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Ideas for Using Inexpensive Single Output Communication Buttons

Posted by Adaptive Tech Solutions on

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 portion of your morning circle time routine. Let the user press the switch to say their part in the morning routine.
  • Add pictures that represent the steps for an activity. Record the instructions for that step on each of the buttons.
  • Record a count down "3-2-1!" so the switch user can count down an event such as letting a balloon go, or sending up a toy rocket.
  • Give the user only a small portion of their snack, Record "I want more" on their button and let them user ask for more snack.
  • In the morning, record something special for your child to tell their teacher. Have the teacher record a message at the end of the day. Let the student push the button to share the messages.
  • Pick a book with a repeating phrase. Record the phrase and let the child press their button to read the phrase when it comes up in the book.
  • Record "Read the next page" so they can tell you when they are ready to have you read more of a story.
  • Record a line from the school play so the child can have their turn at saying their line on stage.
  • Pick a movie, then record "I would like a ticket to ______". Let the user press their switch at the box office to buy their own ticket.
  • Decide food and drink choices before the waiter comes to take your order. Record the choices on the communication button so the user can order their own meal.
  • Record a prayer for bedtime or dinnertime recitation.
  • Record "It's my turn", "It's your turn", "No cheating" for use during game play.
  • Record "Do you have anything for me to take to the office?" so the user can go around to the classrooms and retrieve items to take to the school office.
  • Record "Do you have any shredding?" so the user can collect documents to shred from co-workers.
  • Add a button by the toilet that says "I'm finished."
  • Record "I need help". Use it in a variety of situations to reduce frustration.
  • Record "I want some attention" so the user can press their switch to ask for attention (instead of screaming!)
  • Record "Yummy" on one button and "Yucky" on another before trying a new food or drink.
  • Record "I want something different". Use it to ask for different tv shows, different music, a different toy,...

Have some ideas of your own? Share with us and we'll at it to this list!