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  • "I Have Autism" A Child's First Look at Autism Resource Kit

    $46.95
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    A Resource Guide and Reproducible, Personalised,
    "I Have Autism" Book, CD-ROM and 5-Book Set

    by Pat Crissey - 4-8 years


    I Have Autism" is a children’s book to help parents and teachers explain autism to a young child. In this book, the main character, Alex, has autism. He talks about how autism affects his behavior and other aspects of his life. The inspiring story of Alex can improve the self-esteem of any child with autism and help explain why he/she is different.
    The "I Have Autism" Resource Guide includes a definition of autism, practical strategies for coping at home and at school, a reference list of books and organizations, and suggestions for talking to the child’s siblings and peers about autism. The Resource Guide also contains a reproducible "I Have Autism" book that the child can personalise. It includes suggestions for adding text and pictures to the book. Personalising an "I Have Autism" book helps the child with autism to understand his world better, to improve his/her social skills, and manage his/her behaviour.
    "I Have Autism" 5-Book Set with CD-ROM
    • Resource Guide with reproducible, personalised "I Have Autism" book (21cm x 28cm)
    • "I Have Autism" books to share with teachers, parents, and classmates (21cm x 19cm)
    • CD-ROM will print the entire Resource Guide
    • Rinky Links (24) - laminate the pages and use the rinky links to create flip books.

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  • A Ferret Named Phil

    $26.95
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    There’s a new children’s book out that every mum, dad and grandparent is going to want to include in the bedtime routine. 
    ‘A Ferret Named Phil’ is the heartwarming story of a little ferret (Phil) who overcomes a bully without resorting to violence. It’s an important message for kids of all ages told through fun rhyme and accompanied by beautiful watercolour illustrations. The book is fast becoming a favourite with kids, teachers and parents alike.
    Written by William Reimer and Illustrated by James Moore, published in 2015
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  • Action Rhymes for 4-7 years

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    This is a delightful, Australian-themed book full of action rhymes for 4-7 year olds. A great resource for busy therapists and teachers to provide fun material for working on motor planning and language development.

    Each action rhyme has a visual image, clear explanations of accompanying actions, and additional information on ways to present, support and extend the rhyme. 

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  • ADHD Go-To Guide

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    Many books have been written for parents about ADHD but most of them are quite scientific. They can be difficult to navigate, especially if you are a parent with some symptoms of ADHD yourself.

    We choose this book as a go-to guide for parents and teachers, providing up-to-date knowledge in a simple, easy-to-read format. It is filled with information your doctor would like to provide but is often unable to do so in the limited appointment times available. This book also gives a framework and practical tips for how you can manage and advocate for your child in different settings, with or without medication. It summarises evidence to date for medication and alternative therapies, examines commonly held beliefs about ADHD and debunks myths.

    This book has been written by a developmental paediatrician (Desiree Silva) and an ADHD coach (Michele Toner), both of whom are passionate about improving the lives of children with ADHD and their families. They both have over 20 years of experience in the field and recognise the need for this practical guide.

    Therapists, general practitioners and others who have contact with these wonderful children will also benefit from the information in this guide.

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  • Auditory Memory for Quick Stories

    $41.50
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    Auditory Memory for Quick Stories is Super Duper's first interactive CD-ROM (with a reproducible workbook too)! You receive 30 delightful and engaging short stories with fun, follow-up comprehension questions. Increase the difficulty level of the programme as your child improves!
    Interactive CD-ROM includes:
    • 30 illustrated, narrated stories with six follow-up questions.
    • Four levels of increasing difficulty.
    • Ability to play scene by scene, one-half story, or entire story.
    • Automatic feedback for correct/incorrect answers.
    • Data-tracking for an unlimited number of students.
    • Colour and/or black and white fun sheets.
    • Good listening awards.
    Reproducible workbook includes:
    • Identical 30 stories, plus eight additional questions per story.
    • Perforated pages for easy copying and pocket folders for storage.

