using arms and hands
This PDF explains switches and the importance of sensory input as well as the movement of the device hooked up to the switch. The document also explains the importance of choosing the correct switch toy per child needs and interest.
This PDF explains use of switches for language purposes, the document describes the various switches; single message, multiple message,etc. Also included are common phrases that could be programmed into the device. Helpful ideas on how to combine activities with the message device are included.
This PDF explains use of switches, different types of switches, and how to adapt toys to be used with switches as well as switch interface use.
This booklet, "Playing with Switches," from the Let's Play Project describes types of switches, switch toys, and other suggestions for adapted play.
Choose the size Taction Pad that will work best with the item you want the child to pick up or touch. There are 3 different sizes: 2”x4”, 3”x5”, & 0.1”x24”. The long thin size is ideal to wrap around an object. The other sizes may be placed on, under, or around an item.
www.lburkhart.com)Here is a simple, inexpensive way to adapt a mouse for a child who needs to operate the computer switch. The idea was introduced by Linda Burkhart at the AAC in the Mountains Conference (1995) in Park City, Utah. (
- 1 1/2” notebook (3 ring binder)
- Hot glue gun and glue stick
- 15” of craft wood, 3/4” x 3/4”
- Sponge or foam rubber