HOPELights Introduces New Magazine For Children With Special Needs

New monthly activity magazine empowers children with autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cognitive delays and sensory related challenges to learn, grow and experience success.
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  • Dallas, TX (1888PressRelease) September 22, 2010 - HOPELights Media announced today a new magazine specifically for children with special needs. HOPELights™ magazine empowers children to learn, grow and succeed despite learning challenges due to autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and other cognitive or sensory related disorders. Through gentle learning approaches readers can succeed and thrive without being over stimulated or overwhelmed during the learning process.

    HOPELights magazine uses Gentle Methods™, Customizable Variable Print and Gestalt Learning practices proven to stimulate independent learning for special needs children. The publication immediately intrigues these children through name recognition and ownership upon arrival as it is customized with their name on the front and back cover utilizing Variable Data Print (VDP) technologies.

    HOPELights takes from the Gestalt theory that learning consists of grasping a structural whole and not just a mechanistic response to a stimulus and even rejects that learning takes place through breaking down a sum of the parts. Special needs children all learn based on their own personality, processing of information and interpretation. For example a child may learn though recognizing a letter rendered in a wide variety of different fonts or type styles, or the apparent motion created by a rapid sequence of imagery that gives the illusion of movement. This empowers the child to learn within the parameters of their own reality or elements that positively stimulate their unique senses.

    "The difference between HOPELights and periodicals for typical children is in our use of colors, graphics, and language concepts that is easier for a special needs child to view, comprehend and rehearse," said Dawn Grosvenor, founder of HOPELights Media and the mother of an autistic daughter. "We are transforming learning into positive, independent, successful learning experiences for these children."

    Readers of HOPELights magazine develop the following skills:

    • Math: Numeric sequencing, number recognition, music note recognition
    • Reading and Language Arts: Vocabulary recognition, reading, music note recognition and reinforcement into reading text
    • Motor Skill Development: handwriting, hand-eye coordination, and visual tracking
    • Character Development: accomplishment, pride in completion, reinforcement of identity, independence

    Specific elements of the magazine include:
    • Customization of each issue with the readers name on the front and back covers to create joy in ownership and reinforcement in name recognition
    • Rhythmic patterns blending harmonic colors to synchronize neurological framework and simplify visual learning
    • Full color photography to integrate real world identification and learning
    • Music patterns that reinforce reading as well as character and word recognition
    • Smoother, attainable bridges of skill development to boost confidence and motivation through achievement

    "Children with special needs seek identity anchors, HOPELights steps in to fill an unmet gap by reaching them through reinforcement of their name through a publication designed specifically to enhance their own name recognition, this is critical in learning, to generate an immediate enthusiasm once the publication hits their mailbox," added Grosvenor.

    HOPELights magazine is available in three subscription options starting as low as $6.70 an issue with an annual subscription. To order a subscription for your child or give to a child you know, go to www.hopelightmedia.com. The website includes a Free Test Drive to check out how the publication would look on the front cover with the child's name.

    Five percent of all proceeds are donated back to a charity supporting children of special needs. For a list of charitable interests go to: http://www.hopelightmedia.com/index.php/main/special-kid ...

    Magazine images available for the publication and creative imagery in our press room under the image library: http://www.hopelightmedia.com/index.php/news-and-press/i ... as well as a sample pdf copy on-line.

    About HopeLights Media

    HOPELight Media, LLC was founded by Dawn Grosvenor, mother of a daughter who demonstrated signs of autism after three years of age. After formally being diagnosed as PDD-NOS, recognized as an Autism Spectrum Disorder, a new search for autism treatments, materials, classes and teachers ensued. Dawn's search for appropriate materials and activities went from frustration to passion. HOPELights serves the purpose of developing and recommending such materials and activities for special needs children that motivate and educate through positive, holistic stimuli. The materials are well suited across the range of special needs and provides support to many levels of Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, MR, Spinal Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Pediatric Hospice and any child experiencing sensory or cognitive delays.

    The HOPELights magazine has harnessed the power of customizable print to transform learning experiences for children. The periodical is the first of its kind targeted specifically to support the sensory needs of "differently-abled" youth. The company strives to support the unique population of parents, families, and children with an uncompromising, sustained effort of inclusion and joy.

    Five percent of all proceeds are directed to the charities that support these childhood conditions. For more information, visit http://www.hopelightmedia.com or email hope ( @ ) hopelightmedia dot com

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