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1 May 2012
Keeping you all up to date with the latest Autism and Aspergers; Behavioral Needs;
Sign Language and Auditory Verbal Communication; Fine, Gross and Oral Motor Skills; Early Literacy and Numeracy Resources.
From the Editor
Hello again and welcome to another edition of our Special Needs News.
Another financial year has drawn to a close and the stocktake is complete, which gives me a moment to touch base with you all again about the wonderful new items that have joined our catalogue and about some really great specials we have running at the moment.
Last edition I was very proud to announce the release of the 2012 edition of the Auslan dictionary, and special thanks to all of you how have sent back words of praise, they are much appreciated.
This month I have some great new Autism books to tell you about. A new book in the Disability Awareness series. A sneak peek at some new add-ons to the ever popular Time Timer clocks; and as I said before, some great specials for you to take advantage of, so lets get started....
Quick reminder : The 2012 edition of the Auslan Dictionary out now!
Just a quick reminder for those of you new to the newsletter that this great new dictionary was released 23 April 2012 and includes over 2100 signs! Plus an extensive alphabetical
index of over 6000 English words! It was a big jump from the 2009 edition with just over 1000 signs! Plus almost 500 of the old signs have been re-drawn in a new, clearer style that includes each stage of a sign, and often the end position hands in an insert box.
What truly sets this edition apart is the introductory section. An over 50 pages introduction to Auslan. It's history; Linguistics and grammar; an introduction to tense and signing space; adding emphasis and contextualization; formal, informal and casual signing; Greetings and personal information; pronouns and numerals; fingerspelling and abbreviations; and much more.
Read all about online now
We look forward to your feedback.
Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Making Miracles in the Classroom
This book offers educators, parents and other caregivers specific and actionable techniques to reach seemingly unreachable children on the autism spectrum and teach students of all abilities.
Includes a DVD....read all about them online now at http://www.bilby.net/ProdDisplaySearch.asp?txtSearch=seven
Bye Bye Max
Max is one of the original signing puppets and is no longer being made, we only have 3 in stock and have put him online for only $75, reduced from $95, so get in quick and grab a real bargain here.
....read all about him online now at https://www.bilby.net/sign/Products/SigningPuppets.asp (at the bottom of the page)
SALE : Flip Up Fairy Tales
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The Flip Up Fairy Tale collection are beautiful, but just never fitted well into our product range, so we have decided to discontinue them. As a result you will find them between 20-30% off! But only till sold out.
Fairy Tales form a well-established, important part of our culture and childhood. Step into the magical world of Fairy Tales, Traditional Stories and Fables with these soft cover book and Audio CD Sets (NOTE : Some titles only available as a CD, no book included, please read descriptions. Also, Fairy Tale books are available separately under Fairy Tales - Flip Up Books)
Books in this collection are delightfully illustrated, "lift-up flap" books; which add to the story and help maintain enthusiasm and make each story an interactive event. They also encourage prediction and discussion.
Each title includes a Read-A-Long audio CD that encourages children to follow the words as they listen to the story. Books are 21 X 21 cm and 24 pages, with at least one flip per double page. Books are sewn, not glued, making them incredibly durable
Flip up books were $12.95, but are now only $9.95, until sold out. Look at the full range only now : http://www.bilby.net/DisplayCat.asp?CatID=3&SubCatID=45
Audio CD + Book sets are reduced from $17.95 to $14.95 Look at the full range only now : http://www.bilby.net/DisplayCat.asp?CatID=3&SubCatID=42
Bye Bye Big Books
For many years now we have stocked the Big Lap Books, very popular in schools and libraries. We will still be able to get these in for you, but we have decided to
no longer keep them in stock to make room for some of our bigger sellers. I only have a limited number still in stock and have decided to have a newsletter exclusive offer! If you write
"BigBookBargain" in the discount coupon/notes section of the checkout when you buy one or more of the remaining Big Books in stock we will drop the price from $32.95 to only $26.95!
But hurry this offer is exclusive to you and the 7000 other people on our mailing list and only applies to IN STOCK books, until sold out. They are all "Peek-A-Boo" books, with holes revealing images
from the next page, and in most also the previous page. They are also very beautifully illustrated and 43.5 X 43.5 cm in size. Click the images below to have a close up view of the peek a boo holes
As of today the following titles are in stock:
...read all about them online now at http://www.bilby.net/DisplayCat.asp?CatID=3&SubCatID=43
Chew Chew Chew - Chew necklaces continue to increase in popularity
- 10 Little Monkeys (3 in stock)
- The House that Jack Built (1 only)
- The Mulberry Bush (1 only)
- I am the Music Man (1 only)
- There was on old woman who swallowed the sea (1 only)
- Old Mac Donald Had a Farm (2 available)
- Over the Meadow (1 only)
- Twinkle Twinkle (1 only)
- Five Little Ducks (1 only)
- Five Little Men (1 only)
- Wheels on the Bus (1 only)
- Cows in the kitchen (1 only)
- Down in the jungle (1 only)
- Down by the station (1 only)
- Dry Bones (which guides children through the names of all their body parts) (1 only)
- Our cat cuddles (a great language activity book looking at descriptors and emotions) (1 only)
These Chew Necklaces have been so very popular! So much so that you can now get sets of 5 for the price of 4!
