Until We Encounter Barriers. Creative Solutions to Overcoming Barriers. High Tech Devices are Fantastic. Barriers to Technology

Creative Solutions to Overcoming Barriers Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP Shelley Harris, Family Member & Librarian High Tech Devices are Fantastic… Un...
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Creative Solutions to Overcoming Barriers Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP Shelley Harris, Family Member & Librarian

High Tech Devices are Fantastic…

Until We Encounter Barriers… •  Barriers to Technology –  Water –  Sunlight –  Positioning –  Noise

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Water •  •  •  •  •  • 

Rain Pool Beach Water Play Cooking/Eating Bath

Sunlight •  The great outdoors…

Positioning •  Restaurant •  Playground •  Gym (Health Club)

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Noise •  Bowling Alley •  Zoo •  Mall

Communication Happens Everywhere… There are solutions! •  •  •  • 

Home School Community Everywhere!

Josh Harris •  Josh is 24 years old. He has Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, which resulted in cognitive impairment, mobility challenges, hearing impairment and various medical challenges.

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Community •  Portable solution for outdoors communication. •  Like walking in a Halloween parade •  ‘96 *Attainment company, Pocket Talker 15

Recreation •  Josh’s talker was programmed to command his horse. •  “Walk on.”

Wearable Solutions LITTLEmack by Ablenet

TalkTrac by Ablenet

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Wearable Solutions Hip Talk by Enabling Devices

Super Wrist Talker by Enabling Devices

GoTalk Pocket by Attainment

In the pool! •  Iron-on communication boards on white T-shirts or tanks

Guy chatting with Matt at

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and more swimming . . . •  Float a board on a styrofoam tray

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and even more swimming . . . •  Laminated boards glued to kick boards with plumber’s glue

Alternate Pointing Options •  Pointing –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – 

Feet/toe(s) Manual Pointer Chinstick Headpointer Mouthstick Adapted Splints Optical Pointer Light Pointer

Eye-Talk by Enabling Devices

•  Eye Gaze

Eye Gaze

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Partner Assisted Scanning •  During partner assisted scanning the “partner” lists or “scans” through the individual’s choices visually and/or auditorily. The individual indicates when their desired choice is being presented.

Partner Assisted Scanning

At the Beach

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At the Beach

Trendy Digital pouches

Handy headphone jack available!

Laminated boards IN THE GARDEN

Glad Pad •  Communication board on a garden pad. •  Complete instructions at www.aacintervention .com

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More gardening… •  Glad pad with garden symbols.

Water Play •  Weatherproof Canvas Tote with velcro receptive material and laminated symbols.

Pillow Talk •  No, not “Pillow Talk,”

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Pillow talkers •  Are perfect when the device is charging and you’re in bed •  Pillow talkers can be ironed on or embroidered •  Avery now makes glow in the dark iron on sheets!

When snuggling on the couch

On long road trips

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Or in the hospital

In the kitchen •  Spills? Splashes? No problem! •  Plastic, disposable and inexpensive . . . SHOWER CAPS

In the kitchen •  Bowl covers work too.

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In the Kitchen •  Magnetic Symbols for the Fridge

In the kitchen…

Positioning and Materials •  Placemat •  Wall Mounted Boards •  Velcro-Receptive Material

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In the bathroom •  Motion sensor call button and laminated communication boards

In the bathroom •  This green board has lasted over a decade in our bathrooms!

In the shower •  Forgot your very cool apricot face scrub? •  Printed window decals on the shower door

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In the shower •  Have a shower curtain? Laminate a board and keep it in arm’s reach.

or the bath… •  Floating 2 liter pop bottle with communication board inside.

Cafepress.com •  Can upload any image to be printed on a variety of objects including: –  –  –  –  –  –  – 

Pillows Magnets Clothing Posters Stickers Tote Bags And…

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Cafepress.com •  Mousepads!

Talking photo albums •  Josh enjoys creating talking scrapbooks. •  He shares his experiences with others. •  This led to . . .

A new hobby - digital photography •  Josh began to tell us when he wanted a picture taken. •  We purchased a digital camera with an LED screen and now Josh takes the pictures!

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Accessible photography… •  Switch-adapted digital camera by Orcca Technology

Location, Location, Location •  Sometimes the biggest barrier of all is location. Laminated communication boards in every room means communication whenever and wherever, even when the device is in another room or charging.

Resources •  Attainment, www.attainmentcompany.com •  Ablenet, www.ablenetinc.com •  Augmentative Resources, http://www.augresources.com/ •  Avery® T-shirt Transfers for Inkjet Printers 8938 •  Enabling Devices, www.enablingdevices.com •  JAC’s Custom Sewn Embroidery 708/579.5494 •  Oak Park Public Library, [email protected] •  Office Depot® Brand Inkjet Window Decals, Item # 212881 •  ORCCA Technology, Inc., http://www.orcca.com/photo.htm •  Talking Photo Album, http://www.difflearn.com •  Technology & Language Center, Inc., www.talcaac.com •  Trendy Digital Waterpoof Cases, http://trendydigital.com

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