5 products for families with special needs

Five products your kids might love, as reviewed by the National Parenting Product Awards, which has been giving its stamp of approval on new products for 29 years.

SchKIDules 2-in-1 Home Bundle Visual Schedule

Best for ages: 3+

This colorful tool for parents and kids to use together offers positive behavioral support, displaying everything from simple “first-then” boards to routines, daily schedules and reward charts. $42.99. 

MobyMax Suite

Best for ages: 5-14

Designed to help find and fix missing skills for kids with learning challenges, this suite of assistive technology innovations offers a complete K-8 curriculum for 27 subjects, including math, reading, phonics, language, vocabulary, spelling, writing, science, social studies and state test prep. Pricing details available online, grades K-8. 

Coping Cue Cards Relaxation Deck

Best for ages: 4+

These 44 beautifully illustrated cards offer simple strategies to help children calm down and relax. Easy-to-implement strategies include: “Focus your eyes on one object or spot,” “Hug a stuffed animal,” and “Take a shower or bubble bath.” $24.99.

The ABCs of Learning Issues

Available in English and Spanish, this practical guide helps parents understand common learning disabilities and behaviors they may observe at home and hear about from teachers. It offers effective teaching strategies for school and home. $39.99.

“Kitty Cat Under My Wheelchair” by Steve Pullara & His Cool Beans Band

This imaginative musical CD introduces Jamey, who loves his cat and new puppy. Getting around in his wheelchair has its challenges, but Jamey shows us how much fun summer can be, playing at the park, splashing in a pool, whale watching and catching fireflies. $10,

Elena Epstein is the director of NAPPA Awards, celebrating the best in family products for 29 years. For more reviews, visit nappaawards.com

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