How to Choose a Reading Phone for Kids

Posted on March 30 2020

How to Choose a Reading Phone for Kids

Discover which reading phone features are most important.

These considerations can help you choose the right reading phone for your child or classroom.
Children who struggle with reading or are reluctant to open a book may benefit from a reading phone, also called a whisper phone. These handy little reading helpers for kids provide instant auditory feedback that can help children with reading, pronunciation, and comprehension. While you can make DIY tools, we recommend purchasing one from a reputable seller who specializes in kid-friendly reading and speech therapy tools. If you are shopping around for tools to aid your classroom or child with reading, here are a few things to look for during your search:
  • Ensure it’s easy to use and clean
  • Review safety certifications
  • Read shopper reviews
  • Look for kid-approved designs
  • Search for quality customer support

Learn more about each of these tips to choosing a reading phone for your child or classroom below.

Ensure it’s easy to use and clean
Before choosing a whisper phone, confirm that the receiver is the appropriate size for the child and is easy for them to use. Consider the weight of the model as well – the Toobaloo weighs just over one oz., making it an ideal reading helper for both young and older kids. Lastly, consider whether your model can be easily cleaned and sanitized. A reading phone that can be placed in the dishwasher, like the Toobaloo, will save you time from having to manually clean them and money from having to purchase new phones more frequently.

Review safety certifications
Safety is likely a top concern on your mind – as it should be! One of the biggest advantages of choosing the Toobaloo over a homemade model is the extra peace of mind that comes with a CPSIA certification. Our whisper phone is 100% safe to use and doesn’t contain any sharp edges or toxic ingredients.

Read shopper reviews
Most reputable sellers will showcase shopper reviews and testimonials on their website and/or product page. Reading through these reviews can help you get a better sense of whether their reading phone is right for you and your situation. If most of the reviews aren’t favorable, steer clear! Their product probably won’t live up to the quality standards you’re looking for.

There’s a reason the Toobaloo Whisper Phone is #1 in the market – read through our stellar reviews.
Look for kid-approved designs
A reading phone does little good if you can’t get your students or child interested in using it! Choosing reading phones with fun designs and eye-popping colors can help get even your most reluctant readers to give it a try. The Toobaloo is available in 9 original colors, including neon, to aid with encouraging children to sit down and read.
Search for quality customer support
Our last suggestion for choosing a whisper phone is to look for quality customer support. The Toobaloo comes with access to lifetime product support from our experienced learning tool specialists. Whenever an issue arises, you can rest assured that you’ll receive quick responses and valuable answers to all your product questions. Just give us a call or send us an email.
In this post, we shared five helpful tips for choosing a reading phone for your classroom or child. For more reading and speech tools and tips for teachers and parents, continue reading our blog.
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