What is Remediation

The word -remediation- is very important in the work my colleagues and I do with families affected by autism and other neuro-developmental disabilities, but it is a word that is unfamiliar to many people. I thought I would take a moment this week to talk about what remediation means in general, and specifically in the realm of autism.

Let’s start with some basic dictionary definitions:
Remediate (verb) – To remedy a problem
Remedial (adjective) – Intended to correct or improve one’s skill in a specific field; therapeutic, corrective, restorative
Remediation (noun) – Use of remedial methods to improve skills; the act or process of correcting a deficiency

Dr. Steven Gutstein’s definition of remediation: Correcting a deficit to the point where it no longer constitutes and obstacle

My definition: Work ON something, not just around it

Whether you are a parent or professional, it is critical to understand what remediation is, and the distinction between remediation and compensation. Perhaps the most common application of this distinction is in the area of reading problems. If a child is diagnosed with a reading disability, we typically apply remediation approaches to help them learn to read. At various points we may use compensations, such as books on tape, to support them. However, our goal is to remediate, or correct, the problem that is preventing them from reading so they can become functional readers. In my professional experience, I have yet to come across a situation where adults believe that if an 8 year old child is not yet reading, that we should just compensate for that and give them books on tape to listen to for the rest of their lives. Remedial efforts are taken to get to the root of the problem and overcome the issues that are preventing successful reading.

Now take this same concept and apply it to individuals on the autism spectrum. By definition they are struggling in many areas: socialization, communication, thinking flexibly, and the list goes on depending on the person. What approach do we usually take to these deficits? By and large, we take a compensation approach. We find ways to work around these problems so that the students fit into the mold of what we do at home and in school everyday. Our main motivation becomes applying strategies that help them exhibit what we consider to be -typical- behaviors -sit appropriately in the classroom or at church, learn academic skills, play on the playground equipment, wait in line without becoming upset, greet others when we see them, etc. While we may also look for ways to support their communication and to improve their relationships with others, we do this on a very surface level without really understanding the obstacles that create those problems in the first place. And, because we don’t really understand the root issues that create these problems, we resort to compensation techniques rather than remediating the root causes.

When you look at the history of treatments in the field of autism, it has been primarily about compensation. While research on the brain and autism has continued to move forward and provide us new information, our treatment approaches have stagnated. The methods we were using 30 years ago are still the methods being used today, despite the fact that we have a whole host of new information available to us. We now have the capacity to take what we know about the disorder of autism and how it impacts brain function, and develop new techniques and approaches that move beyond compensation and actually work to remediate (correct) the primary features of the disorder. This is one of the exciting things about newer approaches such as the Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Program, which focuses on remediating, rather than just working around, the core deficits we see in individuals with autism and other neuro-developmental disorders.

It is time to move beyond thinking about treatment as merely capitalizing on strengths, and begin thinking about how to strengthen areas of weakness. Research has shown us that autism is primarily a disorder of connectivity in the brain-with some portions over connected and others under connected. What is so exciting about this is that we know that neural connectivity can change throughout the lifespan. The human brain has an enormous capacity for developing new connections and changing the patterns of connectivity when given the right types of stimulation. This is what allows us to look at autism treatment in a new light. It cannot be merely about strengthening the areas that are already strong. Effective education and treatment must be focused on building new connections in the areas where connectivity is deficient. This is the essence of remediation.

About the Author: Autism specialist Nicole Beurkens, founder and director of the Horizons Developmental Remediation Center, provides practical information and advice for families living with autism and other developmental disabilities. If you are ready to reduce your stress level, enrich your child’s development, and improve your family’s quality of life, get your FREE reports now at ==> www.HorizonsDRC.com

Grand Canyon National Park Choppers – Do These Over the Spring Time Holiday Period

It’s Spring Break season again, and that means it’s time for a well deserved getaway to soak up some fun and good weather. If you want to do something other than lay on a beach this year, then think about going to the Grand Canyon and taking a helicopter tour.

