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New powerchair and wheelchair trays in Australia

Carl Thompson, get in touch if you want to be one of the first owners of a Trabasack in Australia

We have a new site for Trabasack in Australia. We are very happy to have nabbed a top blogger and dynamo to work with us. The first box of stock has been sent to entrepreneur Carl Thompson who will be launching it in Australia for us. Triumphant after completing his Bachelor of Business Honours degree course, he is keen to hear from anyone interested in trabasack in Australia. A few review samples are available for Oz bloggers over there so do get in touch.

We are are focusing on Trabasack’s use as a wheelchair tray at first, as we know this is where one of its greatest advantages comes, although of course any one can use a trabasack and it has been designed as an inclusive product for everyone.

New Wheelchair Tray site registered in Australia

Check out Carl’s new site at Wheelchair Tray it may look slightly familiar!

Carl using Magic Mobility powerchair to go up some steps

Carl Thompson using a Magic Mobility All terrain powerchair to go up some steps!

The new site is hosted in Australia and we hope that a few web active peeps from the disability sector over there will link to it to help it appear in local searches. Maybe we should set up a links page on it and link to a few people first!

If any one has friend has friends in Oz please let them know, the prices will reflect the lower costs in us sending a box of trabasacks at a time rather than posting single ones from the UK. Carl is also working with Magic Mobility an all terrain wheelchair company over there, so we hope that some of their customers may be interested.

 

The blog will be regularily updated and there will also be a trabasack.com.au  website for purchase coming soon. Anyone interested in purchasing now, can do so via paypal. Leave a comment on the new site and we will be in touch.

Visit it here: Trabasack Australia

 

New Powerchair tray reaches Australia

Carl Thompson, get in touch if you want to be one of the first owners of a Trabasack in Australia

We have a new site for Trabasack in Australia. We are very happy to have nabbed a top blogger and dynamo to work with us. The first box of stock has been sent to entrepreneur Carl Thompson who will be launching it in Australia for us. Triumphant after completing his Bachelor of Business Honours degree course, he is keen to hear from anyone interested in trabasack in Australia. A few review samples are available for Oz bloggers over there so do get in touch.

We are are focusing on Trabasack’s use as a wheelchair tray at first, as we know this is where one of its greatest advantages comes, although of course any one can use a trabasack and it has been designed as an inclusive product for everyone.

New Wheelchair Tray site registered in Australia

Check out Carl’s new site at Wheelchair Tray it may look slightly familiar!

Carl using Magic Mobility powerchair to go up some steps

Carl Thompson using a Magic Mobility All terrain powerchair to go up some steps!

The new site is hosted in Australia and we hope that a few web active peeps from the disability sector over there will link to it to help it appear in local searches. Maybe we should set up a links page on it and link to a few people first!

If any one has friend has friends in Oz please let them know, the prices will reflect the lower costs in us sending a box of trabasacks at a time rather than posting single ones from the UK. Carl is also working with Magic Mobility an all terrain wheelchair company over there, so we hope that some of their customers may be interested.

 

The blog will be regularily updated and there will also be a trabasack.com.au  website for purchase coming soon. Anyone interested in purchasing now, can do so via paypal. Leave a comment on the new site and we will be in touch.

Visit it here: Trabasack Australia

 

Trabasack at Naidex South

October Events: Come and see Trabasack at Naidex South

Trabasack at a previous Naidex Exhibition.

Naidex South is the homecare, disabilities and therapy exhibition for the South East and London which gives you the chance to test drive and try out the latest products and innovations in the social and health care sectors. The aim is to provide ideas and information of what is available for people who may have a disability, children with special needs, learning difficulties and long term conditions including arthritis, diabetes, dementia and autism. To help people find products services and organisations that will help them to live more independently.

London Excel Exhibition Venue

Taking place on 19th and 20th October at the Excel London Trade Expo, Greater London House Hampstead Road LONDON NW1 7EJ , Trabasack will be showing our very best products for anybody to try out and we’re happy to be joined by Guy Harris of DisabledGear.com who sells and markets fantastic wheelchair jeans and trousers.

As well as versatile innovations like Trabasack, you will also have the opportunity to attend CPD related conferences if you are a professional who works in the field and also take advantage of some of the great special offers only available over the conference period. These include:

Vegnari Magnet Therapy at a special offer price

Brolly Sheets at a price you won’t find on the high street or your usual online retailers

And many more.

Another great feature of Naidex exhibitions is The Car Zone, an area dedicated to the showcasing and display of vehicles specifically adapted for wheelchair users. With the support of the Blue Badge Network, you can have a look at some fantastic vehicle options and find out if an accessible vehicle is something which could be a great option for you!

 The focus at Naidex South is independence and how technology can aid and develop the independence and personal freedom of those with disabilities. We at Trabasack feel very at home in the company of those at Naidex as we also support innovative and accessible technology, as our products clearly demonstrate!

