Archive for November, 2015

{Giveaway & Review} Casey’s Bright Red Christmas

Caseys Book Giveaway

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Check out Casey’s Bright Red Christmas, a new fun addition to the OMazing Kids collection of Christmas books, and then enter for a chance to win your own copy! I love the bright cheerful illustrations, farm theme with the main character being female, message of helping & the extra touches (illustrated end sheets, spot for “this book belongs to” & “favorite cookie” and the recipe for frosted sugar cookies). I have a couple of patients with Autism who have a high interest in farms / farm equipment so I’m sure they are going to love this book!

Casey’s Bright Red Christmas (Written by Holly Dufek, Illustrated by Paul E. Nunn | Octane Press | Ages 4-8 | 32 pages | Hardcover | $14.99)
It’s Christmas time at Happy Skies Farm! Tillus the worm, Big Red, Sammy and the rest of the team are excited to celebrate the season. But Casey the farmer is busy working: feeding animals, repairing fences and planning for the year ahead. With so much to do, Casey wonders if she’ll have time to prepare for the holidays. That’s when Tillus and the team unite to make this Christmas extra special for their busy friend.

Published by Octane Press, known for their award-winning tractor books, “Casey & Friends” uses photos of CASE IH equipment in real farming situations with cartoon characters to explain how modern farm equipment works in a factual and fun way. Author Holly Dufek, a seasoned educator and national curriculum writer, joins Paul Nunn, Licensed Artist for Disney and Lucas Film, to help kids make the connection with the farm equipment they see in the countryside and the food on their table.

 

  • Series:Casey and Friends (Book 5)
  • Hardcover:32 pages
  • Publisher:Octane Press (October 1, 2015)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1937747611
  • ISBN-13:978-1937747619
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.1 x 0.3 inches

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Here’s a peek inside the book:

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More about “Casey & Friends” books at www.prbythebook.com/holly-dufek.

https://www.facebook.com/prbythebook/

https://twitter.com/prbythebook/

http://www.prbythebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/CaseyFriends_Press-Pack-8.31.pdf

 

 

Author: https://www.facebook.com/hollydufek.author/ & https://www.facebook.com/CaseyAndFriendsBooks/

https://www.facebook.com/hollydufek.author/videos/vb.638457236290049/687571441378628/?type=2&theater

 

List price: $14.99

 

Purchase at:

http://www.amazon.com/Caseys-Bright-Christmas-Casey-Friends/dp/1937747611

 

(Amazon special – Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Restrictions apply. Learn more )

 

Also available at: https://octanepress.com/book/caseys-bright-red-christmas

**** This giveaway is CLOSED. Congratulations to Ana Brito. *****

Easy Entry Form (be sure you are on the original blog post for the entry form to show up. Previews in e-mail often don’t show it):

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  • Only entries with all required information will be valid. The info comes to me directly via e-mail & is ONLY used for the purposes of selecting winners and distributing prizes.
  • Helpful Info & Tips: Folks had requested a simpler entry option. I tried Rafflecopter but most folks did not enter an address so now I’m trying this online contact form instead. I will be hand selecting winners to insure products end up in the hands of folks who will put them to the best use. Briefly tell me how winning this would help you & the kids. I take the time to read each entry so details count. It doesn’t have to be lengthy…. just heart-felt.
  • If you experience any problems with the entry form in this blog post, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry problems.
  • Each “giveaway” is handled separately on OMazing Kids. So there are no rules prohibiting previous winners from entering this or future giveaways. I really do read every entry in every giveaway carefully to insure that the products end up in the best hands to impact kids lives.

 

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CST on December 1, 2015.

 

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Only USA entries are allowed for this particular giveaway. 
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via entries may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Only entries with all required information will be valid.
  • The winner will be chosen from valid entries on December 2, 2015.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • The prize will be mailed to the winner using the address submitted in the entry form. OMazing Kids is not responsible for items lost in the mail or for inaccuracies in the mailing address. I copy & paste the info directly from what you submit << so PLEASE proof read your entry for accuracy before submitting it…. in the era of iPhone auto correction these errors happen pretty frequently>>
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the author and she will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners. After I e-mail the winner’s info to the company, it is their responsibility to mail out prizes. Please contact them first if you are concerned about not receiving a prize. If that does not resolve the problem, then feel free to e-mail me and I will glad to assist in whatever way I can.

 

Prize Value: $14.99.

