I was so excited to be asked to be PTPA¬†tester for HOPELight magazine.¬† I waited patiently for our 3 magazines to arrive!
As a mother of a special needs child, I was always on the search to find tools to find ways in which to teach and connect with my son.¬† When the monthly magazine arrived with Zack’s name on the front, I was eager to see what was inside.¬† The personalization of¬†the magazine¬†made it so special for me as a mom and I know older children would also find this a special treat when it arrived in the mail.¬†While he was not quite ready to grasp some of the concepts, he sure did love to look at the vivid photos and colours that graced every page.¬† I could see that the activities on these pages would be used by me and likely his other speech therapists as well, as he entered school.
Then I learned that the magazine was created by Dawn¬†Grosvenor for her daughter, I was even more impressed.¬† She saw the need for simplier activities for her daughter and she couldn’t find them….so instead, she created them!¬† Like so many Warrior Moms, she found a way to not only reach her own daughter, but also connect other parents with their own children.¬†
HOPELight takes a theme each month and creates very simple images and activities to work on skills like writing, colouring, matching, colour recognition, shape recognition, language skills, social skills¬†and hand/eye coordination.¬† One month was swimming, so the greens and blues were used to stimulate learning but were kept simple so that the photos and images were not distracting.¬†¬†¬†I really appreciated that HOPELight¬†used a very non-traditional way to teach our kids. Perhaps¬†these kids need new ways to be taught…this was a great¬†way to realize that¬†there are more ways to reach out and connect with special needs children.
While I really loved the books and the simple way that it allowed “OUR” kids to have a magazine just for them, I was even more impressed with the website that Dawn has created as a resource to other families.¬† She reaches out to¬†kids with¬†Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and a multitude of other special needs.¬† The website provides resources and links for a variety of topics that parents would be interested in learning more about.¬† She even has a blog to follow and hear about the HOPELight news or other ways in which to connect the special needs community.
I was not surprised to also see that on the HOPELight website, there is a store where you can not only purchase a subscription for your child, but you can also purchase inspirational cards for gifts and for yourself.¬† Dawn not only thought of something for the children, but wanted to reach out to parents for support and encouragement.¬†
I’m so happy that PTPA has approved this amazing magazine ¬†for children with special needs!