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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

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Sheppard Software: Fun free online learning games and activities for kids. These are great. My students love them. The time activities are especially good because they require students to attend to exactly where the hour hand is pointing in order to get a correct answer.

Love these. One of my students has trouble hearing, even with her hearing aid. This might amp up the laptop speakers a little and let her position the speaker to best advantage. Several students could benefit and these are so much cheaper than individual headphones and more sanitary than shared headphones.


Kids Card Holder. Egg carton with slits to hold cards. Not sure the kids I work with can get the cards in the slits but that is a good fine motor exercise on its own.

In Light of the Truth: Kids Card Holder

Some adapted tools can be as simple as a pencil grip (ask an occupational therapist if you need help in deciding what kind) and others are commercially available from catalogs, like this chubby paintbrush from Lakeshore. Simple teacher made adaptations are also an option and are limited only to the teacher's imagination. Lots of ideas on this site.

kidz: More Fun Costume Ideas. Fabulous costumes for kids who have "accessories," such as crutches, walkers and wheelchairs. I put it under assistive technology because the costumes assist the children to fully take part in the Halloween activities.

kidz: More Fun Costume Ideas

Heip Nguyen, who created the first community-based circle painting, desired to connect with the children of his neighborhood. The neighborhood children kept coming back for more, often bringing friends with them. He was inspired to use circles (a symbol of connection) as a way to connect with others in the community. Originally, circle paintings have been part(s) of community functions, bringing community members together to create LARGE, colorful, collaborative works of art.

Low tech assistive technology for the student who continually leaves his fly unzipped. It would take direct instruction to learn this new habit but having your fly zipped is an excellent life skill.

How-To: Keep Your Fly From Falling Down

Adaptive Design Association - The mission of the Adaptive Design Association is to engage families, schools, and communities in the process of designing and building responsible, child-specific, adaptive equipment. The goal of this collaborative effort is to make certain that children with disabilities get the devices and modifications they need to achieve their full developmental, social, and academic potential.

Adaptive Design Association

Notes from a Pediatric Occupational Therapist: How to make an adapted crayon using air-dry clay. These are like the "saddle" pens and pencils that I like

OT Cafe: How to make an adapted crayon

PVC easel. Nice for getting things at eye level and close up

PVC Pipe Easel — clds

sponge rollers and fork and toothbrush

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SensGards are an excellent solution for kids who are sensitive to noise. When traveling to a crowded noisy area, these slim, comfortable, fold-up headphones are a must.

Chapel Hill Snippets: iPad Rage Consequences of inappropriate IPad usage!!!

Switch and toy. Incorporate physical props which can be switch driven into lessons. This might go with a book about a dog.

t shaped grip made from hot glue sticks. Lots of good adaptive solutions at this site

Oklahoma ABLE Tech Assistive Technology Program - links and some ideas on homemade assistive devices

Amy's Assistive Technology Blog - teaching student to left click on mouse

Project Participate provides school-based teams with strategies to increase active participation of students with diverse needs in the classroom.

AAC Site with links and tips for high and low tech assistive technology


How to make a slant board

card holder made from a rounded CD case

ring to modify mouse so kids without hand strength can hang onto it

People Potential - Appropriate Paper Technology - Homemade assistive technology. When you take time to make something by hand in order to help a student participate and be productive you are giving a valuable gift that means so much more than handing the student an IPad - IPads are great but they don't care the way a human does.

People Potential - Paper Furniture

Hedge Maze Area Rug — marbles, cars, etc. This is a regular rug modified with an electric clipper.

Hedge Maze Area Rug

This would be a good slant board with some modifications. Also a good way to put work vertical so students can attend better. Looking down for any reason just doesn't cut it for some kiddos.