Assistive Technology Switches for Children and Adults With Physical Disabilities

Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA 2004 as, any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

Switches fall under this category which allows people with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy to manipulate their environment by controlling various types of adaptive and assistive switches used for environmental control and communication devices.

The following are resources for assistive technology switches:

Ablenet- Helps people with disabilities through the creation of assistive technology. Ablenet provides switches for both children and adults.

Adaptive Tech Solutions– A therapist-owned and operated company which provides adaptive equipment for individuals with disabilities

eSpecial Needs– Provides adaptive switches to children and adults with physical disabilities which allows them to manipulate their environment.

Enabling Devices– Creates customized one-of-a-kind assistive technology devices for communication, education and playing.

Rehabmart– sells inclusive learning devices which help children with impairments including augmentative communication and adaptive toys

Assistive Technology Websites

Glenda Assistive Technology Information and More– A website containing information on various types of assistive technology including visual supports, AAC, switches and tablets

Teaching Learners With Multiple Special Needs- Created by Kate Ahern, an assistive technology specialist. This website serves as a resource for teachers or learners with severe, profound, or multiple special needs. There is a great article on 60 things to do with a single switch 

Articles 

Assistiveware- How to Support a Student Who Uses a Switch Device

Breezy Special Ed- How to use your iPAD as a switch device

Perkins School for the Blind: Favorite Cause and Affect Switch Apps

Understood- Checklist: What to consider when looking at assistive technology

For more ideas and resources, visit my Pinterest Site:  Assistive Technology

 

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Special Needs Resource Blog will take a break during the holidays and will return Monday, January 4, 2016 with new information, tools and resources to post including more downloadable free tools and templates Monday thru Thursday. I am excited and look forward to sharing more resources with you in the new year.
Thanks to all of you for following my blog this year. Wishing you and your families joy and peace all through the holidays and throughout the new year. May the spirit of the holidays be with you throughout the new year.  🙂   🙂

 

Yoga and Children with Developmental Disabilities

Did you know that September is National Yoga Month?

Well, in celebrating This month, I have added links and resources on topics relating to yoga and special needs children and adults. I have included links on the benefits of yoga for children with special needs, some really great YouTube video’s, They really help if you are a visual person like myself andlinks to books on the topic.

Benefits of Yoga
The following are links to articles on the benefits of yoga for children with special needs

Yoga generates huge benefits for children with autism

7 benefits of yoga for children with autism

Yoga may help benefit children with autism

Creating inner peace: The benefits of yoga for children with autism spectrum disorder

Yoga provides relaxation benefits to children with autism

Yoga may improve behavior in kids with autism

Beyond breathing- The benefits of yoga on children with ASD

Books on Yoga and Special Needs Children
  1. Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs

2. Asanas for Autism and Special Needs

3.Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

4. Yoga for the Special Child

5. Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child

6. Ayurveda and Yoga for Asperger’s, Non-Verbal, Learning Disorder

and High- Functioning Autism

YouTube Videos on Yoga for Special Needs Children

YouTube Videos on Yoga and Children with Cerebral Palsy

 

 

Augumentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Resources

Definition

American Speech-Language Hearing Association
International Society For Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Pediatric Therapy Network
Wikipedia

AAC and Autism

The Center for AAC and Autism
No-Tech and Low-Tech AAC for Children with Autism
Autism Speaks

AAC Communication APPS

Friendship Circle
Top 10 AAC Communication Apps for iPad
Apps for AAC
Top 5 AAC Apps- Learning Works

AAC Funding

Glenda’s Assistive Technology Information
Augmentative Communication Inc.

Happy Holidays

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Assistive Technology Laws

Assistive Technology Laws

American with Disabilities Act

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act

Assistive Technology Act of 1998

 

Adapted Switches Blogs

No Limits to Learning

Glenda’s Assistive Technology Information

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs

Spectronics Blog

excitim-special needs blog

Love That Max- Special Needs Blog