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  • BEST Playground Toolbox 4 Beating Bullying & Teasing


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    For Kids - The playground can be a place of fun and friendship and also a place where children can experience the nastiness of bullying and teasing. This Notebook shows children how to identify what’s happening to them and positively and assertively stick up for themselves. It’s a life skill – and the Kids’ Notebook helps children to scale their playground experiences and then to deal with those experiences accordingly with amazing tips, tricks, and simple solutions.  Bullying and teasing is a very real and often unavoidable part of the Primary School years – so this little book is fun of easy to read an practical TOOLS for managing the tough stuff well with amazing tips, tricks, and simple solutions.

    For Parents - Parents can feel very disempowered with dealing with teasing and bullying that their child might be experiencing. What are the choices, how do you teach a child to positively and assertively stand up for themselves?  The Parents’ Notebook helps parents to understand the differences between bullying and teasing and then introduces a range of tried, tested and proven TOOLS for helping their child to manage it early, positively, assertively and proactively.  

    These booklets support each other so we have them available individually, and also as a combo.


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  • BEST Playground Toolbox Friends, Fitting In


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    For Kids - Friends are important so having a Toolbox full of great TOOLS to manage friendships is essential to being happy and successful. Kids learn the life skills of unwrapping their friendliness package, joining in, dealing with the nasty stuff like being excluded and putting out Friendship Sparks, Flames and Fires. A must have Notebook for happy and successful Primary School children. Supported by a companion Parents’ Notebook.

    For Parents - Parents also need a Toolbox full of great TOOLS to help their child to manage friends and friendships. This must have Notebook goes hand in hand with the Kids Notebook above to help parents support their kids to learn valuable life skills.

    Available individually, or as a combo.   


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  • Big Book of Cut and Paste Words

    $40.35
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    The Big Book of Cut and Paste Words contains phonic activities with a large selection of activities which can be used for individual, small group or whole class programs. The activities consolidate, extend and revise sounds and give children confidence while making new words in a familiar format. They can be photocopied, enlarged, laminated, cut up and used in a variety of ways, eg
    * Making new words
    * Putting words in sentences
    * Word patterns (same ending, same sound)
    * Cut, paste and write the words to focus also on fine motor skills

    A sequential, curriculum-based book that is useful for parents, teachers, OT's and Speechies. For 5-7 years. 
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  • Big Book of Making Words

    $35.00
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    Big Book of Making Words contains phonic activities with a large selection of consistent activities to save teachers and therapists time and give children hands-on experiences. They can be used as part of a teaching program for a whole group or for individual children. The activities consolidate, extend and revise sounds and give students confidence while making new words in a familiar format. They can be photocopied, enlarged, laminated, cut up and used in a variety of ways. 
      
    Making Words can be used for:
    • putting words in sentences
    • finding rhyming words
    • word sort activities
    • learning new words and revising known words
    • finding words in the dictionary
    • adding endings and beginnings to base words
    • finding other words with the same sound
    • as a base for handwriting activities
    • A sequential, curriculum-based book that is useful for parents, teachers, OT's and Speechies. For 5-7 years. 

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  • Can Do Oral Motor Fun and Games Book

    $29.95
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    Let Cassie Cow, Manny Monkey, and all their friends show your children how to do Oral-Motor exercises! This fun-filled book has lively illustrated exercises for tongue stimulation, tongue strengthening, tongue movement, and lip strengthening and movement with detailed descriptions for each exercise. "Can Do" Oral-Motor Fun and Games Book has game boards, colour-cut-paste activities, and manipulatives to hold your childs' interest. Best of all, there are 45 full-colour game cards as part of the "Can Do" Oral-Motor Card Game included.
    "Can Do" Oral-Motor Fun and Games
    • 98 page reproducible book
    • Progress record form

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  • Developing Cutting Skills 1,2,3 & 4


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    Designed by an Occupational Therapist, these practical and easy to use activity guides provide early childhood workers and parents with easy-to-understand information and activities focused upon the vital skill of cutting.

    Stage 1-3 is directed at 2-4 year olds, and Stage 4 is for 4-6 year olds.

