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PLEASE EMAIL ME AT email@example.com to claim your prize. You may choose either the Baseball or the Gracie tote but I only have 1 of each so first come first served!
Stop me if you've heard this one....
A child with autism walks into a store and completely melts down because OMG! LOOK AT THOSE SHINY FLOORS! HOLY COW WHY ARE THE FLUORESCENT LIGHTS BUZZING LIKE THAT?! IS THAT A NEW BABY EINSTEIN TOY?! I'VE NEVER SEEN THAT ONE BEFORE AND I MUST TOUCH IT AND HOLD IT AND PLAY WITH IT RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND!!!
If you answered, "yes" chances are you have come up with a handful of ways to help your child transition more smoothly through public places like Target or the grocery store. For my boys it is a set of keys or a plastic stretchy dinosaur to keep their hands occupied. If we're going to be sitting for a long period of time I bring their iPads but sometimes we are in a place where those sort of distractions would be too, well, distracting.
This is why when I heard about the Tactile Tote I was very excited to see the product for myself and review it with the Trouble Brothers and see if it might be something they would find both fun and comforting.
The boys were instantly drawn to the fleece fabric which featured planets in space on one and turtles and frogs on the other. On the opposite side is a fluffy colored fur which Noah especially enjoyed rubbing and twirling through his fingers. Sam, on the other hand, liked that he could carry a book in the pouch and on our first trip out with the totes he opened and closed the zipper at least twenty-five times.
ZIPPERS ARE AWESOME!!!
(Noah was feeling a bit less than photogenic on this day)
Some kids may not like that the Tactile Tote clasps around the waist but mine seemed to enjoy the hugging feeling it provided. For those who prefer you can opt for an over the shoulder bag-type tote.
Sam and Noah wore their Tactile Totes to the grocery store last weekend and both seemed calmer and more easy-going with the whole process than previous trips.
Just before our first outing to the grocery store.
Luckily the kind people at Tactile Tote have given me two 6" x 9" totes to giveaway to two readers! I have one in the "Gracie" style which features an over the shoulder strap and another in the "Baseball" style which clasps around the waist. Each Tactile Tote features one set of "Tots" and retail for $35.00.
Gracie Tactile Tote
(Tots not shown)
Baseball Tactile Tote
(Tots not shown)
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**Disclosure: I was provided with two Tactile Totes in exchange for a product review on this blog. All opinions are entirely my own and have in no way been influenced by others.