 

1 winner will receive one copy of this hardback book

 

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids book but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff… This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

 

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

 

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below this note. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

 

{Giveaway & Review} Kwik Stix Paint Sticks…. super cool & mess-free!

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Wow! The Kwik Stix paint sticks are really cool! It’s rare for me to break out the paints during a speech-language therapy session due to the time it takes to set up, potential for spills, kids having difficulty holding/using a paintbrush, dealing with the frustrations of the paint being too runny or mingling into a blob of “who-on earth-knows-what-color-that-is?!”, time it takes to clean up and the finished creation taking forever to dry.  Well Kwik Stix is the perfect solution to all those worries! These will be getting a lot of use in OMazing Kids speech therapy 🙂

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The company sent me a classroom set to try out and here’s what I love about them:

 

  • Vivid colors that glide easily onto the paper. Looks & feels similar to a large oil pastel.
  • The shape of the paint stick tip allowed for writing as well as broader strokes.
  • How fast they “dry”. They never really felt “wet” and there are no worries about it bleeding through or wrinkling the paper but it was definitely smudgeproof in less than 90 seconds.
  • Easy to open, twist, hold & use. Kids are used to “glue sticks” and these work in the same way.
  • Affordable. A set of 12 is only $11.99 (about a $1 per stick). If you work with large groups of kids, the price on Amazon.com for the classroom set of 96 is currently only $74.42 (.77 per stick).
  • Certified as “non-toxic” by the Art And Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI). This is important when purchasing art supplies and was something I wanted to know before agreeing to do this review. {Of course you still want to supervise any use of craft products and prevent them from being licked or eaten…. when you work with kids with special needs you are well aware that oral exploration of items can extend way beyond the infant & toddler years}

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The Kwik Stix paint sticks are essentially the same size as a standard glue stick. They are easy for most kids to hold but if you work with kids with special needs that need an adapted way to hold it you could insert one into a cut off piece of pool noodle (see my pic below) or make a holder out of a plastic milk jug handle (see instructions here: http://www.theoatc.org/resources/milkjughandle.asp).

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Kwik Stix flier

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Check out this promo video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JCOBOn20YQ

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Check out the company’s website & social media sites for more info:

Website:  http://www.thepencilgrip.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thepencilgrip

Pinterest:   https://www.pinterest.com/KwikStixPaint

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ThePencilGrip

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Where to purchase:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Pencil-Grip-Tempera-TPG-602/dp/B013HO4OR0

Classroom-sized set: http://www.amazon.com/The-Pencil-Grip-Tempera-TPG-696/dp/B013HO4OCA

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GIVEAWAY: Intrigued? Want to win a 12-piece set of Kwik Stix? Here’s your chance:

*** This Giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner of the 1st Prize: Yvette Knapp. 12 additional winners were selected for the Pencil Grip Sampler packet. All winners info has been e-mailed to the company to mail out the prizes ****

Easy Entry Form (be sure you are on the original blog post for the entry form to show up. Previews in e-mail often don’t show it):

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  • Only entries with all required information will be valid. The info comes to me directly via e-mail & is ONLY used for the purposes of selecting winners and distributing prizes.
  • Helpful Info & Tips: Folks had requested a simpler entry option. I tried Rafflecopter but most folks did not enter an address so now I’m trying this online contact form instead. I will be hand selecting winners to insure products end up in the hands of folks who will put them to the best use. Briefly tell me how winning this would help you & the kids. I take the time to read each entry so details count. It doesn’t have to be lengthy…. just heart-felt.
  • If you experience any problems with the entry form in this blog post, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry problems.
  • Each “giveaway” is handled separately on OMazing Kids. So there are no rules prohibiting previous winners from entering this or future giveaways. I really do read every entry in every giveaway carefully to insure that the products end up in the best hands to impact kids lives.

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CST on November 29, 2015 .

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Only USA entries are allowed for this particular giveaway. 
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via entries may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Only entries with all required information will be valid.
  • The winner will be chosen from valid entries on November 30, 2015.

