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My Feelings Game: Exploring Emotions

by Sensational Learners
Ages: 4yrs and up

What scares your child?  What makes him or her happy, frustrated, or angry?  This inspirational game encourages you and your child to explore these emotions in fun, active, (and sometimes very silly) ways.  The game features seven basic feeling that players will first identify, then explore by drawing cards.

As they play, children discover how to recognize feelings in themselves and in others, and to cope with them in socially appropriate ways.

The My Feelings Game: Exploring Emotions is available for loan on the WVATS Virtual Loan Library and is item #180891.

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Door Knob Turner

Great Grips make opening doors an easy task! Great Grips are made of a soft, latex-free material and are designed so anyone can turn a doorknob with a finger, elbow or closed fist. Glow-in-the-Dark options make it easier to find the door at night or in an emergency. Round doorknobs can be difficult and painful to open for seniors, individuals with arthritis, children, and people with disabilities, but not anymore with Great Clips.

Great Grips are available for loan on the WVATS Virtual Loan Library and is item #180479.

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Helpful Devices for Winter Conditions

This winter season comes with ice, wind, and potentially dangerous conditions.  The following is a list of devices that will help make severe conditions more manageable.

 

The Ice Grip Cane Attachment helps promote safe walking on ice and snow. Its design includes an easy flip-up device to ‘close’ the prongs while not in use. Attaches easily to most canes or crutches with only two screws.

 

Yaktrax Walker is a winter traction device that attaches to your shoes and comes in a variety of sizes for everyone; this winter weather accessory makes it safer to walk on top of snow and ice. Made out of plastic and metal, Yaktrax allow you to walk more confident in the winter.

 

Touchscreen gloves are silver-laced gloves allow you to use any of your touchscreen devices in the cold. These gloves are not limited to just the fingertips now; gloves now have silver laced through the whole hand to help maintain your connection.

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Isokentic Adjustable Exercise Ball Cha

Our Adjustable Back Exercise Ball Office Chair is made of reinforced, heavy duty plastic in a solid black color with a smooth finish and a black metal ball holder that looks good at home or in an office. It includes an Isokinetics Inc. brand 52cm exercise ball that we offer you in a choice of colors to fit your decor or style. And, our chairs come with 60mm/2.5″ office style wheels. Similar chairs from other brands come with 50mm/2″ wheels. Larger wheels (casters) provide a smoother, quieter rolling experience.

This chair is available for loan on the WVATS Virtual Loan Library and is item #180032.

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Z Band

The Z Band is a silent alarm wristband that vibrates to give you a gentle awakening without disturbing those near you. You set your alarm using your android or windows device which communicates with the Z Band.

The Z Band is available for loan on the WVATS Virtual Loan Library and is item #131525.

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Williams Sound Pocket Talker

The Pocketalker® Ultra System amplifies sounds closest to the listener while reducing background noise. Ideal for one-on-one conversation, small-group and television listening, or conversing in the car.  Use with or without hearing aids.  Simply plug in your earpiece, position the microphone near the preferred sound, adjust volume to your comfort – and start listening.

The Pocketalker® Ultra System is available for loan on the WVATS Virtual Loan Library and is item #180026.

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My Friend Has Down Syndrome (Children’s Book)

This sensitively written book is a story about two children who meet at summer camp and the warm friendship that develops between them despite the fact that one of them has Down Syndrome.  Both girls learn that everybody is good at something, and that by helping each other overcome their fears and difficulties, they can accomplish a great deal.

“My Friend Has Down Syndrome” inspires and encourages children to overcome barriers that can exist between kids.

This book is available for loan on the WVATS Virtual Loan Library and is item #173905

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Holiday Tips

Christmas shopping is unnerving. Try doing gift giving through online shopping. When shopping online, check that deliveries will be brought in for you if you are unable to do so yourself.

If you have to do in person, pick the slow times of the store.   Shopping at off-peak times, such as during the day in the middle of the week, can enable you to get your Christmas shopping done with much less stress and difficulty.  Write a list of exactly what you need from where, and work out a route.

Call ahead to discuss your needs if you have any specific needs when visiting a shop, do not be afraid to call the store and check if they are able to do anything to make your visit easier and more comfortable. Many shop managers will be happy to do what it takes to make reasonable adjustments that will help you.

If you are heading out for a work Christmas party and have a wheelchair or other access issues, speak to whoever is organizing the party to ensure that the venue will be wheelchair accessible or that necessary adjustments will be made.

The noise, excitement and confusion of Christmas can be overwhelming for some.  Make sure that you have a safe space where you can go and not be disturbed when it all becomes too much. Find your favorite items that you turn to for comfort. Put them in a safe place to turn to if you feel overwhelmed.

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2018 AgrAbility Virtual National Training Workshop (VNTW) is scheduled for January 23-25.

Join AgrAbility for six webinars (11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. EST) over the three-day period.  These webinars are free and open to anyone.  Topics of the webinars will cover various resources and assistive technology for the agricultural community.  Come join us as we continue to spread awareness about farm safety and accessibility.

Past years webinars are still available for viewing on the National AgrAbility Project website under online trainings.

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Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible and more. Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, IHeartRadio and TuneIn. Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer. Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot.

The Echo Dot is available in the West Virginia’s Assistive Technology Loan Library and Exchange System, and is item number #173119.

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