Weighted Animals

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Weighted Animals

Simple weighted animals can be enough stimulation to have a calming effect on some children. Create calmness! Meet Kitty Kuddles and Puppy Hugs. Wrap them around your neck or shoulders to provide calming pressure. They can be effective in helping with self-regulation, attention and focusing. Can be microwaved for a hot pack or placed in the freezer for a cold pack.
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BackTpack | Ergonomic Side Bag System

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BackTpack was designed by a physical therapist as a remedy for the poor posture and pain associated with everyday backpack use such as school, travel, and commuting. Better than a backpack, BackTpack’s ergonomic side bag system applies a balanced load onto the vertical spinal axis, prompting you to stand straight and tall. With good posture, your bones, muscles, and all the systems of the body work in harmony with gravity— the foundation of fitness and injury prevention.

Common backpacks require you to lean forward to compensate for the load on the back. This posture leads to back, neck and shoulder pain. BackTpack allows you to stand, walk, and sit with your spine and head tall and your shoulders relaxed in a healthy posture. No more twisting and bending to access items.

Training these postural habits will contribute to lifelong healthy movement and a strong skeleton. The load feels much lighter, and when applied in this manner becomes your friend not your burden, encouraging your body to be strong, upright, graceful and free.

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Force Touch |Next iPhone Might Understand Different Types Of Touch

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Force Touch Trackpad

Force Touch lets users "click" a touchpad or screen in two different ways: a light press and a firmer press, which signal different commands depending on the force of the touch. Currently, iPhone touchscreens can't tell how hard you're pressing on them. Apple first announced this feature at its Monday event in San Francisco, where the company showed off a new MacBook and the upcoming Apple Watch, both of which have Force Touch.
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The Collective Project: Child with a New Bionic 3D Printed Arm Delivered by Ironman

Robert Downey Jr. and Albert Manero, a #CollectiveProject student who founded Limbitless, surprised a very special child with a new bionic 3D printed arm at no cost to the family. To learn more about Albert and the #CollectiveProject visit: http://office.tumblr.com/#YS2k34XChQweJu0t.97 via The Collective Project: Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic Arm - YouTube.
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Enhanced Vision | Amigo HD Displays

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Amigo HD

Amigo HD displays amazing crystal clear HD images with vibrant colors, at any distance, on a large 7 inch widescreen LCD. So lightweight and simple to use, you will never want to be without it. Place it directly on your reading material or hold it up to view an item at a distance. Adjust magnification and contrast with an easy press of a button. Read price tags, menus, labels, street signs and more, anywhere!

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Explain Everything App | Interactive Whiteboard and Screencasting Tool

Explain Everything App on iPad

Explain Everything App


A unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool used by over 1.8 million students and educators.

  • Draw and Annotate-Total freedom of drawing on anything
  • Import and Insert-Any document, picture or video
  • Move and Animate-Ideas in motion
  • Zoom and Pan-Space with no limits
  • Record and Play-Scrubbing is easy
  • Export and Share-Integrated with everything

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Video Call Center for the Hearing Impaired

 Muaharrem is a young deaf man from Istanbul, and his sister, Ozlem, teamed up with a production crew recently to give him one ..... amazing day. The Leo Burnett ad firm and Samsung organized the huge stunt for an ad campaign. They spent a month setting up cameras around his neighborhood and teaching his neighbors sign language. And the production crew reveals the whole thing was part of an advertisement for Samsung Turkey’s new video call center for the hearing impaired. Source: An Entire Town Secretly Learned Sign Language To Surprise Their Deaf Neighbor
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CanWork | People with Cognitive Challenges Complete Work-Related Tasks

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CanWork App

CanWork was developed by CanAssist at the University of Victoria. It promotes independence and builds confidence by helping people with cognitive challenges complete work-related tasks successfully. Virtually any task can be broken into a sequence of easy-to-follow steps. For a given task, a user might initially goes through the activity with a support person or family member. Together, they may take photos of each step in the task. Notifications ensure each work shift is brought to the user's attention in a timely manner.

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Robotic glove and games help patients regain control of their hands

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SCRIPT or Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-robotics

 If you ask this particular team of University at Hertfordshire researchers, they'll tell you it's with the help of a robotic glove called SCRIPT or Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-robotics. It's designed to fit over a patient's hand and forearm and is paired with a therapeutic game. This game prompts users to move every finger, wrist and arm to navigate a labyrinth or to catch fish, for instance, as part of their therapy at home.As lead researcher Dr. Farshid Amirabdollahian said:This project focused on therapies for stroke patients at home. Our goal was to make motivating therapies available to people to practise at home using this system, hoping that they have a vested interest to practise and will do so. We tried this system with 30 patients and found that patients indeed practised at home, on average around 100 minutes each week, and some showed clinical improvements in their hand and arm function.The researchers have been developing SCRIPT for the past three years, coming up with two prototypes and spending over $5 million on the project since then. Now that the latest version has passed the proof-of-concept stage, the team is looking for a way to bring it to production for people who'd love to do therapy while playing games.

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The “Crisis Text Line” Helps Thousands of Young People Each Day

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Crisis Text Line

The Crisis Text Line provides free support and “active listening” for teens through the method of communication that many people now prefer. Volunteers are available around the clock and communicate with thousands of users in need every day.The organization’s quantified approach, based on five million texts, has produced a unique collection of mental-health data. C.T.L. has found that depression peaks at 8pm, anxiety at 11pm, self-harm at 4am, and substance abuse at 5am.Counselors are trained to put texters at ease and not to jump too quickly into a problem-solving mode. Open-ended questions are good; “why” questions are bad. Also bad: making assumptions about the texter’s gender or sexual orientation, sounding like a robot, using language that a young person might not know.If you need help, you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting START to 741741.

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