride with your young child?  Then this is a must have app!  My First App Vol.3: Airport is the perfect app to prepare your child for the excitement of airplane travel.  With its bright colors, charming illustrations and engaging games, your child will have a wonderful time familiarizing themselves with airport life. The app conssists of 4 games: A puzzle game, a matching game, a balancing ball game and a “what’s the difference” game.  Each offering several whimsicle scenes, … [Read more...]

Review: Professor Kim – What’s Missing Here?

REVIEW BY MIGHTY LEAGUE MOM: Gina Reed-Rivera Professor Kim - What's Missing Here? is a charming nautical twist on a popular children’s matching game. Designed for ages 2 to 5 years old, the app relies on images and music to communicate the progression of the game. Users are presented brightly colored graphic images of an underwater scene, beginning with three sea-related items.  Below the scene you are shown four corresponding items; the goal of the game is to select the item that is not displayed in the scene above.  When the correct item … [Read more...]

Review: Sign Me A Story

REVIEW BY MIGHTY LEAGUE MOM: Brooke Twine Sign Me A Story is a delightful animated app that uses verbal, written and signing communication to tell an engaging story "GreenBeanies - One Cool Cat" by Valerie Carter. Key words are highlighted, which are interactive, touching them takes you to a separate web-browser to demonstrate the sign for that particular word. The story is the first in a series of stories and subsequent stories can be purchased for $1.99, which is great value. My son is 7 and non-verbal so the app was a little advanced … [Read more...]