You can take one of these tour out of Las Vegas or from Arizona. The tours that depart from Vegas offer tours of the West Rim, while the Arizona tours all go to the South Rim. If you will be spending Spring Break in Vegas and want to see the North, South, and East Rims of the Grand Canyon, then you’ll need to buy a tour package that includes a plane flight to the South Rim where you can transfer to a chopper for the rest of the tour.

Las Vegas Air Tours

The Grand Canyon helicopters that fly out of Vegas also pass over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. That’s adds an extra bonus to your Grand Canyon air tour. The Las Vegas air tours are also available in air-only or landing versions.

The landing tours are a lot of fun, especially the ones that descend into the canyon and land at the bottom. On the floor of the canyon, you can enjoy a champagne picnic near the Colorado River. The landing tours come with optional upgrades too, such as a boat ride along the river that allows you to see the beautiful rock walls and formations along the river basin.

Some of the landing tours set down on top of the rim instead, so you can visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk is a glass bridge that allows you to walk out over the canyon and look down 4000 feet to the ground below you.

The Arizona Air Tours

If you want to take a helicopter tour of the South Rim, the helicopter portion of your tour will begin at the South Rim, even if you depart from Vegas. The basic tour goes from there to the North Rim and back. The tour includes thirty minutes of air time and lets you see some spectacular scenery.

You can’t take a landing tour at the South Rim, but the tours there are still worth doing. The deluxe tour that lasts fifty minutes covers 75 percent of the entire Grand Canyon National Park. You’ll see all the land between the South and North Rim and all the way to the eastern border of the park. If you take this fun air tour over Spring Break, you’ll get to see more of the Grand Canyon in an hour than most people will see in their whole lives.

If you’d like something a little different, you can book a South Rim tour that includes a half hour helicopter tour with a two hour Jeep ride through the canyon. It’s really fun because you can see famous landmarks from the air and from the ground too.

Book Your Helicopter Tour Early

Spring Break is a popular travel time, so you should expect Grand Canyon tours to sell out fast. Try to buy your tour at least two weeks ahead of time and even more than that if you can. In fact, you might as well buy your helicopter tour right after you book your hotel room, so you don’t forget.

Booking your tour online is the way to go because it is so convenient, and it allows you to see all the available options in one place. Plus, when you buy your tour online from the tour operator’s website, you can avoid paying a travel agent, and that means you’ll get the lowest price possible.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this article will give you some ideas for your trip to the Grand Canyon over Spring Break. Touring by helicopter is the ultimate adventure experience. If you want even more adventure, add a landing tour to a West Rim trip or a Jeep excursion to a South Rim tour.

Don’t forget to book your seats as early as you can. Spring Break is underway and tickets are already being sold, so book now and get the tour you want.

Tips from the Author

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Tired of the classical side of travel agencies in France Ola reinvents Travel

Ola Voyages offers its customers as collaborators solutions that make tourism easier, cheaper and more modern. First specializes in travel to Argentina, Venezuela, Chile and Brazil, Ola Voyages has gradually expanded its destinations to five continents. Whether you want to make a tour to Cambodia, a trip to Japan or Mexico ” la carte”, Ola Voyages negotiate for you the best rates with airlines and developing partnerships with local hotels. In this way the agency handles its own on-site monitoring of proposed trips.

Moreover, in the autumn 2010, telephone counselors available to answer all your questions, from Paris, but mostly on the spot … for the price of a local call! Indeed, Ola Voyages has established a telephone network operated by the Internet in their first destinations offices in Latin America. It is already possible to contact advisors travel to Peru, Chile and Mexico. Other destinations will follow, and it will soon be possible to ask questions about your trip to Hong Kong, Brazil, Namibia … to people who live there and are best placed to answer you. Exactly the same as if you were speaking directly to a travel agency in Argentina or Vietnam…

It’s easier, cheaper, and avoids the unpleasant but all too common impression of an “assembly line” journey.