    Stage 1-3 is 83 pages and Stage 4 is 114 pages, including:

    * Developmental milestone norms,

    * Simple, easy to use instructions with quick activities providing multiple opportunities for children to rehearse this essential skill

    * Worksheets accomodate both left and right handed children

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  • Developing Scissor Skills Book

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    The Developing Scissor Skills Book is a comprehensive manual aimed at Occupational Therapists or others who would benefit from an in-depth understanding of the difficulties encountered when mastering scissor skills with solutions to help identify and overcome these. There is a section of photocopiable exercises and activities covering each stage of scissor skill development.

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  • Don't Sit! Get Fit! Book

    $31.50
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    This invaluable blackline master resource aims to contribute to the development of healthy, active lifestyles in children. Suitable for teachers and therapists working with primary school students. This book has lots of fun ideas to incorporate into therapy groups as well as school programmes. Features:
    • suitable for all primary levels
    • detailed background information
    • details of phases of physical development
    • outcome links
    • activities to develop all areas of fitness
    • explicit steps for implementing a fitness program
    • formulas for students to monitor their own fitness
    • specific instructions for dance routines and games with visual aids
    • activities to develop awareness of good nutrition
    • suggestions for linking to other learning areas
    • specific instructions for activities to assess student fitness
    • student assessment activities
    • photocopiable teacher and student proformas for recording

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  • Fine Motor Skills 4-6 years

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    This a great 'hands-on' resource for parents, teachers and therapists to help children aged 4-6 years improve their fine motor skills. There a 6 sections including: 

    * shoulder and wrist, wrist and hand, and hand and finger activities

    * Scissor activities, drawing and writing, and printing practice

    There is additional information on motor planning, body awareness, bilateral integration, tactile awareness, and early childhood development.

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  • Gross Motor Skills 4-6 years

    $56.95
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    This is the perfect resource book for teachers, parents and therapists to help children improve in all areas of gross motor skill development. There are lots of ideas and information to help plan fun, effective sessions with hints and tips for assessing skills. There are 7 sections focussing on:

    Spatial and body awareness; locomotor skills; ball skills; equipment; sensory tables;  creative play; games, obstacles and relays.

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  • Handwriting Today


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    In a world dominated by digital technology and qwerty keyboards, why bother to teach handwriting?

    Research shows handwriting assists with the preparation for early literacy, increases creativity and productivity, improves learning difficulties and enhances learning and retention. It is the understanding of this that makes Handwriting today the must-have new series for teachers and for OT's working with children with handwriting difficulties. This innovative resource is packed with activities designed to combine the explicit teaching of handwriting with fun and effective cross-curricular activities, including Science, Mathematics and Health. Handwriting today is developed in workbook format for Foundation (Pre-Primary) –Year 3. 
    Available in NSW Foundation font and Victorian Modern Cursive font (VMC).
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  • Jellycat Tails Books


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    ON SALE while stocks last - now $16

    These exceptional tactile book entice young children to learn - to look at books, to turn pages, to use language, eg to 'find the....' , to remember 'who's got bright spots?, ' Who's got woolly feet?, etc. We have a Farm Animals and a Jungle Animals version. The various tails are attached to different animals throughout the book. Bright, colourful and tactile fabrics will make sure it’s a favourite. Suitable from birth, clean with a damp cloth. These soft books are perfect for toddlers, and have a carry-loop for car trips.

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  • Look Who's Smiling PhotoBook

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    The Look Who's Smiling Photo Book features clacking rings, crinkling crinkle paper and other tantalising textures that turn an ordinary photo album into a playful and useful booklet. 

    The Photo album holds up to five 4x6 photos. It can be used for toddlers and children in any number of ways, eg to provide a communication aid for non-verbal children, to provide a way for children to learn the names of important people/places/things, to support bonding with family members and friends, or to provide visual supports for children to learn routines and cope with transitions. 

