I recently had the opportunity to test our new iPad for speech purposes- Eli has been working so hard to communicate, so we began to explore PECS and electronic communication devices to relieve his frustration as he learns. The iPad was our first choice, and we quickly got Proloquo 2 to help Eli tell us what he needs. It’s a slow process, but we are thrilled at his progress and at the promise of his being understood.
The CHAT Bag was recommended to us shortly after that as an easy way to carry his iPad with him to school and out in the world. It had not even occurred to me that he would need help taking his iPad with him when he was away from me! What a brilliant idea!
So what is a CHAT Bag?
Simply put, it is a durable bag that makes holding, transporting and accessing the iPad so much easier (and more fashionable!) for children and adults who use the iPad for their daily life and communication.
Lori created the CHAT Bag for her daughter, and I’m so glad she did! Our children need to be able to communicate wherever they are- CHAT Bag makes that possible. (Learn more about Lori and her daughter Hannah here: http://www.chatbag.net/pages/AboutUs.php)
Initially I was concerned about Eli’s ability to carry such a large and heavy device. His gait isn’t the most balanced and he can be a little clumsy. I was pleased when I saw that he was able to carry his iPad with no problems. The CHAT Bag has several carrying options- handles, so he can carry it one handed, or a strap that allows him to carry his device over his shoulder or cross-body (or talk to Lori, I know she will help your child maintain independence any way she can!). Eli is only 31lbs, but he was able to independently carry his device using the CHAT Bag cross body. This is huge!
Another thing I loved was peace of mind. He can be responsible for his own things, and it also makes me feel good about the safety of his device while he is at school- I know it will always be with him and easy to find.
During the ordering and design process, Lori (the creator and designer of CHAT Bags) was amazing and attentive. She made sure that the protective case that we already had for our iPad would work for her CHAT Bag design. (Our iPad remains safe in its protective case while also snugly inside the CHAT Bag itself).
CHAT Bag is light and small- when it came in its tiny package, I was so surprised! But it stretched to perfectly fit our device and it’s case. The CHAT Bag can be custom-made to fit your needs- Lori is able to add custom features like openings for USB cords and camera, extra handles and carrying options. We got to chose from various adorable fabrics and even had the option to have Eli’s name added to the back panel. The bag is of the highest quality. It stretches to fit perfectly over his device and is quite durable.
It’s also easy to clean and has stood up to several weeks of use with three toddlers already (we share a lot in this house!).
We have greatly enjoyed the ease of access this allows Eli and the ability to take his voice anywhere we go. The best part? Lori has graciously offered to sponsor a CHAT Bags giveaway*! Awesome, right?
The giveaway ends 9/12/15 at midnight! You can enter to win one for your kiddo today! Simply comment on this post (via the comments section on WordPress, on Facebook or Instagram) with your email address and why your child would benefit from a CHAT Bag! You can gain extra entries by tagging your friends!
Good luck my friends! And happy chatting!
*Giveway: $35 value (iPad 1-4 & iPad Air 1/2) or $30 value (iPad Mini) CHAT Bag- upgrades additional