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Southpaw Hand Cycle
Southpaw Hand Cycle
This new hand-driven cycle meets the needs of those who are unable to propel a cycle with their legs.  The low-to-the ground, recumbent cycle design makes it very easy to get on and off the vehicle.  Pedaling, steering and brake controls are all controlled at the handlebars.  The frame size is adjustable within a 4" range.  The seat position and back support are also adjustable, to fit a wide range of sizes from child through adult.

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Some children crave deep pressure, and the Southpaw Steamroller is a fun way to get it!

Your children will love the challenge of crawling between the "roller" and being "flattened" by the Steamroller. Other children will "hang out" for a while as the rollers provide the input they need to calm their bodies before sit down activities.

Sensory Shaker
Sensory Shaker
Your clients will have a ball in our Sensory Shaker! It's an oversized bag made out of sturdy but breathable jersey fabric with strong handles that when filled with balls, provides tactile input as well as vestibular input . Your client sits inside and you shake him/her up, or with out movement, the sensory shaker provides a small, enclosed space.

Southpaw Playhouse
Southpaw Playhouse
This versatile product will provide hours of fun for your clients, aiding in developing motor planning, gross motor and social interaction skills, as well as offering tactile stimulation & quiet space.

One of the most versitile aspects of the Playhouse is that it can be turned upside down and used as a ball pool (balls not included), or connected to multiple playhouses for an entire elevated playscape.
Issue: 7 July, 2008
Southpaw Enterprises - Pawprint 

Welcome to the June edition of Pawprint, Southpaw's monthly newsletter designed to share information throughout the SI community.   Check out our new products we've added to our website here.  You can have a copy of our catalog sent to you by submitting your address here.

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Survey of the Month
Summer Programs

Camp Silver Lake

To go along with this month's article about summer camps, we'd like to gather some information from you about your personal experiences with programs you have participated in.  We'll select one respondent and send out Southpaw gift certificates to the lucky winner.

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Therapist Forum
Assessing the Miles of Smiles of Summer Programming
Deanna Macioce, MS, OTR/L
Deanna Maciole
As the month of July comes to a close, we realize that soon the kiddos will begin the school routine all over again.  Already the store shelves are stacked with the 'Back To School' sale item, the days are becoming shorter, and the calendar is filling up with trying to do everything we planned to this summer.  It is at this time that we look over the past couple of months and evaluate how we spent our time, but more importantly how did we spend the time of our children? Did we make sure there was enough one-on-one time?  Did they get to play outside enough, go to the pool, and hang out with friends?  And really, how effective were the summer activities we signed them up for?  Did they provide more than a break away from home?  For our children with sensory concerns and other special needs, we always feel the need to get them involved in many of the things that are offered, but in reality, it comes down to the quality, not so much the quantity of the activity.

This month, we are going to highlight a camp that takes place in the Dayton, Ohio area, Camp Silver Lake.  This camp is offered for three, one-week sessions, with one of the weeks devoted to teen campers.  Camp Silver Lake provides excellent structure and social interactions for children with sensory processing disorder, ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Asperger's, and other challenges. The camp was founded nearly ten years ago by occupational therapist, Joyce Peet.  Joyce is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience and a wide range of expertise within the pediatric population.  She also is the founder and owner of Therapy Connections, a private sensory-based clinic in Beavercreek, Ohio.  She felt that the special needs population needed a day camp devoted to them that wasn't diagnosis specific.

Southpaw Steamroller

So often we find a plethora of summer camps through different organizations, but they just do not seem to be appropriate for our children with special needs.  Camp Silver Lake believes that all children should be given the opportunity to enjoy a day camp experience that is both positive and fulfilling. It provides 30 hours of structured activities to meet the individual needs of each child for movement, creativity and various sensory experiences. In addition, the group environment fosters socialization and friendships.  Activities include swimming with water slides and sand beach, paddle boat rides, fishing, camp fires, group games, hay rides, and arts and crafts.  These activities are developed appropriately for children, allowing them to participate in an environment where they can build self-confidence and self-esteem.   Campers can fully dive into the fun rather than just go through the motions of activities that are only appropriate for the other children.

Southpaw Blob

As therapists, teachers, and aides, we need to continue to help our families find the most positive experiences for our children.  When it is all said and done, we would love to have parents say "it is all my son talks about!"  Seeing and hearing the excitement of a child is enough indication that the experience was positive and worth it.  And when a mom can say, "he talked about it last winter and is already anticipating camp next year," we know that for a child who cannot always get the benefit of a typical community activity, he has found a place he enjoys and feels comfortable. 

So, as the Fall approaches and we put another summer to a close, let's really listen to our children - making sure that we are allowing them to be kids, enjoying the fun and exciting things summer camps have to offer.  But remember, to always balance their schedules and enjoy what they have to offer us.  

Southpaw Hot Dog
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Bright ideas

Do you have an idea for the next great thing in Sensory Integration?  If so, we'd love to hear from you!

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