ERIC Number: ED342183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Low Tech Solutions: A Place To Begin.
Ensign, Arselia S., Ed.
PAM Repeater, n72 Jan 1992
This guide presents low tech solutions that have worked for some people with disabilities or their parents. Twenty-one ideas are offered to give children with physical disabilities more opportunities for play and art. Examples include recycling stuffed animals into puppets, punching a hole in top of playing cards to accommodate a mouth stick, and sewing velcro onto stretchy gloves and onto small toys to help little hands grasp them. Suggestions on using computers include placing keyboards and monitors in nontraditional, more accessible locations; highlighting keyboard keys with stickers; and creating more mouse drag for better cursor control. In the area of communication and academics, several specific suggestions are offered for making communication cards and boards. In working around the house, helpful techniques include using a vinyl jar opener to grip knobs, hooking a large loop of belting through a refrigerator handle so it can be opened using an arm rather than a hand, and angling a mirror over cooktops to permit seated cooks to see into pans. Several miscellaneous tips are also offered. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Art Activities, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Computer Oriented Programs, Daily Living Skills, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Handicrafts, Home Management, Interpersonal Communication, Microcomputers, Physical Disabilities, Play, Preschool Education, Problem Solving
PAM Assistance Centre, 601 W. Maple St., Lansing, MI 48906.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Parents; Community; Practitioners
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: PAM Assistance Centre, Lansing, MI.