I Choose to give this product 4 1/2 out of 5 Gold Teacher’s Stars!
If you are looking for products to help the special needs of your child, then you will want to be sure to check out the great products from Heads Up! This company specializes in helping the child with special needs to succeed.
We were given the opportunity to try out an assortment of the readers and frames that Head Up! offers for use by children who have difficulty focusing while reading and doing other school work. The frames and readers are available in an array of colors: yellow, green, red, blue, orange, pink, and clear and are only $1 each. I wasn’t sure how these products would work in our homeschool as my son is colorblind and has difficulty when things are embedded in the colors of green, yellow and brown. His favorite color is red, and I imagine that is because it is a bright color and one of the colors he can see.
So you can imagine my surprise when he was immediately drawn to using the yellow frames and readers.He consistently picked the yellow ones and preferred to use the reader when he was reading a novel and then use it as a bookmark. He actually thinks they are just cool bookmarks that he can read through. I like them because it actually slows him down a little bit when he is reading. Sometimes his mind processes the words he is reading out loud quicker than he can say them. Using the readers helps to slow him down a little bit and makes him take his time.
Here is some information about these products from the Head Up! website:
Heads Up! Top of the Line This reading aid has a blue or yellow highlighted strip along the top to help readers “keep their place” along a line of text, graphs, or charts. Use of color has been shown to be helpful in focusing attention, so the Heads Up! Top of the Line is helpful even for proficient readers who are distractible or have difficulty maintaining visual attention for adequate periods of time. Makes a great bookmark, too! (Size 2-3/8″ by 8″)
Heads Up! Double Time This reading aid has a transparent yellow or blue strip along the top that highlights an area large enough for the reader to view two lines of most texts. A visual reminder to continue reading to the next line, the Heads Up! Double Time is also a helpful tool for proficient readers who benefit by using color to help focus attention. Makes a great bookmark, too! (Size 2-3/8″ by 8″)
Heads Up! Frame– 4 x 4 1/2 Our own creation, these frames are made of transparent colored polycarbonate with a printed frame. The large Heads Up! Frames are 4″ x 9″ rectangles. You can direct attention and focus by placing the frames over workbook pages or other written materials to be examined. The frames block in key material while the color contrast helps maintain attention. These frames are especially useful for marking the place on the page for individuals who tend to look away from the page frequently. When looking back at the page they can easily and quickly find the framed-in area. Available in the following colors: yellow, pink, blue, red, green, and orange.
Heads Up! Frame– 4 x 9 Our own creation, these frames are made of transparent colored polycarbonate with a printed frame. The small frames are 4” x 4-½” squares. These frames are useful for the child who feels overwhelmed when viewing an entire page of material; the teacher can frame in just a section of the page so that it appears more manageable to the child. Available in the following colors: yellow, pink, blue, red, green, and orange.
Heads Up! Reader The Heads Up! Reader has a highlight strip of color between two strips of grey. The highlighted section aids in visual tracking and the color helps maintain attention to printed text. The straight edges can be used to neatly underline key words or phrases. The Reader is thin and flexible, and can be used as a bookmark for added convenience. Choice of yellow, green, red, blue, orange, pink or clear.
Again, I want to emphasize that these products are only $1 each! I think that is a fabulous buy and well worth trying in your homeschool. And if you have other needs, be sure to visit Heads Up! and check out the other products that they have available to help with all of your special needs.