Saturday, January 22, 2011

Updated: Free Online Switch Activities

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This is an update of the post listing online switch activities for learners with multiple or significant special needs. The activities listed are chosen because they can be used with switches, they are simple and they are enjoyable. The activities listed are free. Some activities may require set up by an assistant before switch use. Although care has been taken not to include switch activities with any violence or graphic images teachers and others still need to check activities for age and general appropriateness before use.

Cause and Effect (and Press to Play):
Single Switch Scanning (sites may include some cause and effect games as well):
Two Switches (unless otherwise noted you music click in the area of the game and then use tab and enter to play):

Friday, January 21, 2011

Updated: Free Visual Recipes

Cooking is a favorite activity in many life skills and severe special needs classrooms. Here are some links to websites with picture recipes.
Single Picture Recipes

Smooth Talker

The new Smooth Talker is a sequential message switch that can also be used for a single switch or random order messages.  Total message time is two minutes.  The Smooth Talker can be activated with an external switch (wireless switch capability included), be set to use as a cooperation switch and be used as an auditory scanning device (author's comment - OMG!  Finally!).  Additionally you can use it like a standard switch to activate adapted toys and devices.

Here are the specs from Inclusive TLC:
  • Two minutes recording time.
  • Two loud speakers.
  • 1.4 watt amplifier.
  • Fits standard Big Switch mounting plates.
  • Built-in Simply Works wireless technology.
  • 9v PP3 batteries required.
  • Easy programming using LED mode indicators.
  • Volume control with on/off button.
  • 3.5mm switch input socket.
  • 3.5mm toy control socket.
  • Available in red, blue, yellow and green.
  • Toy control label supplied.
The only thing I don't see is a means to hold a picture symbol in place on the Smooth Talker.

The Smooth Talker retails for $165.00.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Professional Development Resolutions?

Did you make a new years resolution to improve your practice as a teacher?  Or maybe you need CEUs?  Or you might just love going to conferences?  Here is a list of some places to find professional development for those who teach individuals with severe or multiple disabilities.
The following agencies may offer local conferences or courses:
Other places to find professional development:
  • local children's hospitals
  • local universities
  • disability specific organizations (Down Syndrome Congress, Rett Syndrome Foundation, etc)
  • special education agencies (collaboratives, intermediate units, BOCES, etc) and schools
  • state department of education or disabilities

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