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Low-Tech devices purchased from Dollar Tree

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Low tech devices

  1. 1. Low-Tech Assistive Technology Devices at Visual Impairments Aids For students with mild visual impairments that are not CVI, there are many low-tech assistive technology devices that can be bought off the shelf. At the Dollar Tree, I found a magnifying glass (picture 1) that can be used to read or enlarge objects in almost any educational setting and because it’s portable. For math and science class, a large digit calculator (picture 2) would also help with computing basic mathematic operations. The large print Webster’s Dictionary (picture 3) and Roget’s Thesaurus (picture 4) would be a great resource for written expression assignments. And more…. These are just some of the many items. Chantelle Ney Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16 Inclusive Practices Trainer & Consultant The Dollar Tree where everything is a dollar has a multitude of products that can be used to aid in low - tech assistive technology devices by either using “as is” or combined to make inexpensive tools for students with a variety ofdisabilities. Reading Aids For students who have learning disabilities or have cognitive learning impairments at any grade level, reading aids can vital in the educational setting to increase independence and confidence. In picture 5, book rings and index cards have many uses including sight words, vocabulary words, organize information about story elements, and a carry along communi- cation core words. Index Dividers (picture 6) have many uses also. Students with dyslexia can benefit from colored overlays (picture 6a). Index Dividers can also be cut done to use as highlighters when reading and be used with a cut out window on poster board to help with tracking when reading. 1 2 3 4 5 6 6a
  2. 2. 2 Handwriting Aids Fine motor skills impairments can hammer student’ handwriting. Using pencil grips (picture 7) and miniature mechanical pencils (picture 8) help students with awkward grasps of writing utensils or who have weak hand and wrist muscles. Seating and Positioning Aid Similar to Dycem but much less expensive is nonslip rug underlays (picture 9) have multiple uses. Although nonslip rug underlays at not as strong as Dycem, they can still used to help students from sliding in their chair, keep items from sliding on a desk, to stand up to reposition, to place on handrails in bathrooms for a better grip. These are only a few of the uses for nonslip rug underlays. Sensory Aids Students with autism, ADHD, ODD, OCD, and neurological disorders often havesensory impairment disorders. Using noise reduction ear muffs (picture11) to block out noises that can be frustrating to them, is a great ATtool. Picture 12shows the materials needed to make a weighted vest (picture 12a). A costumevest, 2 decorativesand bags, 4 snack zip baggies, 3 clutches, and a sewing kits were the items I purchased to make the weighted vestfor $8 that would cost $27+ to buy from a company. In picture 13, is a basket full of sensory/ fidget items:3 stress balls,light up ball, a laugh button, a plastic slinky, silly putty, beadnecklaces, ice cream cone bubbles and play dough for a total cost of $11. Communication Aids I attended LAMP Words for Life training in January 2016. John Halloran who created LAMP program, suggested that we make a sensory toy tote to use with students on the autistic spectrum when trialing the program to engage them. Picture 13 is the sensory toy tote I created from materials purchased at Dollar Tree. Most special education teachers I work with use the Proloqu2Go app on an iPad. One ofmy biggest concerns with students using any AACdevice is that the student must have access to it at all times. I created iPad carrying case (picture14a) for students using items I purchased at Dollar Tree (picture 14) for $3 using a tablet sleeve, dog leash, and a sewing kit to make it. Daily Living Aid This long reach picker (picture 10) can be used for a student who is in a wheelchair to reach objects that are on shelves, counters, and tables that are out of reach as long as they have the fine and gross motor muscle control needed. 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 12a 13 14a