Saturday, April 04, 2009

Heads Up! Vision Aids

I have to be honest that when I first opened up this package I received, I had no idea what these were. It took me some time to look through the catalog and understand that Heads Up! produces and sells many different products to aid those with learning challenges and special needs. This company is a FANTASTIC resource for families with struggling learners. They have products "to accommodate various learning styles and strengths to help each child feel successful."

The Vision Aids that I received are to help with reading and are very reasonably priced (just $1.00). These frames help readers "keep their place" along a line of text, graphics, or charts.
Heads Up! Top of the Line has a blue or yellow highlighted strip along the top. And Heads Up! Double Time highlights an area large enough fo the reader to view two lines of most texts. Both of these are great for readers who are easily distracted or have difficulty maintaining their attention on what they are reading.

Heads Up! Frames come in two sizes - 4" x 4 1/2" or 4" x 9". You can use them to direct attention and focus by placing the frames over workbook pages or other written materials to be examined. They come in a variety of colors: yellow, pink, blue, red, green and orange.

Heads Up! Reader has a highlighted strip of color between two strips of grey. This helps with visual tracking and the color helps maintain attention to the printed text. These also come in a variety of colors: yellow, green, red, blue, orange, pink or clear.

Although my children have no need of these now, I sure can see how this could have helped my children when they were beginning to learn to read. My son has an astigmatism and I believe these aids could have been a great benefit to him that would have helped him to focus on the line he was reading and not be confused by the other words around it. They also often had trouble tracking from the end of one line to the beginning of the next, and these creative frames could have aided with that until their eyes became more familiar with following from one line to the next.

I encourage you that if your children have any challenges at all with learning to read, you check into these great and inexpensive tools and aids to assist you and your children. Especially if you are just teaching your little ones to read, you will be amazed at how these tools can help you and your child with focus and tracking. Go to their website and check out the many different types of products that they have to help you and your children along the learning path.

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