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Star Wars: supporting Angelman Syndrome


This week at Excitim HQ, we were moved by the Star Wars video that’s helping to raise awareness of Angelman Syndrome. It’s a step in the right direction as Angelman Syndrome is not as well known as other medical conditions that many come into contact with.

I’ll admit, I didn’t know of it myself until in 2014, I was asked to exhibit at Assert’s annual conference. Assert support children and families of children with the condition. Read more about the Angelman Syndrome conference

We ran an iClick and iControl demonstration of some new iPad tech and had a bunch of toys with us including an inflatable, remote controlled, Despicable Me Minion for the Angels to play with. It’s about 60 cm tall, soft and stands back up when it’s pushed over in the excitement. 

Image of the inflatable remote controlled Despicable Me Minion toy

Inflatable Remote Controlled Despicable Me Minion

We meet lots of children with Angelman Syndrome whilst exhibiting and it’s always a pleasure.  They are friendly natured and will give you a hug regardless!  Although, it can prove a challenge to stay alert as Angels don’t usually have a sense of personal belonging so when there’s attractive goodies on the table, they are the first to claim them!

I’m always struck at how happy and care-free these wonderful children are despite their condition. We can certainly say ‘the force is strong within this one!’ about many of the Angels we meet.

The following is a little fact finder for those not well versed with Angelman Syndrome:

Angelman Syndrome Characteristics

It’s usually at around 6-12 months a child will start to show symptoms of Angelman Syndrome usually in the form of late development such as not being able to sit on their own.

Children will go on to not talk or perhaps only to be able to say a few words. Instead they’ll communicate using gestures.

Other symptoms include:

  • Difficulty to walk, balance and co-ordinate
  • Laughing and smiling without stimuli
  • Flapping hands
  • Hyperactivity
  • Fits and seizures
  • Some children of two years old will have a small flat head at the back
  • Crossed eyes
  • Walking with their arms in the air

Is Angelman Syndrome life threatening?

A child with this condition is likely to live a full life although may have additional complications such as seizures that mean they need continuous support. There’s so much more to learn about this condition.

Professionals around the world are working hard to understand the causes and possible treatments for children affected by it. Much of the research is reviewed and presented at the Assert Conference.

How’s is Angelman Syndrome caused?

We know it’s a genetic issue and is caused when UBE3A (the Angelman gene) is either absent or malfunctions.

Please take a look at the ASSERT website to find out about the fantastic and much needed support they offer.

Special Needs Toys Catalogue

Catalogue alert!!

Excitim’s special needs toys catalogue (2016) is available for download from the website. Look out for the blue button on the home page. Or, click on the button below for a quick link.

Image of the 'Catalogue Download Button' on Excitim's website

Catalogue download button

The catalogue features lots of new toys and resources. In it you will find a range of switch adapted toys, sensory toys, learning resources and switches. Check out the website for more info, videos and this blog. It’s where we post reviews and in-depth discussions on the newest gear such as the iPad switches iClick and iControl.

Image of the cover page of Excitim's special needs toys catalogue

Catalogue cover page

Clicking on the image of the cover page will download it for you as well.

The catalogue is in the popular PDF file format. Most systems will open it immediately.

Get in touch through our Contact Us page if you have any questions. We will do our best to advise on the suitability of the toys for your child.

In the Night Garden

Introducing a new range of toys inspired by ‘In the Night Garden’

Great news – we now stock ‘In the Night Garden’ toys equipped with familiar songs and phrases. A trusted and popular child’s programme aired on the CBeebies bedtime slot- In the Night Garden is based on a magical picture-book place that exists between waking and sleeping in a child’s imagination.

Join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka along with their friends, in a happy, calming and imaginative world of music and nursery rhymes.

See the In the Night Garden’s full collection

Special Needs Toy: Large Talking Igglepiggle

Image of Igglepiggle from the CBeebies TV show 'In the Night Garden'

Igglepiggle

Bring playtime to life and encourage children to sing and talk with a talking Igglepiggle soft toy.  Simply press his hand to hear his favourite songs and phrases.

Talking Upsy Daisy Soft Toy

Image of Upsy Daisy soft toy from the CBeebies TV show 'In the Night Garden'

Upsy Daisy

Everyone knows the Upsy Daisy song right?

Now, your little ones have their very own talking Upsy Daisy to sing to and cuddle. With a super soft appearance, they’ll never want to put her down!

It’s no wonder why she is Igglepiggles best friend! 

 Igglepiggle’s Bedtime Boat

Image of Igglepiggle's Bedtime Boat

Igglepiggle’s Bedtime Boat

Night, night, sleep tight. The Igglepiggle’s Bedtime boat comforts and entertains your little one whilst they’re drifting off to sleep. Equipped with soothing lullabies, short bedtime stories and relaxing stars which project onto the ceiling in 3 soft colours.

Let your children fall asleep and dream of all things ‘In the Night Garden.’  

Explore and Learn Musical Activity Table

Invite your children into the wonderful world of ‘In the Night Garden’ with The Explore and Learn Musical Activity table. (Click the link to watch the video) Engage children’s cognitive abilities with this tactile and colourful toy designed to stimulate creativity.

Image of the Musical Activity Table inspired by the 'In the Night Garden' stories and play experiences

Musical Activity Table

  • turn the pages of the book to hear 4 stories;
  • press the light-up buttons;
  • put Makka Pakka to bed in his cave;
  • place Upsy Daisy in her carousel and watch her spin and play music;
  • bash the buttons with the hammer for games around colours, counting and silly sounds.

Find out more how about how to play with the In the Night Garden’s Activity table by watching the video on the website.

Musical Activity Pinky Ponk

Image of the Pinky Ponk toy inspired by 'In the Night Garden TV show on CBeebies

Pinky Ponk

Last but certainly not least -the wonder that is Pinky Ponk!

Pinky Ponk (click the link to watch the video) is always on an adventure, whether he’s flying around the tree tops or getting stuck in one!

This toy is perfect for children who love to hear fun and familiar sounds, colours and play with shapes and figurines to help them learn and engage.

We’d love to know which ‘In the Night Garden’ toy your child loves to play with and if you’d like to find out more about this popular TV series visit Cbeebies ‘In the Night Garden.’

 

 

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