Creating an excellent setting for eye contact and communication, this innovative U shaped mat allows a child to sit inside the opening while the therapist, parent or teacher sits on the outside. The child has full visual and tactile access to the entire surface. Child-safe see-through pockets allow ten theme-based cards to be secured to the surface at a time. The flash cards feature beautiful photo images with the corresponding words on one side, and fun facts related to the pictures on the reverse. These serve as conversation starters to help build interaction, vocabulary, and language skills. Two sets of cards are supplied with the mat--50 Food and 50 Animal Cards. Each set has matched pairs of theme-based images for matching activities and are made of thick, durable card stock with glossy varnish that can be cleaned with a damp cloth.
A guide provided with the Dr. Jens U Play Mat provides activities that are easily adapted to home, school, therapeutic, or rehabilitative uses and in developing a cooperative approach to a childs education. There are 19 custom designed, reproducible data sheets for use in daily recording of responses and tracking progress. The vinyl mat is 4 ft.W x 3 ft.D and was designed to fit a hospital bed for use in an institutional or rehabilitative setting if necessary. The U-Play Mat is a patent pending design.