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Custom flash cards for kids
A new, mom-created company, Goosie Cards, offers custom made flash cards. The company is the brainchild of Jennifer Marchetti, who created the cards for her son Zach, who is nicknamed Goosie.
Members log in to their account, upload photos, add text, then check out. If you want the cards, but don't have photos, there is a photo gallery for you to use for your selections. The cards are 4 1/4 inches wide, 7 1/2 inches long, so they are the right size for little hands. They are made of heavy card stock, and are laminated.
The cost for a beginning custom package is $28, and families of children with special needs receive a 15% discount. There are also special bulk order discounts for educators and therapists.
My son Avery, who has Down syndrome, has been using a similar picture system for visual object recognition, and as part of his Total Communication program in speech therapy. My biggest complaint: the flashcards we use are outdated and boring. I'm excited about this new option for him.
These flash cards could be used as a fun way to teach the alphabet, with familiar faces and objects from home; they could also be used to help children put names with the faces of long-distance relatives. However you use them, you can feel good about supporting a fellow parent who saw a need, and filled it.