    Details:
    * Ages 6 months +
    * Closed book measures 22.8L x 19W x 2.5D cm
    * Surface wash only
     

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  • Motor Skill Flip Book

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    This very practical book has been designed and compiled by Sally McNamara, Occupational Therapist. Sally has put together a fabulous resource for therapists, teachers, aides and parents, providing quick and easy motor skill programs for children. There are 100 fun activities that can be selected to help children work on 5 colour-coded areas of motor development, including: 

    Core strength, shoulder stability, gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination and pencil control. 

    The activities are formatted on thick, durable card in a separated flip-out style for easy mix and match sessions. You can select a different activity from each category to put together a programme for the week, with recording charts etc all laid out to enable progress to be tracked. Easy!! The activities are of varying degrees of difficulty and are generally adaptable for children from ages 4-12 years.


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  • My Bendy Body

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    This book is for children with hypermobility conditions and their parents to share with important people in their lives. Written by Michelle O'Sullivan, Occupational Therapist, and delightfully illustrated by Annabelle Jones, it's a 26 page children's book which talks positively about living with hypermobility.

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  • New Wave Pre-writing Workbook

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    New Wave Pre-writing Patterns is written by Occupational Therapists to help children make the smooth transition to writing alphabet letters. It provides developmentally sequenced activities to teach the foundation skills that are essential to learn the patterns we then combine to make numbers and letters.

    This book introduces each pattern in 3 stages:

    1. Big body movements

    2. Art activities to practice the pattern, big and small

    3. Consolidating the pattern through activity sheets

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  • No Fuss Games - Book for 5-11yrs

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    Simple and easy to follow games 
    No-fuss Games to get children active is exactly as the title suggests. This blackline master offers teachers, therapists and parents simple, easy-to-follow and easy-to-organise games which are appealing to children in pairs, small groups and larger groups. There are lots of innovative ideas to incorporate into school and therapy programmes focussed on developing gross motor skills and encouraging activity. They are designed to use minimal equipment and can be initiated with the minimum of fuss and organisation. The games and activities are presented with an interesting twist which will keep children excited and moving. There are rules for each game, suggested adaptations to make them harder and easier, diagrams and pictures, and skills checklists for participants.
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  • Parenting Is Forever

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    by Elizabeth Green 


    ‘Believe and trust in your children. But most of all, be kind.’

    Parents ask, ‘Why are children so anxious?’, ‘Has my child got autism?’, ‘How do I calm a screaming baby, yelling child or angry teenager?’ and ‘What can I do when my child wants to die?’ Anxiety, autism, ADHD and learning problems make school hard. Depression, self-harm, cyberbullying and eating disorders are part of our complex lives. Stress, busyness and a digital world changes parenting. Parenting is Forever reflects the ongoing conversations of a paediatrician with those who care for children. It is influenced by her experience as a parent and from helping more than 30,000 families over twenty-five years. Dr Elizabeth Green shares her practical tips for navigating the developmental stages of childhood. From before birth, through early childhood and adolescence to adulthood. Parenting is not a competition. It’s okay to fail and try again. That’s what makes us better parents.

    We'd like to recommend this book to parents. Dr Elizabeth Green has been our local paediatrician since we commenced Skillbuilders back in 1993. She has always provided our families with wonderful care, always thorough, comprehensive, and providing parents with valued guidance and support. All this is reflected in this book. So many pearls of wisdom!
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  • Preschool Songs and Fingerplays: 3-5 years

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    Developing language through rhythm and movement... A very useful resource for therapists and teachers providing blackline masters of more than 70 original and classical songs and fingerplays. These activities provide the basis for all sorts of programmes, both individual and group, focussing on every developmental area. Essential!

    Songs or fingerplays are provided for over 40 familiar early learning themes and topics, with easy-to-follow instructions for 2 additional activities each. 