Ola Voyages, it is also a different philosophy from most travel agencies in France. Willing to offer you travels, in the Philippines and Laos as in Argentina or Peru, which will leave an unforgettable memory and give you the urge to leave, Ola emphasizes the active participation of its customers, site users . Everyone is invited to give his opinion on his last trip to Venezuela, propose Circuit ideas in Cambodia, tell the discoveries made during a trip to Chile …

On the other hand, concerned with issues related to environment and social equity, the travel agency emphasizeq on partnerships with NGOs and local cooperatives, so your trip to Brazil or the Philippines, by example, will have a positive impact on people who live there. For customers Ola VOyages is also an opportunity to make a tour to Vietnam or travel to Japan enriching human experience.

The site, clear and ergonomic, centralizes the fifty-seven destinations offered by Ola Voyages and invites you to choose your own using an interactive map. Once you have decided on a trip to Indonesia and Peru, a fact sheet informs you of the particularities of the country and offers several hotels in different cities. Want to know everything about the Aztecs prior to traveling to Mexico? Need some weather data before making a first trip to Vietnam? A doubt on the most favorable dates to make a trip to South Africa? Want to know more about what you eat during your trip to Brazil? All information is there, no need to seek other sites with the information you need before you go traveling in Indonesia or Argentina. The map, whose precision increases on demand, give a more concrete idea of the destination. You can also view your trips, and “follow” the path of your tour in Laos for example. This is very useful when embarking on an adventure as a trip to Japan or a circuit in Viet Nam without knowing the region.

Reducing margins, limiting intermediaries and offering products manufactured less than usual, Ola Voyages is a true concept. A separate system, which aims to simplify travel and make it more enjoyable for passengers and a mini-revolution in the world of travel agencies in France and on the Internet.

Luxury Hotels in Florence with Feel Like A True Royalty

There is no doubt that one of the most beautiful cities to visit around the world is Florence. Florence is the capital of Italy and is known for its great role in the Middle Ages, as well as the renaissance period. This wonderful place attracts millions of tourists every year and has provided a lot of beautiful Luxury Hotels in Florence for them.

One of the most elegant and exquisite Luxury hotels in Florence is the Relais Santa Croce. This hotel provides great luxury and modern comforts in a highly ideal balance. It is equipped with the most elegant and sophisticated furnishings that will surely make your stay here really unforgettable. Relais Santa Croce is also home to some of the most hospitable staffs and crew that are more than willing to attend to your every need.

This hotel also have an on site restaurant that offers sumptuous delicacies that will surely satisfy your appetite for good food. They also have a WiFi access that is available in the common areas of the hotel.

The Westin Excelsior Florence, like the other Luxury Hotels in Florence also offers nothing but the best hotel accommodations. This hotel is ideally located around the famous Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, and the Pitti palace. They offer an on site fine dining that serves delicious foods, plus they also have another great fine dining near their hotel. They also have a high speed internet access for guests who want to surf the net while enjoying the other luxuries offered by the hotel.

The hotel also offers a stunning view of the wonderful Tuscan countryside and other lovely landmarks of Florence. The whole spectacular building is a 15th Century palace that was once home to a noble Florentine Family. Staying in this hotel will really give you the feel that you are a real queen or king not only because of the royal design of the building but also because of the great service of the attendants.

Another hotel that belongs to the fine collection of Luxury hotels in Florence is the Villa la Massa. This hotel has 37 sophisticatedly decorated rooms that are all equipped with state of the art facilities. They have access to the 18-hole Ugolino golf course nearby; there is also a tennis club that is only 500 meters away from the hotel. Aside from all the facilities near the hotel that you can enjoy, Villa La Massa itself offers great service and superb hospitality that will make your stay here really memorable.

Travel Safety 911

A safe trip is not impossible given that a traveler familiarizes himself or herself with possible scenarios to watch out for in a trip. Hassle free trips are expected from travel providers by travelers who avail of their services to go abroad. Travel safety remains to be a priority because accidents can strike at any moment regardless of the reputation of the travel provider and this article will prepare people for that.

It may be ignored but travel safety actually starts when a person packs his bags before the trip and it is best to have a clear list of what items to bring along. A traveler can avoid from being targeted by thieves by refraining from packing certain items that may mark him or her as an affluent tourist. Travelers should refrain from taking expensive items to detract possible theft attempts when they travel.

