Friday, April 22, 2011

The Hit of the AOTA Expo: Make Your Own Putty!

Over 800 occupational therapists whose focus is children with special needs stopped by our Achievement Products booth at the American Occupational Therapists Association (AOTA) Annual Conference and Expo in Philadelphia to make their own BioPutty® last week!

All were delighted by this easy, multi-sensory experience, and we were delighted to hear the conversational exchanges about its many benefits. Among them:
*Squeezing the paint bottle exercises the hand.
*Fingering the BioColor® paint into putty in the water-based BioPutty® solution soothes and exercises.
*Allowing each child to make and have their own putty is more sanitary.
*Selecting from 11 paint colors encourages creativity and language opportunities.
*This is so economical!
*This would be great for science and color-blending activities.
*Everything is non-toxic and doesn’t contain latex or gluten, and it has no strong smell—that’s great!

At Achievement Products, we’re already planning ahead for more fun art therapy projects at the 2012 AOTA Conference and Expo, but until then, here’s the recipe for making your own BioPutty® with BioColor® paint!

Step 1.
Shake BioPutty® (APDPUTTY) solution vigorously and pour 3-4 cups of solution into a container.
Step 2.
Pour ~1/4 cup (or about 5 seconds of a good squeeze on the bottle) of BioColor® paint (APDBIO) into the solution (only BioColor® paint will work)
Step 3.
Run your fingers through the solution and BioPutty® miraculously emerges, exercising your fingers while immersed in the soothing BioPutty® solution.
Step 4.
Store BioPutty® in an airtight container or zip-lock bag.
Note: Use this product under adult supervision.

Fun Ideas!
*Combine two primary colors of BioColor® paint for a secondary color.
*Knead some rice into the BioPutty® solution for a different tactile sensation.

Allergen Information about BioColor® Paint and BioPutty®:
Does not contain Latex
Does not contain Dairy and Casein
Does not contain Egg
Does not contain Gluten
Does not contain Peanut and Tree Nut
Does not contain Soy

With so much excitement about BioColor® paint and and BioPutty® at the AOTA Conference, we hope you’ll try it, too. We want to hear how you use BioPutty® with the special children in your life, so please be sure to share!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Everyone who works with children knows they see the world very differently from what we adults see. We also know that when we pause a moment and listen to them, pause to see what they see, we find a source of endless delight!

We recently had just such a moment here at Achievement Products. We were photographing a young boy interacting with our new Superactive Fiber Optics Bundle (AP5606). This is a wonderful unit that offers a spectacular tactile experience combined with soothing color changes, and an interactive feature designed to spark color recognition plus cause and effect. Calming, soothing, and turns out, very inspirational for creativity!

As our young model sat experiencing all the sensory delights this product offers, he described the item as he saw it. Sitting amidst the fiber optic strands he said, “This is the spaghetti and I am the meatball!”

Seeing the world as a child sees it, our new Superactive Fiber Optics Bundle will now and forever be “Spaghetti and Meatballs” to me!

We would love to hear your story about how items in the world around your child have sparked their creativity!

Monday, April 4, 2011

AOTA Here We Come!

Hello, my name is Calista White, and I am part of the marketing team for Achievement Products. Achievement Products is happy to announce that we will be exhibiting at the 91st annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, PA from April 14-17, 2011. If you are an occupational therapist, educator, researcher, or student, the AOTA Annual Conference & Expo is full of enriching information that you’ll be able to take home with you and use in your workplace. This is a valuable experience for anyone in the occupational therapy field!

Please come by our booth (number 301) and check out our new Around About Swing (AP81113). This is one of the many Sensory Integration products we carry that is ideal for therapy rooms in schools, clinics, military bases, and hospitals. Plus, it is easily portable and sets up in minutes!

We will be featuring the Fiber Optic Softie (AP5609), which is also a new item in our Sensory Optics assortment. This soft beanbag cushion provides deep pressure and dazzling effects for a calming multi-sensory experience. The fiber optic strands cycle through hundreds of soothing color shades, while stimulating the minds of children as they identify the different colors.
In addition to the Fiber Optic Softie, we’ll also be showcasing our 60” Bubble Tube (AP5602), which benefits the visual, tactile, and aural systems as it changes color. This is perfect for use in the classroom as you tell a story and utilize its “color-stop” mode to stop the tube on a certain color to accentuate the story or theme (yellow when it’s sunny outside or blue when you’re learning about the ocean).

And don’t miss our exclusive Progression Therapy Kits! Our Achievement Visual Motor, (AP79601), Achievement Fine Motor (AP79602) and Achievement 41-Piece Dough (AP79603) Therapy Kits come complete with everything needed to follow the 30-minute progressive therapy session guide. All come in a convenient tub with a lid, making these kits portable and easily movable from site to site. Stop by our booth to register for a chance to win all three!

You’ll also be able to take home some of your very own putty! We will have a make-and- take area, featuring BioColor® (APDBIO16ST) paint and BioPutty® solution (APDPUTTY). You will want to see for yourself how these two unique solutions combine into a highly tactile medium for sensory therapy that can increase range of motion and hand closure.

We would love to see you in the City of Brotherly Love! Drop by our booth for a chance to win product and to learn more about some of our new items!