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Tetramouse: Another Mouse for Your Mouth and Beyond!

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Don’t you just love having choices? Thanks to the TetraLite Company, we have one more in the mouth joystick arena for people with quadriplegia, MS, or other physical disabilities.  The TetraMouse i...
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Jeanne Krull from IPAT shares a new mouth control mouse for access for individuals with mobility impairment. 

Great choices!

Carol Leynse Harpold, MS AdEd, OTR.L, ATP

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Entrepreneurs Design Backpack For Kids On The Spectrum

It may look like a typical book bag, but a backpack designed by a group of college students to meet the sensory needs of kids with autism is far from ordinary.
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The Disability Scoop.com shared a new backpack design for students on the spectrum. The Nestle Pack provides sensory input as well as attachment of oral and tactile fidgets. Read on about the innovative pack.

HT to Disability Scoop for sharing this post.

Hmm, I wonder if an optional belly strap would also help???


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Sheboygan pianist wows despite cerebral palsy

Sheboygan pianist wows despite cerebral palsy | OT @ Work | Scoop.it
Lakeland College student Jacob Nault, of Neenah, makes a name for himself as a musician
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This is an inspiring story of a young man with passion and talent who overcomes his disability creating his own adaptive technique. As an OT working with individuals with disabilities, it is a reminder to think outside of the box, listen and consider all options!

 

HT to Mrs. Roy for sharing out this great story!

Carol

 

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MOVER technology: Home-Based, Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Programs - The Assistive Technology Daily

MOVER technology: Home-Based, Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Programs - The Assistive Technology Daily | OT @ Work | Scoop.it
Forwarfightersrecoveringfrom traumatic brain injuries (TBI), the benefits of home-based, outpatient physical rehabilitation programs are numerous—they can exercise at home on their own schedules, be among family and friends and spend less time in treatment facilities.
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Hat tip to Assistive Technology Daily for sharing this technology for home programming!

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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, November 8, 2015 10:35 AM

I will admit that I am in love with Assistive Technology Daily's ability to curate new AT advances that will aid individuals now or as we look forward to the near future. The potentials are awesome and often applicable to many individuals we work with. 

Assistive Technology Daily's recent post on Mover Technology shares a physical rehab tool for home programming. Check out the post and consider the possibilities for PT, OT home programming for a wide variety of patients. 

Time to embrace technology and consider the possibilities (sometimes easier said than done, I will admit!). 

Hat tip to Assistive Technology Daily for providing visions for the future. 

Carol

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Google for Dyslexia: Chrome Extensions (Part Two)

Google for Dyslexia: Chrome Extensions (Part Two) | OT @ Work | Scoop.it
With Google Chrome extensions, dyslexic students can complete work more easily. Learn about seven add-ons that assist with the difficulty of reading and writing.
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Jamie Martin provides a review of seven Google extensions for individuals with learning disabilities on Noodle.com. These extensions are the tried and true tools for struggling readers and writers for Google Chrome. Basic but great list!

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Tetramouse: Another Mouse for Your Mouth and Beyond!

Tetramouse: Another Mouse for Your Mouth and Beyond! | OT @ Work | Scoop.it
Don’t you just love having choices? Thanks to the TetraLite Company, we have one more in the mouth joystick arena for people with quadriplegia, MS, or other physical disabilities.  The TetraMouse i...
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

Jeanne Krull from IPAT shares a new mouth control mouse for access for individuals with mobility impairment. 

Great choices!

Carol Leynse Harpold, MS AdEd, OTR.L, ATP

OT's with Apps

Adaptivetr.com

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Free Technology for Teachers: Studies of iPad Use in Education

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Richard Byrnes shares studies of iPad use in education.

 

We've got them (iPads) we love them, what should we love to do with them?

 

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Products - Combination Padlocks - 1500iD - Master Lock®

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Products - Combination Padlocks - 1500iD - Master Lock®
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What a great adapted locker combination from Master Lock. A simplified locker padlock that you can add pictures, symbols, colors, etc. to help students recall the locker combination.

 

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Mine for the Making: Colorful Rice Sensory Bin

Mine for the Making: Colorful Rice Sensory Bin | OT @ Work | Scoop.it

This is just one of many great suggestions for calming activities from Kim"s Counseling Corner. Visit her blog for more suggstions: http://kimscounselingcorner.com/2012/05/09/creating-a-calm-down-box/

 

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Your Therapy Source - www.YourTherapySource.com: ADHD, Exercise and Learning

Your Therapy Source - www.YourTherapySource.com: ADHD, Exercise and Learning | OT @ Work | Scoop.it

Great information on research of the positive effects of exercise on academic performance with students with ADHD. Check it out at Your Therapy Source.com

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3 tricks to help kids learn to hold their pencil correctly

3 tricks to help kids learn to hold their pencil correctly | OT @ Work | Scoop.it
Pencil grip is one of those things that is really hard to re-teach if kids initially learn it incorrectly. Though every child will end up settling on a pencil grip that works best for him or her, i...
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Regain your independence.
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The Gyroglove is the mother of invention for a 103 year old woman with severe tremors. The innovator of the Gyroglove identified the lack of solutions resulting in the woman's limitations with performing basic self-cares due to her significant tremors.  Now currently a project of students and graduates of a mixed group of international students at the Imperial College of London with engineering, medical and design backgrounds. How exciting to think there will be more solutions for regaining or maintaining independence for individuals with tremors.

