Adaptive Tech Solutions featured in Issue 3, 2019 of MDA's Quest Magazine
Denise, speech therapist and owner of Adaptive Tech Solutions, discusses the importance of play to develop skills that are crucial for language development. For children with disabilities, play can be difficult due to motor impairments. Through the use of adapted toys, kids with disabilities can experience play to enhance their understanding of cause-and-effect, object permanence, and other precursory skills to language development. But, even non-verbal children use these skills to interact and influence their environment, which translates into an ability to summons attention from caregivers, interact with peers & caregivers, play with toys, and control their surroundings through the use of adapted equipment.
Adaptive Tech Solutions adapts toys and equipment so individuals with disabilities can use them. The majority of their products are adapted by hand. Adaptive Tech Solutions is owned by a therapist whose passion is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities through adapted technology.
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Communication devices come with two types of speech. One is digital, the other is recorded. Devices with digital speech should be in the user’s language and have a keyboard in the native alphabet. Messages are made by typing words/phrases (represented by a picture) that are then spoken by a digital voice in the chosen language. Most, but not all devices [...]
Cerebral Palsy, the most common motor disorder, can make it difficult for people to interact with their environment. Through the use of assistive technology, such as switches and switch adapted toys/devices, people with Cerebral Palsy can independently interact with their environment. Switches are buttons, levers, or sensors that can be activated with any part of the body. Switches [...]
If you are in a pinch, you can protect your iPad by re-puposing vinyl zipper pouches, notebooks with clear outer pockets, or you can use more substantial products such as the Rugged Rubber iPad Case and Shatterproof Screen Protector from www.AdaptiveTechSolutions.com.
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) can benefit from the use of Assistive Technology (AT). Through the use of AT, the user can become less dependent on caregivers for prompts. This fosters greater independence and success. Visual Schedules Although "paper" schedules are beneficial, many individuals will perform better when there is also a paired voice prompt. Use simple [...]
So, you've bought one or more single output communication buttons. Here's some ideas on how to use them! Record the Happy Birthday Song so the user can sing to someone on their special day.Place 2 buttons on the fridge. On one, put a picture that represents drinking, on the other put a picture that represents eating.Record a [...]
If you’re reading this, you most likely know someone who is non-verbal or has very limited communication skills. They may communicate through grunts, pushing things away, or throwing that tantrum in the grocery store isle that seems to last waaaay too long. As a caregiver, therapist or teacher, our job is to replace those methods of communication with functional, [...]
211I would have to say that the resource to try first would be 211. From any phone simply dial 211. This connects you with a person who is trained in finding resources for a variety of needs. We're talking everything from elder abuse, free medical treatment, to housing issues. This includes many resources for individuals [...]
For individuals that have lost the ability to use a standard mouse to control their computer, there are several low cost or no cost alternatives. It seems these methods work best when the target areas (the spots where you click) are larger, requiring less precise movements.To move the mouse around the screen without using your [...]