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Stroke Smart Magazine


September/October 2007
GEAR & GADGETS

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By Christina Lanham


V.SMILE™ TV LEARNING SYSTEM
The V.Smile™ system combines a video game platform and educational content in a system that plugs right into your television set. Use TV as an educational experience to teach your kids math, science, spelling, reading and more! The console features characters such as Batman, Bratz and Shrek. An innovative joystick features a large knob on top to make it easy for children with physical challenges to use and adjusts to accommodate left- or right-handed children. Price: $59.99. For details, go to www.vtechkids.com or call (800) 521-2010.


EASYSTAND® EVOLV YOUTH
The EasyStand® Evolv is a great solution for kids who have trouble standing on their own, because it allows you to be standing in three easy steps (transfer, adjust and pump up). Made by Altimate Medical, this product uses a hydraulic pump, and there are no gears or straps to worry about. It is backed by a solid warranty and can be purchased with or without a variety of add-on products. Base price: $2,695 (tray sold separately). For more information and to locate a dealer near you, visit www.easystand.com or call (800) 342-8968.


QUADRO STARTER II
The Quadro Starter II modular construction system can be used to create sturdy indoor/outdoor play structures that will promote active play and help increase physical activity and strengthen muscle groups in your child stroke survivor. Create a new structure everyday - from a puppet theater or basic lemonade stand to a low structure for children with physical disabilities or a table that can wrap around a wheelchair. Several styles and sets are available. Price: $209.99 + shipping and handling. Order online from www.phunzone.com or by calling (800) 477-6434.


JENNSWING SWING SEAT
Help your stroke survivor enjoy the experience of swinging again! This lightweight, patented full body swing is designed for kids up to 125 pounds. JennSwing is designed to meet the American Disabilities Act guidelines for playground equipment in public recreation. Price: $375 + shipping and handling from American Swing Products, Inc. For information, go to www.americanswing.com or call (800) 433-2573.


STEERING WHEEL SPINNER
Now that your teen is ready to hit the road, it is time to equip your vehicle with the proper assistive devices, starting with the steering wheel spinner. It attaches in minutes to your steering wheel and will allow a onehanded driver the ability to steer and park the vehicle with ease. Be sure to check your local laws before ordering. Several styles are available, priced from $9.49 to $12.99. For more information, visit www.jcwhitney.com or call (800) 603-4383.


KEEPING PACE ATHLETIC SHOES
Designed to fit over an AFO brace, these stylish athletic shoes are fun for active kids with drop foot or other problems. The shoes are available in toddler to adult sizes and in a variety of colors. For more information, visit www.keepingpace.com or www.pfsk.com or call (650) 652-1700. Price: $59.95 + shipping and handling.



  


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