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SafeStraw Giveaway Ends July 27

SafeStrawOur SafeStraw has been chosen as our Weekly Giveaway from July 21 – 27. We are giving away both styles (regular and thickened liquids) use a chamber that has a one-way valve and a “float” to regulate how much fluid can be sucked through the straw at one time. It delivers approximately one teaspoon, per suck and comes in a  regular style and a thickened liquid style.

SafeStraw Features:

  • Helps individuals with dysphagia and/or deficient oropharyngeal or oral motor skills drink safely.
  • Cuts down on manually controlling liquid intake by squeezing a straw or spoon feeding.
  • Assists with prevention of aspiration when drinking fluids.
  • Assists with oral motor control when swallowing liquids.
  • Discreet drinking tool.
  • Fits in a variety of drinking containers, including caps and bottles.
  • Great training tool.

How Does the SafeStraw Work:

The SafeStraw provides a limited bolus size by use of a fluid chamber, a one way valve and a float. As the patient sucks on the straw, fluid flows through the valve and into the chamber. When the fluid travels through the chamber to the SafeStraw, the float rises. After around 1 teaspoon, the float reaches the top of the chamber and closes it off to prevent the patient from receiving more fluid than they need. Once they stop sucking, the float sinks to the bottom of the chamber. This break gives them time to control the liquid bolus and swallow safely. Once the float has reached the bottom of the chamber, they can safely draw another batch of fluid.

Click here to fill out the entry form and good luck. The application tends to work better when the form is filled out on a computer rather than a tablet or phone. At the end of each week, one lucky fan will be notified by eSpecial Needs that you have won. No duplications will be counted. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Sweepstakes ends 7-27-2014.


Ask The Expert: E-Z-ON Adjustable Vests and Mounts

Gayle H. from Evanston, IN wrote us recently with some questions about the tethers associated with the E-Z-ON Adjustable Vest. “I’m a little confused about which one to buy. Should I get the Tether Mount or Floor Mount version? And do I need two different vests for our car and the school bus my child rides?” Our expert, Product Specialist Scott Kouri, is here to help.E-Z-ON Adjustable Vest

We get questions like yours a lot, Gayle. We’ve also had a few confused customers buy the wrong mount thinking there was no real difference between them. I’m going to try to make things a little clearer with this post.

Safety Begins With Proper Sizing

Before we get into the questions, let’s talk about sizing for a moment. To get the safest, most secure fit, you need to take a moment to choose the right size E-Z-ON Vest for your loved one. E-Z-ON sizes its vests based on waist circumference. To help our customers out, we have a sizing chart under the Specifications tab of our product pages to help guide you. After all, the right mounts and tethers won’t help you if the vest doesn’t fit.

Check For Your Anchors

When we talk about “mounts,” we mean the strap or tether that connects the anchors on the shoulders of the E-Z-ON Vest to a tether anchor installed in the vehicle. You’ll find a tether anchor – the small metal ring to which you’ll clip your mount – behind the rear passenger seats in one of three places: the parcel shelf, on the back of the seat or in the floor of the cargo area. All cars made since late 1999 must have tether anchors installed, so check your owner’s manual if you have trouble finding them. If you have an older vehicle, you may have to look into having a tether anchor installed by a professional.

Different Mounts for Different Uses

Most vehicles have only one tether anchor behind each back seat, making the E-Z-ON Tether Mount the best choice for most situations. This tether keeps the shoulders in place and the user in an upright position, while the seat belt (with supplemental Seat Belt Buckle Guard) secures the hips in front.

When a seat belt isn’t available, the E-Z-On Floor Mount can provide added security. This mount is also useful with particularly clever or stubborn children who can somehow get free of the Tether Mount. The Floor Mount requires two tether anchors to secure the child’s hips, though, so you’ll most likely need extra ones installed at your local dealership. You’ll also need to be able to slip the two hip strap connectors between the seat and seat back for attaching to the D-rings on the vest.

The E-Z-ON Seat Mount is for use in Yellow School Buses ONLY due to the specific dimensions of most bus seats. This mount are not for use in a family vehicle. However, it is possible to use the same vest for both school bus and automobile travel, as you’ll read below.

One Vest or Two?

Now let’s discuss Gayle’s other question about how many vests she needs. Lots of families that use the E-Z-ON Adjustable Vest for Family Vehicles also need help securing their child when they ride off to school on the bus. That doesn’t mean they need to buy two vests, though.

You can have the E-Z-ON Adjustable Vest customized to feature both the security strapping and D-rings needed for both the Tether and Seat mount at no extra cost. That way, your child can go from the school bus Seat Mount to family car Tether Mount and vice versa without changing vests at all. This is also convenient if you happen to have both a newer and older model vehicle and are using both the Floor and Tether mounts.

Our Product Specialists can customize your order with no problem, though you may have to wait just a little longer for delivery. I should also note that E-Z-ON can customize vests for children and adults who are over and under the standard sizes. They can also make specialized vests for conjoined twins, air travel, infants traveling in supine positions, g-tubes users and more. By calling us at 877-664-4565, we can prepare a quote for whatever you type of vest need.

Keep Those Questions Cominge-z-on-girl-in-car

Gayle’s questions are just a few the ones we get every day here at eSpecial Needs. If you have questions about the proper use or benefits of any of the products we offer, let us know! Drop us a line by clicking on the “Ask the Expert” box in the sidebar or through our Contact Us page. We’ll do everything we can to get you the answers you’re looking for.


Small Youth Pull-On Swim Diaper in Pink – Ends July 20

Youth Pull On Swim DiaperOur Youth Pull-On Swim Diaper has once again been chosen as our Weekly Giveaway. From July 9-20, we are giving away a Youth Pull-On Swim Diaper that is pink and a size small ONLY. This Youth Pull-On Swim Diaper has an outer layer that is made of 85% Nylon and 15% Spandex which helps prevent the seepage of stool into the water of swimming pools. The inner layer provides comfort and durability due to it being 100% Polyester. This swim diaper does NOT hold urine or liquids as it is not an absorbent swim diaper. The Youth Pull-On Swim Diaper has elastic around the legs and waist band for the user to get a snug fit. This swim diaper may be worn either alone or under a swimsuit for an easy disguise.

The size small that we are giving away fits users who’s waist circumference is 18″-27″ and leg circumference is 12″-18″.

Our Youth Pull-On Swim Diaper Features:

  • Approved for helping swimming pool facilities meet standards for healthy swimming
  • Specifically suited for the needs of users who require the use of a diaper while swimming
  • Designed specifically for bowel incontinent swimmers only without adding weight to the swim diaper
  • Designed to significantly help reduce deadly bacteria contamination in and around swimming areas
  • Designed to not absorb or contain liquids
  • Constructed to fit comfortably and discreetly under a swimsuit. Our swim diaper would replace the traditional diapers used in water
  • This swim diaper is machine washable and latex free
  • The value of the Youth Pull-On Swim Diaper is $19.95

Click here to fill out the entry form and good luck. The application tends to work better when the form is filled out on a computer rather than a tablet or phone. At the end of each week, one lucky fan will be notified by eSpecial Needs that you have won. No duplications will be counted. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Sweepstakes ends 7-20-2014.