Come and see Trabasack at Naidex and say hello we will be very pleased to meet you!

You’ll find both us and Guy of Disabledgear.com at stand C33.

Click NaidexSouth for our full press release.

Snack and Play Tray

Snack and Play Tray

Kids Snack Tray.
Whether its within the car, on the bus or even on a aeroplane, children can become thoroughly unsettled and tired when traveling long distance (and even short distance!). Im sure youve tried many different strategies to keep them entertained and subdued but in most cases you probably dread each and every time youve got a long distance to go. Youre worrying about :.

a) How to keep your children entertained.

b) How to guarantee they dont make a huge mess of the back seat of the car.

c) How to stop yourself getting absolutely stressed out.

We have the remedy and its painless : Trabasacks. A Trabasack is superb buggy tray and travelling bag which can very easily be used as a snack and play travel tray for whenever youre traveling with your smalls fry. You can involve your youngsters around the whole experience from picking the snacks and games to take in their Trabasack, with a superb bag facility in addition to a good tray surface, to strapping their Trabasacks round their waists with its handy security straps and the play may start!

Some great ideas for your Trabasack snack and play travel tray.

A Trabasack snack and play travel tray in use.
There are many things you could select to fill your snack and play travel tray bag with and a few of our favourites would include :.

Decks of cards for Snap or other straight forward and time consuming games!.

Pocket sized books like Mr. Men or Pocket Book collections are a nifty option for keeping weight down.

Bottled water or fruit drinks bottles rather than cans to help them to have the covers screwed back on so no danger of spillage.

Yogurt tubes no need for spoons! Superb and simple to eat without mess or bother.

Mini cheeses again, in their own packaging and simple to dispose of.

Fruit bags most supermarkets produce small fruit bags these days which are perfect for little kids who would possibly not polish off a whole apple or orange for instance!.

These are simply a few of our tips for a great snack and play tray.
If there is any mess trabasack can be sponged down with a damp cloth or put it in the washing machine! It is machine washable at 30 degree on a low spin.

Of course, you can add your own ideas from your children’s personal favourites to any new experimental foods you want to test out! The Trabasack snack and play tray can be personalised however you like and you can truly breathe a sigh of relief as your kids are silenced by all the fun they’re having!

Snack and Play Tray

Keep your kids entertained with a snack and play travel tray

A Trabasack snack and play travel tray

Whether it’s in the car, on the bus or even on a plane, kids can become extremely unsettled and bored when travelling long distance (or even short distance!). I’m sure you’ve tried many different tactics to keep them entertained and quiet but in most cases you probably dread every time you’ve got a long distance to travel. You’re worrying about:

a)    How to keep your kids entertained

b)    How to ensure they don’t make a huge mess of the back seat / train / bus

c)    How to stop yourself getting completely stressed out

We have the answer and it’s very simple: Trabasacks. A Trabasack is fantastic buggy tray and bag that can easily be used as a snack and play travel tray for whenever you’re on a journey with your kids. You can involve your kids in the whole experience from picking the snacks and games to pack in their Trabasack, which has a fantastic bag facility as well as firm tray surface, to strapping their Trabasacks round their waists with its handy security straps and the fun can begin!

Some great ideas for your Trabasack snack and play travel tray

A Trabasack snack and play travel tray in use

There are many things you could choose to fill your snack and play travel tray bag with and some of our favourites include:

Decks of cards – for Snap or other easy and time consuming games!

Books – smaller books like Mr. Men or Pocket Book collections are a great choice for keeping weight down

Bottled water or fruit drinks – bottles over cans so they can have the lids screwed back on so no risk of spillage

Yoghurt tubes – no need for spoons! Brilliant and easy to eat without mess or trouble

Mini cheeses – again, in their own packaging and easy to dispose of

Fruit bags – most supermarkets offer small fruit bags these days which are great for smaller kids who may not finish a whole apple or orange for example!

These are just a few of our ideas for a great snack and play tray. If there is any mess trabasack can be sponged down with a damp cloth or put it in the washing machine! It is machine washable at 30 degree on a low spin.

Of course, you can add your own ideas from your children’s personal favourites to any new experimental foods you want to test out! The Trabasack snack and play tray can be personalised however you like and you can truly breathe a sigh of relief as your kids are silenced by all the fun they’re having!

Trabasack as a car seat tray

Using a Trabasack Car Seat Tray

A Trabasack car seat tray being put to good use!

There are many great uses for your Trabasack but have you considered using it as a car seat tray for your child when you’re out and about? It really is a great idea as you can keep your child both entertained and even fed and watered by simply strapping your Trabasack round their waist whilst they’re sat in their car seat.

Trabasack is even better than conventional car seat trays because it has its second fantastic function as a bag. This means you can pack up all the great snacks, books and toys for the journey and your child can pick and choose independently what they want to play with or what they want to snack on.

