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
Water • • • • • •
Rain Pool Beach Water Play Cooking/Eating Bath
Sunlight • The great outdoors…
Positioning • Restaurant • Playground • Gym (Health Club)
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.
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
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
Activities And Camp for Families - Aug.04
and more swimming . . . • Float a board on a styrofoam tray
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
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
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
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,”
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
Or in the hospital
In the kitchen • Spills? Splashes? No problem! • Plastic, disposable and inexpensive . . . SHOWER CAPS
In the kitchen • Bowl covers work too.
In the Kitchen • Magnetic Symbols for the Fridge
In the kitchen…
Positioning and Materials • Placemat • Wall Mounted Boards • Velcro-Receptive Material
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
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…
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!
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