What do party rings and a Microsoft designer have in common?

Mike LaManna , a Microsoft designer, used a mouse fitted with a portion of a plastic party ring to design a computer mouse that would allow children to keep their fingers properly positioned to point and click. Check out how you can create your own adapted mouse using Mike LaManna’s DIY guide to building a better kid’s mouse.

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http://www.theoatc.org/resources/PartyRngMouse.asp

Back to School!!

It’s that time again!  Time to implement schedules for those students who are having difficulty keeping up with and transitioning through all the activities that professionals and families pack into the school day.  They work for very young children up through high school youth.  In addition to using schedules to help students with the typical school day, remember to use them for other activities such as mini-schedules for centers, field trips, community based instruction and to help families with before and after school schedules and even birthday party schedules!  Here are some links to ideas or to help you get started.

Pinterest Ideas (browse all the great ideas) http://www.pinterest.com/aacandat/visual-schedules/

How to Make Visual Schedules, University of South Florida http://challengingbehavior.fmhi.usf.edu/do/resources/teaching_tools/toc/folder5/5b_how_make_vis_sched.pdf

PBIS World (links to sample schedules), http://www.pbisworld.com/tier-2/individual-visual-schedules/

 

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Credits for B-day party picture schedule, http://www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/birthday-party-visual-picture-schedule.html

Credits for Field Trip Schedule, wwwRainbowswithinreach.blogspot.com

 

 

Therese Willkomm – The McGyver of AT

Over the last few months, we’ve had the privilege of participating in Therese Willkomm’s workshops demonstrating how she uses every day materials to create AT solutions for individuals with disabilities.  Dr. Willkomm is the director of ATinNH, the New Hampshire state wide assistive technology program with the Institute on Disability and is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at the University of New Hampshire.  She uses a wide variety of easy to find materials like corrugated plastic, corner guard, plastic tubing and U Glue to create iPad and book stands, iPhone stands for projection, cup holders and hundreds of other practical AT supports.  Check out her Traveling Eileen™ iPad holder, www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGxcYbFO-Fg

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To learn more about her creative ideas, read her book, Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes Book II: Ordinary Items, Extraordinary Solutions. 

 

 

 

Free Resources for Making Visual Supports

The new school year is upon us. The frantic rush to set up the classroom, make communication boards, visual supports etc. but you don’t have the necessary program or money to purchase your own software. Check out these free resources for creating visual supports fast and free.

Quick Pics from Patick Ecker

Connect Ability, Create Visual Supports for your child, visual engine.

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Picto4Me: An app for your computer that you can install to Chrome

Escape the summer heat!

Today’s video is longer, so pour yourself a refreshing cool beverage and watch this webinar from Don Johnston on supporting students with significant disabilities learn become writers.  It features the First Author Writing Software from Don Johnston.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/75607425″>Webinar: “Can Low-Incidence Students Become First-Time Writers? Yes!” (2013 Version)</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/donjohnstoninc”>DonJohnstonInc</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>