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1st Prize  — 1 winner will get one Kwik Stix 12pk (Assorted Colors)  (worth $11.99, http://www.amazon.com/The-Pencil-Grip-Tempera-TPG-602/dp/B013HO4OR0)

 

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2nd Prize  — 12 winners will each get one Pencil Grip Sampler packet:

I will select the 2nd prize winners from the entries for the Kwik Stix…. so there is not a separate entry form 🙂

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  • The winners will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • The prize will be mailed to the winner using the address submitted in the entry form. OMazing Kids is not responsible for items lost in the mail or for inaccuracies in the mailing address. I copy & paste the info directly from what you submit << so PLEASE proof read your entry for accuracy before submitting it…. in the era of iPhone auto correction these errors happen pretty frequently>>
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the author and she will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners. After I e-mail the winner’s info to the company, it is their responsibility to mail out prizes. Please contact them first if you are concerned about not receiving a prize. If that does not resolve the problem, then feel free to e-mail me and I will glad to assist in whatever way I can.

Prize Value: $11.99.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a set of kids paint sticks but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff… This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below this note. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

 

{Review} Fortsy Forts

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Have you seen the cool Fortsy Forts? Their Kickstarter campaign was a success. Good news for those who missed the opportunity to preorder as part of that campaign….. They have a few extra forts available for purchase in 2 choices:
* Castle
* Pretty Playhouse

I received a prototype of the Fortsy Tower and was impressed with how easy & quick it was to set it up and to take it down. It really did set up in less than 2 minutes. I love the vivid colorful design & that the fabric allows light in. Really cool design! Anyone looking for a play fort that is easy to set up and can be stored in a small carrying bag should seriously consider a Fortsy Fort. I can’t wait to see all the options they come out with in the future.

Order inquiries can be e-mailed to fortsyforts@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/FortsyForts/

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.
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NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below this note. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

{Free Kids Affirmations} Check out these freebies from Kids in Harmony

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Check out the free printable kids affirmations advent calendar from Kids in Harmony. Their app is going to remain FREE through 12/4/15. Be sure to get both the iPhone & iPad versions of the app while they are free.

See more about the app in this post: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/pb.174264525957894.-2207520000.1448163788./1032795390104799/?type=3&theater

http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e49099e13e7d998fc464cf0c9&id=06c1a4398d&e=090bc0efba

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

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NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below this note. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

{Giveaway & Review} Harmony Kids Adventures in Imagination Kids Yoga DVD

 

Harmony Kids Yoga DVD Giveaway

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Harmony Kids presents their first Kids Yoga DVD…Adventures in Imagination!

This fun-filled Kids Yoga DVD introduces children to all of the amazing benefits of yoga! Four adventures take children on a journey of discovery into the wonderful world of yoga. The DVD contains four lessons: Let’s Play Yoga, Magic in the Garden, Adventure Under the Sea, Explorers in the Jungle.

Each lesson has the following structure:

  • Welcome Song
  • Lesson Theme with special word
  • Breathwork
  • Warm Up
  • Yoga Poses
  • Yoga Dance Game
  • Relaxation
  • Closing Song
*Bonus Feature: Insider Kids Yoga tips for Teachers and Parents!
When to use this DVD:
* To calm and center kids
* To burn off excess energy
* To ease stress and anxiety
* To improve focus and concentration

The perfect brain and body break for home or classrooms. Children ages 3+

Kids Yoga: Reduces stress and anxiety, builds flexibility and strength, introduces mindfulness for self-regulation, positive social-emotional development, improves balance, coordination and concentration. Increases overall feelings of health and well-being.

“Kids of all ages will love this fun, clearly presented and engaging Yoga program!” Pat Kelly, Retired Elementary School Teacher

FREE SHIPPING AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME! (CANADA AND USA ONLY)

Approximate running time: 44 minutes

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Harmony Kids Yoga DVD intro screen

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DVD preview:

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Here’s what I love about the DVD:

  • Lovely Harmony in My Heart song at the beginning & end of each lesson.
  • Simple “special word” theme for each lesson (gentle, peace, bloom & let it flow).
  • Music in the background is usually subtle & fits the mood of that lesson.
  • Pretty painted backdrop scenes.
  • Cheerful engaging yoga teacher going at a good pace.
  • Several unique ideas that I had not seen in other kids yoga DVDs or books that I have in my collection. Love the “yoga breathing slinky” (similar to what I do with a Hoberman Sphere but a little different and more easily implemented in classrooms or homes since most folks have a slinky or could easily get one at Dollar Tree or similar discount stores), hilarious squeezing the pizza sauce / sunscreen breath, gathering seeds from the toes, watching the bumblebee fly breath, etc.  Kids yoga DVDs are an inexpensive way for Kids Yoga Teachers to get new ideas and then to have a resource to loan out to parents who want to try yoga at home with their child.
  • Each lesson follows the same structure. This helps set a yoga routine & is especially helpful for kids who thrive on predictability (ex: kids with Autism, anxiety or other special needs).
  • You can go directly to any section of a lesson to create your own “mini lesson”… perfect for a mini yoga break!
  • Great info in the Insider Kids Yoga tips for Teachers and Parents section. Love the messages of letting the child join in at their own pace and keeping kids yoga fun.

