Maintaining communication page sets on an AAC device can be overwhelming. In this video I discuss one of the tricks I use to edit J’s page sets on my laptop while making sure that J’s Tobii C12 is kept up to date with the latest edits.
For those interested in how to make use of DropBox as a way of editing AAC page sets on Tobii devices, here is the how to video:
One of the things J is working on in Physical Therapy is assisted walking. Here is a look at some AT J’s PT built to help facilitate bench walking around the house.
The second stone in the AT Arms Race from the AT Skunk Works labs. Last week I showed you a switch adapted squirt gun, now let me introduce how that became the AT Battle Tank.
Categories: Casual Hacker, DIY, Just For Fun, Low Tech
Tags: #ATArmsRace, #ATPeeps, adapted play, AssistiveTech, CerebralPalsy, disabilities, do it yourself, switch
While it has been a quiet month on my YouTube channel and blog, I have been busy in the AT Skunk Works labs on a top secret project. Now that it is finished let me throw the first stone in the AT Arms Race. 🙂
Since last week people seemed very interested in AT Rule of Life #1 (Every High Tech AT Solution Needs At Least One Low or No Tech Alternative), I thought I would share a No Tech Eye Gaze AAC solution we use at the AT Household as an alternative to J’s High Tech AAC device.
A beautiful summer day at the AT household inspired me to share a little summer Assistive Tech on a shoestring budget.
Happy Fathers’ Day to all the “Proud Dads” out there.
It has been a bit of time since my last post. I am hoping this post will make up for the recent silence. Our family has been focused a bit on some family issues, but mostly I have been pouring my spare time into Halloween related tasks. Halloween has always been an opportunity to let our creativity loose around our house. I have to admit that, prior to J joining our family, I had developed a bit of a talent with prosthetic and makeup special effects. Unfortunately, most of those skills were used to create effects not exactly kid friendly, so I have had to redirect my costume skills for awhile. I have instead turned to pumpkin carving and costume fabrication as my new Halloween creative outlet.
Categories: Cerebral Palsy, Just For Fun
Tags: adaptation, assistive tech, astronaut, cerebral palsy, costume, disabilities, Halloween, life, solar system, space, space shuttle, special needs, stars, wheelchair
Every Activity Can Be Adapted Using AT
This rule may need a bit of defending because I am sure there will be some people that will start citing examples of activities they believe cannot be adapted.
First, let me make sure I am clear about what I mean by “activity”. I do not mean a specific level of proficiency. For example, someone might try to tell me that I cannot adapt playing Major League Baseball. That is a level of proficiency. However, the activity of playing baseball can (and has) been adapted. There may be some purists out there that will watch a Challenger League Baseball game and claim it isn’t baseball. Well, it’s been adapted. Some of those adaptations are equipment, some are rule changes, some are fan perceptions. If you get the chance to talk to a Challenger League player try telling them they are not really playing baseball. Continue reading
Categories: Rules for an AT Life
Tags: Assistive, assistive tech, assistive technology, AT, cerebral palsy, cp, disabilities, disability, life, rule, rules, rules for an at life, special needs, Tech, Technology
As you may have read in a recent post, I am exploring ideas to help J participate more fully in Challenger Baseball games by modifying a switch adapted pitching machine to help J throw the ball while fielding. That project of mine received some attention from another parent who was looking for a way to help their child play fetch with their service dog. Their child happens to have Cerebral Palsy, happens to use a wheelchair, and happens to need a little help throwing the ball. A very similar situation to my desire to help J participate in the fielding half of the inning during baseball games. Continue reading
Categories: Casual Hacker, Cerebral Palsy, DIY, Inspiration, Medium Tech
Tags: adaptation, adapted play, Assistive, assistive tech, assistive technology, AT, catch, cerebral palsy, cp, disabilities, disability, diy, do it yourself, dog, idea, life, play, play catch, solution, switch, Tech, Technology, tone, wheelchair