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  • Read Between the Lines

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    Learning idioms is a piece of cake if you teach them in themes! Read Between the Lines! teaches 198 idioms in 10 different themes making them easier for children to learn and remember. 10 Different Themes
    • School
    • Clothes
    • Food
    • Sports
    • Colours
    • Animals
    • Head and Face
    • Legs and Arms
    • Money
    • Numbers
    The units teach idioms within the context of modern day conversations along with whimsical illustrations. Each conversation has a controlled readability of Year 3 or below. Use additional worksheet activities to reinforce and practice at home. 200 pages.
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  • Sensory Diet Fun Sheets

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    Perfect for therapists treating sensory processing and modulation problems in children, the fun sheets in this book use multi-level games and activities to encourage self-regulation of sensory systems. Activities target five sensory categories:
    • Movement and Balance (Vestibular)
    • Movement and Resistance (Proprioception)
    • Oral-Motor
    • Tactile
    • Visual, Auditory and Olfactory
    By having children active participants in the activities included in this book, they will learn how to manage their arousal level to help them navigate a daily routine, improve focus, concentration, coordination, and organization and develop skills that help them feel “just right.” Worksheets include activities with three levels of difficulty and games for all ages. You’ll also find easy-to-use templates for therapists, helpful handouts for parents, and more! The CD-ROM allows printing the workbook pages in colour or black and white.
    It is recommended to use these cards only under the supervision of an OT trained in sensory processing theory and techniques. 
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  • Sensory Support Flip-Book

    $55.00
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    A practical and information new resource by Sally McNamara, Occupational Therapist

    The Sensory Support Flip-Book Guide has been created for anyone who wants to find out more about the sensory preferences and needs of someone they know- or perhaps learn more about themselves. It is particularly relevant for individuals who are more easily 'over-stimulated' or 'under-stimulated' by certain sensations, and can become dysregulated as a result. 

    It has been written as a guide for parents or teachers of children who want to provide the optimal conditions for learning, development and task engagement for an individual (or individuals) that they know.
    The book can also be used as a tool for therapists to guide basic assessment, education, treatment and support of individuals in their care. The flip-card style allows for easy identification of sensory needs and preferences so that the relevant strategies can then be put in place to support that person as required.

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  • Simply Social 7@School

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    Simply Social 7 at School has 200 pages of reproducible activities to help children develop stronger social skills. First students learn the Simply Social 7—the seven strategies that ensure positive relationships with their peers, teachers, parents, and other adults. Then students apply their knowledge during extension activities.
    Simply Social 7 at School reviews 50 topics that students with pragmatic difficulties struggle with the most. Topics range from everyday skills such as following directions, using greetings, and turn-taking, to more complex skills like giving advice, understanding figurative language, and understanding facial expressions. Simply Social 7 at School also includes a Social Skills Checklist to help you target where your students need help the most.
    Each topic includes:
    • Simply Social 7 Steps page that uses a scripted lesson to teach the social skill.
    • Look and Learn page that uses a humorous cartoon scene to illustrate the social skill lesson.
    • Think and Review page that presents different social situations for students to analyze and discuss.
    • Take-Home Practice page that gives parents a practical way to review the social skill.
    • Simply Social Superstar that can be awarded to students when they demonstrate mastery of the skill.

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  • Stopwatch

    $10.50
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    An essential item in the therapy or teaching toolbox!

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  • The Ant Patrol - Children's Stories


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    The Ant Patrol Children's Stories are a resource that offers a treasure trove of strategies for parents and professionals alike. Creatively written and beautifully illustrated, these engaging stories strike at the heart of children's social and emotional development. Each of the six books in the set tells a story constructed around a key developmental issue relevant to every child. This resource is particularly useful for children with high functioning ASD or ADHD.

    The books include explicit teaching on how to perform each skill for children, and there are helpful hints and explanatory notes for parents and professionals. The key skill areas include:

    * Impulse control - 'Pick Your Moment'. 'Mind on the Job'

    * Social awareness - 'Stay in Line'

    * Social perspective taking - 'Name of the Game'

    * Frustration control - 'Seeing Red'

    * Coping with worry - 'Fear Factor'

    The books can be purchased individually, or as a set.

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  • Z Vibe: Tips and Techniques Book

    $28.00
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    An essential resource to support use of the Z-Vibe. Provides explaination as to appropriate methods and helpful suggestions for most success.

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