When traveling, travel safety can be attained by bringing only what a trip may call for say a few clothes and knick knacks and nothing else that will not be utilized for the duration. By packing only what is needed, travelers need not worry about handling or mishandling any items and can focus more on the more important things say travel documents for example. Lost bags are primarily due to people leaving their belongings even for a short period of time when they place them down to rest for a bit after lugging them for so long.

Travel safety for when carrying valuable items is to pack the items well and place them in concealed areas of the luggage. Distribute papers, cash, cards, and other documents within a bag in the different pockets available and do not make the mistake of placing them in only one wallet. Avoid from taking along too many valuables to maintain the ease and convenience of any trip.

People with eye conditions would ensure travel safety by simply bringing with them an additional pair of glasses. Also, travelers should never bring too much medicine when traveling and a significant amount that will last the trip will do. To avoid any problems with customs personnel, take medicine along in their original labeled containers.

Travel safety for drugs with narcotics is to attain a doctor’s note that can prove that these are needed by the traveler. Any concerns with regard to the legality of a drug in places of travel would require adequate research. It is also possible to simply call the consulates for this kind of information.

Travel safety for people is also bringing credit cards and traveler’s checks in line for cash. This can actually reduce theft problems where travelers can easily contact banks for the notification of an event. Having passport pictures and a copy of the information page can help a traveler if his or her passport is misplaced.

Having tags with a name, address, and contact number can make all the difference with lost luggage during any kind of trip as these simple tools can help airport authorities track down lost luggage and easily return them to their respective owners in the fastest time possible. Travel safety here lies in the protection of the personal data on the tags that can be partly hidden in some ways because although the information that is listed on the tags is necessary other people irrelevant to the purpose do not need to have easy access to every bit of a traveler’s personal information. Also, maintain usage of a good quality safety lock for all bags.

Telephone cards can work to a traveler’s advantage for emergency situations and even for simple family conversations. Access codes are needed for the proper utility of the telephone cards as these are generally required before calls can be made internationally and it is an important fact for travelers to be aware that each country has its own access code number. Travel safety is something required from people traveling anywhere and to do so is to simply follow some guidelines down to the last note.

Atlantas Southeast Antique Shopping Side

Antique lovers who are looking to find some great treasures will enjoy browsing antique markets on the southeast side of the Atlanta metro area. There are several popular options to explore when searching for vintage items and unique collectibles. Enjoy an afternoon or an entire weekend of shopping.

Scotts Antique Market is the worlds largest monthly indoor antique market. Scotts is held at the Atlanta Exhibition Center, a huge facility with space for 3,500 vendors. The Antique Market is held the second weekend of every month, with vendors coming from all over the East. Shoppers will find a large selection of furniture, as well as rugs, lighting, dishes, household accessories, jewelry, silver, and vintage linens. Most of the vendors are located inside two buildings, but there are also a few booths set up outdoors. The outside vendors generally carry garden items, salvage building materials, and architectural elements. Many vendors are willing to negotiate prices. The two buildings are located on both sides of the interstate, and a shuttle bus runs back and forth every 15 minutes. Both buildings are air conditioned and heated, and there is plenty of free onsite parking. Food is available.

The Atlanta Exhibition Center is located off I-285 at 3650 Jonesboro Road SE. The Antique Market is held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the second weekend of the month. Friday and Saturday hours are from 9am-6pm. Sunday hours are from 10am-4pm. The admission price of $5 is good all weekend.

The Kudzu Atlanta Antique Market has been one of the Atlanta areas most popular antique stores for more than thirty years. There are 100 vendors located in the 25,000 square feet of exhibit space. Shoppers will find an excellent selection of antiques, folk art, vintage clothing and jewelry, lighting, collectible books and records, and some mid-century items from the 50s and 60s. Kudzu also buys estates and unique items. Kudzu Atlanta Antique Market is located at 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur, Georgia. They are open every day from 11am-7pm.

