Saturday, February 7, 2009
Heads Up! Review
Heads Up is a company that was created to give educators and parents with struggling learners the information and products needed to help each child feel successful. These materials can be used by homeschooling families, occupational therapists, speech therapists, teachers, and specialists who work with children who have developmental delays, learning disabilities, autism, and other special needs.
I reviewed their Heads Up! Frames, Readers, Top of the Line, and Double Time. These products help a child to focus in on what he is reading. They can be used in a variety of ways. The frames put a box around the text the child needs to focus on, while the others provides a line for the child's eyes to follow and not lose his place. They are very effective.
For some children, many math problems or text on a page can be overwhelming and they simply can't focus to even begin. When these Heads Up! Frames are laid down over a section of the page, it becomes so much easier for them to focus and a lot of times they will finish a page in no time at all. They come in two different sizes depending on whether you need them for text on a reading page (4" x 9") or a smaller area (4" x 41/2")
Children who have tracking problems can greatly benefit from the Heads Up! Readers, Top of the Line, and Double Time. The Readers have a brightly colored strip in the middle. The dark color above and below the area where the text is, really makes the text stand out. Top of the Line is a bigger reader with the transparent strip at the top. This helps to block out more text below and only show the line the child is reading. Double Time is the same thing except the strip at the top is wider and allows for two lines of text to be seen at a time to remind the child to continue to the next line. They are all about the width of a standard paper (anywhere from 8"-9") and easy to hold and move as the child reads.
These can be used for any child with focusing problems. Not just children with special needs. They are a very simple and inexpensive way to make reading and focusing a little easier for your child. They are sturdy and can be used as a bookmark also.
All Heads Up! Frames, Readers, Top of the Line, and Double Time are $1.00 each.
To learn more about other products Heads Up! has, please click here.