Read more about the Gyroglove at http://gyrogear.co/gyroglove/

 

Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, ATP

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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, February 7, 7:06 PM

The Gyroglove is a device under development by students and graduates of the engineering, medical and design programs at Imperial College of London. The mother of invention of one of the students who was working with a 103 year old woman with severe tremors that interfered with her ability to perform basic ADL tasks. The Gyroglove has been under development as a solution to counter act the tremors for improving functional skills.

This is an exciting new innovation that has the potential to aid clients in increasing their functional abilities.

I hope to see this available for clients in the near future!

 

More information can be found at http://gyrogear.co/gyroglove/ .

 

Carol Leynse Harpold, OT's with Apps and Technology

KEpps's curator insight, March 9, 4:25 AM

The Gyroglove is a device under development by students and graduates of the engineering, medical and design programs at Imperial College of London. The mother of invention of one of the students who was working with a 103 year old woman with severe tremors that interfered with her ability to perform basic ADL tasks. The Gyroglove has been under development as a solution to counter act the tremors for improving functional skills.

This is an exciting new innovation that has the potential to aid clients in increasing their functional abilities.

I hope to see this available for clients in the near future!

 

More information can be found at http://gyrogear.co/gyroglove/ .

 

Carol Leynse Harpold, OT's with Apps and Technology

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sComm - Freedom Through Communication

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The UbiDuo 2 Wireless, and UbiDuo 2 Wired - the solution for face-to-face communication for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

Do you work with deaf clients or co-workers? If your work setting is a hospital or governmental agency, you may have one a UbiDuo 2 available to you as an accommodation for employees or clients who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). No, they do not replace interpreters, but they do offer a method of communication for individuals who are hard of hearing, literate and can type.   

 

The UbiDuo 2 has two keyboards with word processing capabilities, its own wireless capabilities, long battery life, fast boot up,  and large text options for low vision. It does not offer word prediction or spell checking at this time (so you do need to have reasonable spelling and writing skills). 


So if you are working with clients with hearing impairment, this might be available at your medical facility. Of course there are other options available, such as a portable word processor,  use of an Android tablet or iPad to type messages using a native notetaking app (i.e. iOS Notes, or Galaxy S Notes or dedicated apps such as the  FlipWriter app offering dual writing environments.


As an assistive technology practitioner at Adaptive Technology Resources, we have recently received a number of inquiries for the UbiDuo 2 as an option for DHH. Research on the device shows it has great options for an on demand device for individuals who are DHH and can type. 

 

It does not offer word prediction or spell checking at this time (so you do need to have reason

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Pictello meets Tar Heel Reader

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Ever heard of Tar Heel Reader? It’s a wonderful collection of free books on a wide range of topics, founded by the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies. From now on, you can import and enhance Tar Heel Reader stories in Pictello!
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If you have heard or used the Tar Heel Reader, you know that it is a valuable resource of books (and book creating) for emergent readers. And heard or have Pictello app from AssistiveWare? Most likely you know about this premier storybook app with features to create your own books, sensory or social stories which can be accessed on the iPad with direct access or switch.

Now merge the two, and you have a resource of storybooks that can be used in Pictello that can be accessed by those using direct access and via switch on the iPad.

A huge hat tip to AssistiveWare for creating an online converter tool for Tar Heel Reader stories that can be used with Pictello! Reading for everyone!  

 

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Nike Unveils Shoes For People With Special Needs

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Thanks to a plea from a teen with cerebral palsy seeking shoes he could put on his feet independently, Nike is introducing sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities.
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With a plea from a teen with a disability, Nike creates shoes for individuals with mobility impairment. Kudos to the teen for being a self advocate!

As scooped on 7/21/2015 from http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/07/15/nike-unveils-shoes/20440/

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Dictionary Apps to Support LD

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Dictionary Apps to Support LD I love dictionary apps on mobile devices. They provide spelling and word look up on demand. For individuals with reading and spelling challenges it can provide immedia...
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Dictionary apps for learning disabilities feature match.  

 

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RocketKeys | MyVoice | The Assistive Technology Daily

RocketKeys | MyVoice | The Assistive Technology Daily | OT @ Work | Scoop.it
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Assistive Technology Daily Share a new customizable keyboard for mobility impaired and multiply handicapped individuals.

 

Check out RocketKeys, so many new apps and tools available!

 

Thanks to Assistive Technology Daily Share !

 

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SOAR

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The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, confidential, and practical information on workforce accommodations and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Are you familiar with the Searchable Online Accommodation Resource from the Job Accommodation Network?

This resource provides accommodation listed in categories by disability. It has a wealth of information if you work with vocational rehab clients.

 

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Fidget Toy Ideas For The Classroom~snagglebox

Fidget Toy Ideas For The Classroom~snagglebox | OT @ Work | Scoop.it

Many ideas for fidgets that can help with self-regulation!

Teachers, parents and therapists will like this resource!

 

Thanks to Mrs. Koene, an awesome special education teacher, for sharing this resource!

 

 

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Gail Zahtz's curator insight, July 18, 2013 8:10 PM

Great free book to download to make your own sensory box, bin, basket or bag.  Keeps her examples inexpensive.  The illustrations are quite cute.  I would even pay a bit for it.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Protect Your Eyes from Computer Screens

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Protect Your Eyes from Computer Screens | OT @ Work | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne, blogger of Free Technology for Teachers, provides information on digital eye strain. Very similar to prior posts on the ergonomics of using mobile devices, Richard Byrne shares a report from the Vision Council that provides information on what symptom are and how to manage visual strain.

 

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