Review: Let the Rest-e take the iPad strain

Tania writes

I was recently contacted by a lady asking for help publicising a new product called a Rest-e that takes the strain of holding iPads, hardback books or other mobile devices for long periods that children and adults with disabilities might find difficult.

Chime Carlin said, “My friend and I have started a new business designing, making ourselves and selling really useful products but in fabrics that attractive to the eye too. The Rest-e was our idea of a tablet stand that didn’t keep falling over when the touchscreen was used. My friend’s daughter has disability issues that make her hands tired when holding the tablet for long periods and this was our solution.

“Then we found the cable kept getting squashed which weakens the wires and then stops working so, we added a button hole which prevents the wires from being crushed. We added the loop for easy carrying and so it can be hung up on pegs when not in use. The light weight means anyone can transport it and we throw our in the car (they double as head rests as they are so comfy).”

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Chime’s email came into my in-box just at the right time, as I was looking for something for Son2 and also for myself, as we both find that our EDS gives us the very same issues. I had already tried a goose-neck stand that clamps onto nearby furniture with limited success.

Chime kindly agreed to send one for Son2 to try out and it has been a HUGE hit. It’s a pyramid shape, filled with bean-bag type beans in a hard-wearing cover, that can be custom ordered. We’ve all tried it out and the consensus is, it’s fab!

It is something that we would have bought if we’d seen it online, even if we hadn’t been sent one to try out.

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They also make a smaller size Rest-e for a charging stand for mobile phones and they make them in various colours and designs. They have a Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/readingrest

The Rest-e retails at £15 and features:

  • Ergonomic design helps reduce neck strain and awkward posture
  • Light-weight and portable, it can be effortlessly carried by children
  • Supports hands-free reading – ideal for Special Needs
  • Facilitates group-sharing activities – enabling you to maximise resources
  • Enables device usage whilst charging ensuring no  time is wasted
  • Versatile – for real books, e-books, i-pads & sheet music
  • “Rest-es” can be coordinated with your organisation’s colours
We are so delighted with the one we were sent in a jolly union flag design, that we’re planning to order more for other family members.
And, Chime, whose company is Betty-May, www.betty-may.co.uk, is offering one lucky Special Needs Jungle reader a chance to win one too. Just fill out the form below for your chance to be picked from the hat by Son2.
Because it’s the summer hols, we’re keeping the draw open until midnight on August 31st 2013 which should give anyone away chance to see the post and enter. 
Enter using the form below. Good luck!
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Ordering at Starbucks, Asperger’s style

Yesterday, I took the boys shopping to Basingstoke. As I’m not currently able to walk far, I sat in Starbucks armed with my iPad to do some work, while they toured Festival Place, pockets filled with Christmas cash.

Now, I’m not good at Starbucks. I don’t even like coffee that much and would rather not consume my daily calorie allowance in one latte topped with whipped cream. Then, what size do you want? I can’t even remember what the sizes are called, never mind how big they are. By the time I get to the front of the queue, I’m as glazed as a doughnut, so I always go for tea, Earl Grey, errm, medium? Ish? I know, it’s very “Mrs Brady, Old Lady” of me.

cupI hadn’t been there too long before Son2 joined me with his purchases from Lush. He is a big Starbucks fan so I gave him some cash for a drink and he joined the inevitable, slow-moving queue.

I had a proud moment, marvelling at how Asperger’s Son2, 13, was now able to queue and ask for what he wanted by himself as well as meander round the shopping centre (that he knows well) without me.

I watched from my seat as he made his choice, paid and wandered over to end to await his order. Then Son1 appeared, exchanged a few words with his brother and came over to me, looking incredulous.

“He said the woman asked what his name was to put on the cup and he told her it was David!

David is not Son2’s name. Not even one of them. Not even close. Son2 approached with his drink and I asked him why he’d said that it was.

He shrugged. “I panicked!” he said. I understood immediately, for, dear reader, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

We headed back to the car but it soon became apparent that Son2 was not enjoying his choice of beverage, a Vanilla Spice Latte. He passed it to Son1 who asked him why he’d chosen it.

Son2 grinned. “I panicked…”

Finally: summer, special needs stories and a teenage birthday

Special Needs JungleAh, so school’s out for pretty much everyone from today..just in time for the summer sunshine to finally show itself.  Although my boys are enjoying the end of their second week of alternately slumping in front of screens or eating everything in the house, interspersed with a bit of warhammer painting or deafening me with electric guitar-playing (this is Son1 and he’s very good, thank goodness)

But today is a special day in our house – it’s the long-awaited dawn of Son2’s teenage years. Summer birthdays always seem the longest to come around and last night, having decided to no longer resist being 13, Son2 decided as it was inevitable, he might as well get really excited about it.

He’s now exploring his iPad (see image for his personal engraving on the back) and newly-boosted collection of Orks as he awaits the arrival of a few school pals for a party.. of some type.. to be decided when they get here. I just have to provide pizza, drinks and be scarce, which I  am more than happy to do.

One thing he won’t be doing is perusing my list of must-read stories from the week and this is a shame, because, if he was twenty years older, he’d enjoy them very much, I’m sure. So, happy holidays to you and Happy Birthday to my brand new teenager!