Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

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Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

New Products

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Talking Barney is a switch-activated toy designed for use by children with upper extremity disabilities. This soft, stuffed purple dinosaur says hundreds of phrases. The toy is adapted for use with one or two switches (batteries not included). Speech activation buttons in the hands and stomach remain functional for use without switches. Batteries are included.

Access First, PO Box 3990, Glen Allen, VA 23058-3990; (888) 606-6769; E-mail:; Web site:


The Step-by-Step Communicator 75 with Levels is a combination touch switch and direct-selection communicator designed for use by individuals with physical, cognitive, and communication disabilities. The communicator is activated by pressing the switch surface and offers 75 seconds of recording time. This device allows multiple series of messages to be recorded on different levels. Using the levels, messages can be stored in categories or organized so that a series of messages pertaining to a specific activity can be stored on its own level. This communicator has a black base and is available in red, pink, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black.

AbleNet[R], Inc., 1081 Tenth Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55414-1312; (800) 322-0956


STEP `N GO Cycles are three wheelers designed to provide maximum stability by placing the rider within the "triangle of safety." Featuring wide, non-slip treadles designed to offer secure footing, this bike allows the user to take any size step (short/long/uneven) in his or her natural range of motion to power the bike. It also features a parking brake to secure the bike while mounting or dismounting; an Ultra Easy Grip Shift (4 speeds); an adjustable, extra-long steering column; thick hand grips; adjustable seat pads; a protective chain shield so clothes do not get caught; and corrosion-resistant chain. Additional accessories are available. The cycle accommodates children and adults of all sizes, 60 lbs and up. It is available in Champlain Blue.

Treadle Power, Inc., 6 Linden Terrace, Burlington, VT 05410; (800) 648-7335; Web site:


Let's Start[TM] Learning Books is a series of interactive board books for assisting children with cognitive disabilities to learn basic skills such as telling time, differentiating between big and small, learning shapes, and learning numbers. …

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