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Where to purchase (price at the time of this post regular price $27.99 -> on sale for $24.99 with free shipping in Canada & USA. Sale price & free shipping offer is good through 12/15/15): http://shop.harmonykidsyoga.com/products/harmony-kids-yoga-dvd

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Be sure to check out their website & social media sites for other products & fun ideas for kids yoga:

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Here’s your chance to win a copy:

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GIVEAWAY: This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to the 3 winners: Elizabeth Harding, Cheryl Donlan & Anzelle Smit! Your info has been e-mailed to the company to mail out the prizes. 

 

Easy Entry Form (be sure you are on the original blog post for the entry form to show up. Previews in e-mail often don’t show it):

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  • Only entries with all required information will be valid. The info comes to me directly via e-mail & is ONLY used for the purposes of selecting winners and distributing prizes.
  • Helpful Info & Tips: Folks had requested a simpler entry option. I tried Rafflecopter but most folks did not enter an address so now I’m trying this online contact form instead. I will be hand selecting winners to insure products end up in the hands of folks who will put them to the best use. Briefly tell me how winning this would help you & the kids. I take the time to read each entry so details count. It doesn’t have to be lengthy…. just heart-felt.
  • If you experience any problems with the entry form in this blog post, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry problems.
  • Each “giveaway” is handled separately on OMazing Kids. So there are no rules prohibiting previous winners from entering this or future giveaways. I really do read every entry in every giveaway carefully to insure that the products end up in the best hands to impact kids lives.

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CST on November 24, 2015 .

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Worldwide entries are allowed for this particular giveaway. 
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via entries may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Only entries with all required information will be valid.
  • The winner will be chosen from valid entries on November 25, 2015.

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3 winners will each receive one copy of this kids yoga DVD

  • The winners will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • The prize will be mailed to the winner using the address submitted in the entry form. OMazing Kids is not responsible for items lost in the mail or for inaccuracies in the mailing address. I copy & paste the info directly from what you submit << so PLEASE proof read your entry for accuracy before submitting it…. in the era of iPhone auto correction these errors happen pretty frequently>>
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the author and she will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners. After I e-mail the winner’s info to the company, it is their responsibility to mail out prizes. Please contact them first if you are concerned about not receiving a prize. If that does not resolve the problem, then feel free to e-mail me and I will glad to assist in whatever way I can.

Prize Value: $27.99.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids yoga DVD but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff… This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below this note. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

{Social Skills App Giveaway & Review}: The Social Bunch: Perspectives iPad app

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I am loving this new The Social Bunch: Perspectives app by First Words (https://appsto.re/us/JL9H9.i; $8.99 -> will be on sale for $4.99 from November 12-14, 2015; iPad only)!

Fabulous illustrations & voiceovers. Love that each scene has several different questions from the various perspectives and that the app uses errorless teaching strategies with no aversive/negative feedback for wrong answers, has a pause button to allow discussion about the scene, a repeat button to allow the voiceover to be replayed and has built in “wait” visual feedback if kids start rapidly tapping on the screen. Very well thought out app designed by a SLP with a specialty in working with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This app is very unique and will be quite helpful in my work with kids with ASD. I provided the following feedback to the app developer: It would be great to have a brief tutorial video within the app itself. I loved the idea of being able to draw on the scenes of the app to draw attention to the face, arrow towards what that child is thinking about and adding thought bubbles. Doing this via screenshots in the Paper 53 app is a cool idea but it would be way cooler to be able to do this within the app itself by having a drawing tools area pop up when the app is paused. Thinking of future app updates, it would also be awesome to be able to set up multiple users, track data within the app and e-mail results (many SLPs love those features).