Planters Walk Antique Mall is located a short drive south of the city in McDonough, Georgia. More than fifty vendors offer furniture, jewelry, collectibles, paintings, vintage clothing, dishes, and books. Shoppers will be rewarded with some great finds here. Planters Walk is located on the square in McDonough, at 42 Keys Ferry Street. They are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Hue kites – High-flying culture

Hue ancient city had been the convergence of many pastimes such as making poems, playing cards in huts, and listening to Hue folk music. However, these entertaining activities just bring fun to joiners. Meanwhile, flying kites make everyone happy. People who fly a kite become a server meeting the happiness and admiration of onlookers. Hue kites came into being for hundreds years ago. They have been a featured Hue culture. Flying a kite is one of the most long-lasting recreational activities in Hue, attracting a large number of participants from children to the old people. It is not clear about the exact time when kites were born. It is said that, flying a kite was a game of children in countryside, and then the game spread and became popular in Hue royal citadel. For a long time ago, the royal class in Hue used to hold kite festivals in some big events. Since then, kites became more colorful and diverse in shapes. These kites are made of various materials by skillful artisans. The visual and performance art reached a high level. To make a kite flying high, artisans must have a skillful, ingenuous and talent technique. The process of making a kite undergoes several steps from choosing bamboo to make frame of kites to decorate them. Each kite is an artwork which is the combination of many factors such as art, architecture, aerodynamics, and folk experience. Artisans do not fly a kite and let them free in the sky, they will control to create a lively and flexible kite depending on its theme. Hue kites are characterized by different beautiful shapes such as butterfly, phoenix, dragon, frog, horse- and harmonic colors. Each kite has its own beauty, size and visual art. The most interesting thing of Hue kites is the performing art. Kites’ performances are seen as on-air puppetry art in Vietnam. Hue kites do honor Vietnamese kites at domestic and international kite festivals in Vietnam. In 1992, in the framework of Vietnam – France cultural festival, Vietnamese artisans were firstly invited to France to perform flying kites, which attracted all onlookers. In Vietnam tours to Hue, travelers not just have a chance to visit majestic Hue royal citadel, enjoy court cuisine, and court music, but also have an opportunity to explore Hue culture through vivid kites. Recently, there are Hue tours to explore kites. The exploring kite tours in Hue lasts about one hour. Travelers will be introduced by artisans with basic stages to make a kite. Travelers can join some of stages in the process, which brings an interesting feeling to them. Also, in this tour, travelers will have a chance to explore the history of kite art in Hue. Kite is an artwork, and artisans are architects and artists who ensure all kites to fly high. Many travelers coming to Hue are interested in Hue kites. They learn to make kites and bring them home as unique souvenirs. Flying kite becomes an appealing cultural sport. At present, there are many craft villages in Hue making kites, which are attractive and featured tourism services. In Vietnam travel, tourists will have chances to explore not only puppetry, water puppetry, but also air puppetry. Let’s come to Hue in summer to enjoy a flying kite performance in front of Ngo Mon Square or on beaches in Hue to feel the beauty of Hue kites. Author Bio: Nguyen Manh Dung is manager of AloTrip International Limited Company.Alotrip.com includes all web pages under or forming part of the domain name or any other AloTrip branded web pages. They provide travelers all necessary information about travel in Vietnam as well as Indochina. Besides, them three official websites , VietnamToursholiday.com and VietnamVisaConsultant.com will offer tourist all needed services and procedures to have a perfect journey.

Affordable Holidays To Florida

Holidays to Florida are a sure fire way to please everybody on the trip with a wide selection of beautiful beaches, world-class theme park attractions, and outdoor recreation destinations across the Sunshine State. Easy to book and priced just right, Florida all inclusive holidays cut the budget down to size with rock bottom industry travel rates.

One of the most visited states in the USA, Florida welcomes visitors twelve months a year with a warm and inviting climate, casual atmosphere, and eclectic dining options from simple take away fare to intimate candlelit dinners from award-winning chefs. Seize the moment any way you see fit with a wide range of lodging options geared to meet and exceed most budgets.

The all inclusive Florida holiday plan takes care of everything so you can leave your money in your wallet and get down to business with the suntan. Voted the favorite mode of international travel, the all inclusive plan covers the airfare, round trip airport transfers, your choice of three, four or five star accommodation, most meals at your hotel’s sumptuous buffet, and admission tickets to select attractions. With all the major travel expenses rolled together at one great rate, your Florida holidays may be closer than you think.