Only $10.95 each! (RRP $15.95), or 5 for $39.95!
..read what others had to say:
"My son loves it. I love it. The school loves it. What more can I say? Get one! No get 2, so if you lose one you have a spare, because you will not be able to live without it." Jane, mum of Nick with Autism
"My daughter was chewing everything! 2 days later - only thing in her mouth - the necklace." Melinda
"As an OT I see so many orally soothed children. I highly recommend these necklaces. They are so discrete!" Jen
...read all about them online now at http://www.bilby.net/sign/products/chewnecklaces.asp
Overstocked Elephants and Pigs
Due to an ordering error we have way too many Elephant and Pig My First puppets in stock, so we have poped them on special till the end of August - now only $10.95! (normally $12.90)
These lovely puppets are 100% baby safe and meet all Australian safety standards for children under 3, making them rare in the puppet collection (as many other puppets have beaded eyes etc that are not baby safe).
The My First collection are all baby safe and beautifully made : check them out now
We restarted our newsletter arcive when we relaunched our website in October. From now on the newsletters will all be available here as pdf's.
1 May 2012 : SpecialNeedsNews2012May1.pdf (325kb)
Something Old, Something New - Unfortunately we have had to say goodbye to some of our Auslan and Autism resources, which are on special now until sold out.
We also have some great new resources for you including the Apps for Austism book and the new 2012 edition of the Auslan dictionary.
23 October 2011 : SpecialNeedsNews2011Oct23.pdf (296kb)
9 Weeks Till CHristmas - In this edition of our Special Needs News we release our gift certificates and updater catalogue (with over 42 new resources across all seven areas
(Sign Language, Autism, Auditory Verbal, Books for children, Educational Games, Motor Skills and Puppets) and highlight the most popular christmas gifts under each category.
13 October 2011 : WhatsNew2011Oct13 (312kb)
Awesome Auslan for All Ages - This edition is dedicated to the 12 new Auslan resources released since July; including a wonderful new Deaf Culture collection, and some great new books and games for children.
30 August 2011 : WhatsNew2011Aug30 (440kb)
Fine Tuning Motor Skills - This newsletter focuses on Fine Motor skills and includes a series of definitions, hints and tips for parents and therapists; plus review of over a dozen different resources that excersise Stationary, Locamotion, Object Manipulation, Grasp and/or visual-motor Integration
- 9 August 2011 : WhatsNew2011Aug9 (434Kb)
Hearing Awareness Week : Are You Ready? - This is a special newsletter to celebrate Hearing Awareness Week with loads of free resources to help you celebrate too!
- 26 July 2011 : WhatsNew2011Jul26 (536Kb)
Cooking as a path way to language; Fidgeting and Disability Awareness - This edition focus of the wonderful language development oportunities that are available through food preparation; and marks the launch of the new book "May Auslan Recipe Book". It also introduces the new range of Disability Awareness books, great for every home and classroom.
- 6 June 2011 : WhatsNew2011Jun6 (235Kb)
Oral / Sensory Chew Necklaces - A special edition to anounce the launch of our Chew Necklace range : The Discrete Aid Helping Orally Soothed Children self calm with dignity
- 24 May 2011 : WhatsNew2011May24 (223Kb)
Auslan In Education and Early Intervention - a look into the classroom for the signing child, resources that make a big impact!
- 22 April 2011 : WhatsNew2010Apr22.pdf (283Kb)
Games and Books that Educate and Stimulate - A brief look at the new Games and Books Catalogue, and a highlight from each section.
- 14 February 2011 : WhatsNew2010Feb14.pdf (187Kb)
The School Year Begins - As the new school year begins we take a look at some Essentials for every classroom, Routines and Svhedules, Resources to support Early Intervention and Auslan for Primary Schools
- 19 November 2010 : WhatsNew2010Nov19.pdf (184Kb)
- 3 November 2010 : WhatsNew2010Nov3.pdf (306Kb)
- 10 October 2010 : WhatsNew2010Oct10.pdf (202Kb)
Did You Know?
1 in every 160 Australian children have Autism?
As many as 50% of children with Autism can not communicate orally at 7 years of age.
That 7 % of Australian children have some form of speech impairment.
That 84% of children with Cerebral Palsy have difficulty with speech.
That Auslan has long been used and recommended by Down Syndrom Associations and Professionals.
That a PICS system of communication does not stimulate the language centers of the brain, but Auslan does.
Deaf and Hearing children who use Auslan are more likely to communicate orally earlier than non-signing peers