ERIC Number: ED447662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Playing with Switches, Birth through Two. Let's Play! Project.
State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Center for Assistive Technology.
This guide to playing with switches for parents and early intervention personnel was developed by the "Let's Play! Project," a 3-year federally supported project that worked to promote play in infants and toddlers with disabilities through the use of assistive technology. Switches are used with electronic toys to help young children easily activate and deactivate them while playing. An introductory section emphasizes that using switches with toys can provide the child with a sense of empowerment and develop play skills. Topics covered in the guide include: beginning with highly reactive toys, switches and toys, adapting a toy, accommodating the child's interests and abilities, switch characteristics, switch category types, positioning options, switch toy use, switch interfaces, communication recorded message switches, story telling, games for young children, and pretend play. A directory lists companies producing switches, adapted toys, and switch interfaces for children with special needs. (DB)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Infants, Input Output Devices, Play, Toddlers, Toys
Let's Play! Project, University at Buffalo Center for Assistive Technology, 515 Kimball Tower, Buffalo, NY 14214-3079; Tel: 716-829-3141 ext. 155; Fax: 716-829-3217; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cosmos.ot.buffalo.edu/letsplay/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Center for Assistive Technology.