Florida resorts and private villa packages offer optional full or half-day excursions to Key West, deep sea fishing tours, private yacht rentals in Miami Beach, and safe and sane biking trails through the rugged tropical terrain. In addition, visitors to south Florida may wish to book a two to fourteen day cruise heading for the Bahamas, Jamaica, Aruba and more. Cuba holidays, however, are not available for departure from the USA. Florida cruise ports operate convenient daily departures from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Tampa and may be easily reached from the inland city of Orlando.

Best value booking for all inclusive Florida holidays should be made early enough to take advantage of seasonal sales and deep discount deals. Early birds take first choice of sea view rooms at the beaches and the top Disney theme park hotels when you plan your work and work your plan. However, late travel deals abound year round for the travel bug that can leave on short notice. Florida knows how to treat its valued guests right with last chance bookings at best bargain deals.

Florida holidays are ideal for family travel, honeymoon packages and action packed sightseeing for the solo traveller. For quick warm weather breaks or comfortable long-term stays, Florida holidays have something for everyone at the budget crunching price you want to pay. No one can undercut the all inclusive holiday deal, making it the number one choice for fussy travelers on the go.

Tutors Should Focus on Critical Thinking

Tutors should focus on critical thinking instead of preparing students for subject-related tests and exams. I know this statement will be met with a great deal of skepticism, and for good reason. The current structure of schooling promotes subject knowledge. Nonetheless, I will endeavor to explain my point of view.

In most schools today, there is an overwhelming emphasis on subject-related content. Students find their level of intelligence quantified by marks achieved on an assignment or test relating to a subject . Students who are able to memorise and recall information better than their peers generally score higher grades. This approach to instruction is what can best be described as the traditional model.

The traditional model has persevered the test of time. However, there are new approaches to teaching that challenge the traditional model. Inquiry-based learning and social constructivism are two such approaches to learning that provide a fresh new perspective. These new ideas are thought to be more efficient because they seek to involve the student more heavily in their learning. You can read more about this beyond the classroom critical thinking and take a look at a research paper on the subject.

The premise is, if you can increase student engagement and invest the student in their learning, the student will want to learn, and will do so with an increased level of zeal. Think about a hobby, for example. Most people have hobbies because on some level they find the hobby satisfying. Taking this concept forward, a model for teaching and learning that incorporates a student’s desires is far more likely to be effective.

The type of reasoning we provided above is classified as qualitative analysis. The logic seems sound, but as we know with fallacies, logic isn’t always so clear cut, or lack of a better word, logical. A better way to prove the above is to provide quantitative analysis.

In a research study I conducted in 2011, I took a sample size of 85 students and sought to quantify the effects of a new teaching and learning style. During the semester I did my best to incorporate inquiry-based learning, social constructivism and differentiated instruction. As a testing method, I asked students to reflect on the class and engage their critical thinking minds.

After collecting approximately 25 critical-reflective responses from all students, scoring them for their level of thinking and accuracy, I ran the numbers through a simple linear regression. I made the following observation:

R(squared) value equalled 0.711.

This means that 71.1% of the variability in the final course grade is associated with the final reflection grade. “WOW,” I thought. Is you are not following, let me explain differently. In the realm of statistics, 71.1% correlation is extremely favourable. At this percentage, it is hard to refute that one variable does not influence the other variable. In this case, students who were capable of engaging their critical thinking minds went on to achieve higher grades in the course.

Changing the way teachers interact in the classroom is not an easy task. Newly trained teachers are accepting these newer models in great frequency, but veteran teachers appear to resist change. If you are a student or parent considering tutoring, ask potential tutors if they are away of these new teaching and learning models.

Tutors who can help a student focus on critical thinking, in addition to homework support, will likely be far more effective than those who do not. Reflective thinking is one way to promote critical thinking. It is easy to do.

If you do not have a tutor, you can help your child with this by asking them to reflect on their homework. For example, did you notice any tricks or exceptions in your math work? What did it look like? Write the rule down to remind yourself next time. Why do you think the question was worded like that? These are a few questions to ask to get them thinking.

