Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Your Special Chef

A lot of special needs bloggers have shared this resource and I want to pass it along as well.

Your Special Chef is a great website designed as a Gold Award Girl Scout Project by the Anna Moyer, the sister of a young man with Down Syndrome.  (As a Gold Award Girl Scout myself hats off to Anna Moyer!)  The site has lots of great resources including picture recipes, articles about adapted cooking tools and You Tube videos of adapted cooking in action.

Check it out!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Three Click Free Games

From our friends at Juegos Atención Temprana here are three "click free" games that are great for touchscreens, early mouse skills and head trackers. As a bonus all three work as a cause and effect with a switch set to "tab"!

Bugs, Transportation and Musical Monkey can be great fun!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Switch Climber

Switch Climber is a subscription based, online curriculum for teaching switch skills to learners with special needs. 

Developed by a SLP/AT Specialist, Switch Climber has five levels of activities working through cause and effect to advanced scanning methods.   Activities are designed to be age appropriate across all levels and accessible to those with multiple disabilities such as visual impairment.  Switch Climber also has a nice blog you can check out to learn more about switches and related topics.

Switch Climber costs $14.95 a month and you can "try-before-you-buy" with a free two week subscription.  These subscriptions are per learner.  Teachers and schools may be interested in group subscriptions.

Personally I am hoping that Switch Climber ads an app with compatibility to the iOS switches on the market so the programs can also be used on iPads and maybe even Android devices.

Below you can find one of the many Switch CLimber videos on Youtube:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Eyegaze Apps

The products seen in this video are the first steps towards a comprehensive curriculum to teach purposeful eye gaze interaction leading to eye gaze controlled communication and computing.  We have road maps and progressions to teach keyboards and switch skills but this will be important for us to teach learners what they need to access an eye gaze controlled device.  Amazing.

The computers seen here are the Tobii PC Eye, the software is by Sensory Guru and the interactive floor mat is a Magic Carpet.

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