The Trabasack Car Seat Tray keeps toys in their place

To avoid the upset of a child losing their favourite toy, you can even secure it to the tray surface if you opt for the innovative Trabasack Curve Connect. The Connect surface allows for items to be secured to the car seat tray with Velcro hooks and then you won’t have to stop driving to pick up Mr Ted or whoever has inevitably fallen off your child’s lap.

One of the best features of the Trabasack car seat tray is its universality. It shouldn’t matter which car seat you have as the Trabasack is strapped around your child using its two long straps and rests comfortably on its bean bag cushion on their lap. It doesn’t need to be connected to the car seat itself at all so has no impact on the car seats functionality and safety and should work with all different types of seats.

Relieve the stress of travelling with a Trabasack car seat tray

An example of some toys on a Trabasack tray surface

Stopping and starting every five minutes to pass your child a drink or fetch their favourite toy can be extremely tiresome so if you give them the responsibility of looking after their own toys and snacks and an innovative Trabasack car seat tray and bag to keep them safe, you should have far less diversions and therefore much less stress!

Using a Trabasack car seat tray is a great way of keeping your child settled and your journey stress free.

Creating a sensory garden

How to make a sensory garden

We have created a small area as a sensory garden for our son, Joe who has dravet syndrome. We have used wind chimes and windmills, a colourful flag from a carboot sale and some streamers hanging from the trees. We also added a small water feature, a pump in a wooden barrel creates a pleasant rippling noise for Joe.

Our son joe laying on a trabasack play tray

Our son Joe enjoying the sensory garden

To find out about suitable plants for a sensory garden, I asked Garden designer and restoration specialist Charlie Bloom for some ideas on the most approriate plants to choose:

Sensory plants for any garden

A garden by definition is a place to excite and satisfy the senses each can be stimulated by using plants that not only look beautiful, but also feel and smell as such. With that in mind, I have made a list of some of my favourites that are fully hardy and will enhance any sensory garden planting scheme.

Touch and feel

There are a number of plants that have soft, velvety foliage. Stachys byzantia and Salvia argentia have woolly sliver leaves, known affectionately as “lambs ears”, these plants are purely tactile, but both adorn themselves with tall flower spikes during the summer.

 

Phlomis fruticosa is a bit more conservative in its wooliness, but none the less is soft to the touch and has garish yellow flowers during the summer.

sensory plants for a sensory garden. Atribution http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Stan_Shebs

Phlomis Fructicosa

Sensory grass plant attribution of image, gratitude to http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Miya.m

Miscanthus sinensis: "is a graceful swaying grass"

In contrast, Miscanthus sinensis, is a graceful swaying grass, that bursts with silky flowers that rustle gently in the breeze.

 

 

 

 

Aroma

Plants have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal qualities, many as aromatics and thus add another dimension to the garden, as plants that can awake our sense of smell, an essential  in a sensory garden.

Monarda didyma, also known as Bergamot, has a heady aromatic scent, with the benefit of many heads of scarlet pompom flowers in the summer.

Lavender a sensory plant known fro its aromatic smell

Lavender, a sensory plant that is hardy and very common in gardens.

Lavender has been long associated with relaxation and rest and the oil is harvested to add to a myriad of products. Helychrysum or Curry Plant has a distinct aroma of curry spice and has a burst of yellow flowers. With all aromatics and herbs, by rubbing the leaves and stalks between the fingers, the oils are released and the full power released.

The extra dimension of taste can be provided by all fruits, vegetables and herbs, aromatics like Mints, Rosemary and Chives.

Chives, are scented, easy to grow and can be used for cooking too.

Rosemarinus officinales (Rosemary), Mentha spicata (Mint) and Allium schoenoprasum (chives) are also good choices.”

 

Some care should be taken with aromatic plants if your child has epilepsy. There have been incidences of ‘plant induced seizures’ particularly with rosemary. Something to bear in mind!

 

 

In the next post I will show some photos of the physical and homemade sensory toys we have added to our our sensory garden.

 

 

Bio for Charlie Bloom

Garden designer and restoration specalist. Having restored the formal garden at Sir John Mills old estate, I moved on to work in the design and restoration of historic and country gardens, with special interest in Cottage style, herbaceous borders and potagers, I now write a bit too. Please ask any questions on my blog about garden design and restoration in Kent and East Sussex. If you have any questions at all about choosing plants for a sensory garden please tweet me at @bloomsblogs or email me at the address on my website.

 

Creating a sensory garden

The easiest way to produce a sensory garden.

We have made a modest area as a sensory garden for our oldest, Joe who has dravet syndrome. We have used windmills, a colorful flag from a jumble sale and a few banners flowing from the trees. We additionally added a little water fountain, a pump in a hardwood barrel makes a interesting gurgling sound for Joe.

To find out about suitable plants for a sensory garden, I asked Garden designer and restoration specialist Charlie Blooms of;

http://www.charliebloomsgardendesigns.co.uk/

click the link to find out more;
http://sensoryplaytray.com/sensory-garden/