Lauren and I work with some pretty amazing students. And our students love to play! Unfortunately, some of them are unable to play with toys in a conventional way due to their physical disabilities. We’ve ordered switch adapted toys online to incorporate into our play based activities, however, they are EXPENSIVE!! If you search for switch adapted toys online you will see that they range in price from around $40- $200+ even though the non-adapted toy costs significantly less! The stereo cable that makes the toy switch accessible usually only costs about one dollar. That doesn’t seem right…
We’ve discovered that the best way to get our students MORE toys is to switch adapt them ourselves. This weekend we recruited an SLP, OT, and tech-savvy friend to help us adapt some toys! After a couple of botched attempts, we got the hang of it and were able to adapt 5 toys! We’ll be posting soon about how we are going to use these toys in therapy, giving them a purpose! You can check out our final products here.
We filmed the last toy we switch adapted so you can see how we did it! You can watch the video on our YouTube Channel.
Read on for step by step instructions on switch adapting a toy!