A good tutor will help with homework. A great tutor will help the student make connections with the work and their lives. An awesome tutor will inspire the students to learn, ask questions, and lead them to independence. Tutors who help develop a student’s critical thinking abilities will be more successful. The numbers support this statement.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christopher Binns is the owner and operator of Certified Tutors of Canada and Tutor Direct. Both companies provide access to In-home tutors and online tutors to help students achieve their academic potentials. Christopher Binns is the creator of the OPIR Framework, a process where tutors implement multiple intelligence theory and learning strategies to create independently successful learners.

A Coffee Lover’s Best Comrade – The Coffee Travel Mug

A travel mug can be much greater than some shoddy piece of plastic decomposing within your cabinet. Please do not buy an inexpensive gas station travel mug! There is plenty to think about before you just toss hard cash out the window. Don’t be suckered in by the many junky plastic mugs polluting the shelves of every convenience store on the block. If you just buy whatever from a local grocery market you may own a new item for the trash can rather than a valuable coffee vessel. Follow through this article and you’ll know very well what to look for to find a top quality coffee travel mug.

If you keep reading, you will find some helpful pointers to help out in your hunt for the just right travel mug.

Location, location, location. Will you be hauling it around at work, or using it in your car? If you will be using your mug at work, you possibly will desire to consider buying a mug with a nice wide foot, so you don’t knock it over on your desk.

As the name suggests, a travel mug is usually used on the move. If you will be drinking coffee in your car then you must consider your cup holder. Cup holders are the disgrace of many an vehicle. Some can hold everything you chuck at them, while others can only hold a 12 oz soda can. Make certain your cup holder can accommodate whatever mug you select, particularly if it has a handle. If you like to have a mug with a handle consider how low the mug will fit in your car’s cup holder. If the handle attaches too low on the mug it may not rest properly in the holder. If you insist on buying a travel coffee mug with a handle then you can always search for a mug with a handle located high on the mug.

Quantity, quantity, quantity. Do you plan on putting your bladder through a daily marathon, or are you a sipping type of person? Remember, that a big coffee mug is a burdensome coffee mug.

Some like it hot! Do you like your coffee to remain smoking hot? If you are a slow coffee drinker you will beyond doubt desire a double insulated travel coffee mug. The less surface area a mug has the better job insulation can perform. Squatty mugs that are insulated, or double walled usually will keep coffee hot for longer than a tall mug. Short and fat mugs may keep coffee hot the longest, but they may not fit your car’s cup holder.

Now consider what your mug is built of? Do you enjoy stainless steel, plastic, ceramic, or all three? You can’t go wrong with stainless steel, and ceramic adds a good insulating factor. Double insulated stainless steel travel mugs that are stainless on the inside and out are very nice, but combining ceramics and steel is awesome. Stainless steel looks pleasant and it lasts. Purchase the appropriate mug and you can hold on to if for a long time.

The next thing to consider is the mug’s lid. The lid is really the thing that makes a travel mug a travel mug. If you will be using your travel mug in your car you will desire a lid with a slip slider, or other device to keep hot coffee from splashing out and onto your lap. I never buy a mug with a loose swivel shut off. Those things are infamous for leaking. Swivel slides habitually become loose and leak coffee everywhere. I would obtain a mug with a firm fitting slip slider.

Next you will desire to consider how the lid attaches to the travel mug. Most travel mug lids have a lower piece that fits inside the mug. They are held with rubber gaskets. If you drop your mug, one of these types of lids may come off. The most desirable lids are screw on. Those puppies will not go anyplace. It is relatively arduous to obtain all stainless travel mugs with screw on lids, but if you search high and low you will probably find one.

Lastly, you must take appropriate care of your travel mug if you desire it to last. Practically all double insulated mugs are not dishwasher safe. You must wash your mug by hand. Make sure you don’t soak it in water either. Double insulated mugs consist of an inner and outer shell that is glued together with a top ring. If you soak it long enough water will leak into the inner walls and wreck your mug.