I don’t know how I went for so long without knowing about these little beauties. Any toy with a single function operated by AA or AAA batteries (you can get these for other batteries as well) can be adapted by sliding the disk in between where the battery meets the metal on the side of the compartment or in between 2 batteries. Voila! You have a switch adapted toy.
When possible, I suggest permanently switch adapting the toy using stereo plugs (this with definitely be in a future post), but a battery interrupter gets the job done quickly.
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I used one with this traffic light when teaching about transportation. Students created maps of their community and added street signs and traffic lights to direct a remote controlled car through the streets.
*Remember, the switch is not the activity. Make sure that swith adapted toy serves a purpose in the larger activity.
“How do you know that’s the device we should try?”
There are so many things to consider when conducting an AAC evaluation. And I don’t have a set protocol that I follow when evaluating a student for an AAC device. Sometimes I walk into a classroom, observe a student during a lesson, and go back to their SLP and say, “what do you think about trying xyz?” Other times, a team member identifies that a student needs an AAC system, I observe the student, and we meet to discuss different options. In other instances I may try a variety of devices with the student to get a feel for how they communicate on different systems. There are so many other scenarios, but I think you get the point! But, no matter the scenario, when I make a recommendation, I am often asked, “How do you know that’s the device we should try?”
Welcome to AACreATively! A blog devoted to all things AAC and AT.
“How did you do that?”
As an AT Specialist and Instructional Support Teacher we hear this question ALL THE TIME. We decided that a blog was a great platform to share with fellow professionals in our school and elsewhere.
We will be sharing:
- Various AAC evaluation and teaching strategies
- Instructions for adapting toys and games
- Instructions for creating interactive literacy activites
- Tips and tricks for all things AAC and AT
- Websites and other resources we love
Amanda and Lauren