Be sure to watch the overview video. It has great info about the app & ideas for using it: http://youtu.be/UHZt9bMX5KQ

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Idea to import screenshots into the Paper 53 app so you can draw attention to details:

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GIVEAWAY

Want to win a copy of this app? I have 9 iOS promo codes to give away over on my OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/a.562317480485928.1073741841.174264525957894/1032221810162157/?type=3&theater

Entry Deadline: Friday, 11/13/15, at 9:00pm CST. Depending on the number of entries received, it may take a day or so to verify them and to announce the winners/distribute the codes via Facebook Messaging.

About the app: The Social Bunch: Perspectives helps teach perspective taking and inferencing to students with social language challenges. These skills can be especially challenging for individuals with Autism and other related conditions.

Professionally drawn illustrations are used to teach the idea that different characters can be thinking (and saying) different things at the same time. Five characters are featured within 5 different backgrounds (beach, cafeteria, classroom, bus stop, & playground). Users are asked who might be thinking or saying a particular thought. Sixty scenes containing almost 180 questions (with more planned for the future) are included in this app! Ten different reward animations can be set to appear at different intervals.

All that is required to respond is a touch on the correct character. This app is ideally used with the guidance of an adult (ideally trained in working with social skills).

The Social Bunch: Perspectives was created by speech-language pathologist Jeff Stepen, MS/CCC-SLP. He is a speech-language pathologist with over 17 years of experience in the field of communication disorders. His experience spans infancy to geriatrics. Autism is an area of particular interest for Jeff.

Website: http://www.thesocialbunch.co
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesocialbunchapps/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SocialBunchApp

#ASHA15 #SLPeeps #SpecialNeeds #Autism #SLPblogger #ASHAblogger

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps and tech products to use with kids of all abilities.

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{Smarty Ears App Giveaway & Review}: Go Sequencing iPad app

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Go Sequencing App Review & Giveaway

Smarty Ears apps are some of my faves as a busy SLP. I can count on them to be well designed & to be customizable to meet the needs of a wide variety of patients. Here are some of the features that make this new Go Sequencing app great:

  • Includes 13 Levels and 3-step, 4-step, 5-step and 6-Step Sequences with varying levels of complexity within each of those.
  • Placeholders for the sequence pics. This makes it clear that there is a specific spot to drag the pics to.
  • The sequences are kid-friendly and you can customize the sequence database by toggling on/off specific activity sequences.
  • Option to set up multiple users & track data. You can use the app with 1 to 5 users at a time and each user can be at a different level.
  • Includes three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • The option to create your own custom sequences. This will be great for including pictures of high interest items for that particular child and sequences that are meaningful in the context of their daily routines.
  • Lots of customization settings.
  • Multicultural illustrations & high quality voiceover.

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Here are a few screenshots from inside the app to give you a feel for it:

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I only ran into two things that were small concerns as I tested out the app on my iPad Air running iOS 8.4. I’ve already messaged them to the app developer and am guessing that they can be easily fixed in a future app update:

  • I couldn’t add a user photo. Of course I can still use the avatars but many of my patients love seeing themselves within an app. I tried a hard reboot on my iPad but it didn’t resolve the issue. I don’t know if this is an issue on other versions of the iOS operating system. (I am specifically holding off on updating my main therapy iPad to iOS 9 until Apple works out the issues with Guided Access and all of my AAC apps have been update to be compatible).
  • When dragging the final step into a sequence the last part of the voiceover is cut off by the “very good” feedback. It would be nice for the voiceover to finish playing before the feedback plays. The same thing happens when tapping a picture before the voiceover is finished on the one before it.

That’s one of my favorite things about apps. Good app developers are open to feedback and are quick to roll out updates to fix them. They also often add new app content. Where else do you buy something and then get free updates to the newest version? Cool huh?!

Read all about the app on their website: http://smartyearsapps.com/service/sequencing/

App Tutorial: https://vimeo.com/135357898

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giveaway

Want a chance to win a copy of this fabulous new app? Head over to this post on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The giveaway is being hosted there: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/a.562317480485928.1073741841.174264525957894/1030260393691632/?type=3&theater

I have 1 iOS code to giveaway. (https://appsto.re/us/T0KP7.i, $14.99 -> currently reduced to $10.99, iPad only).

Entry Deadline: Sunday, 11/8/15, at 6:00pm CST. Depending on the number of entries received, it may take a day or so to verify them and to announce the winner & distribute the code to them via Facebook Messaging.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities

Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

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Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps and tech products to use with kids of all abilities.

 

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