Posts Tagged ‘switch adapted play’

Rally Racer review

Last December Kara Melissa (blogs at http://karamelissa.com) purchased the Rally Racer switch adapted car for her Son, Seb.

It was his main Christmas present so very important that it worked for him (and his younger sister). Seb uses switches attached to his tray and has worked hard at learning to target these switches to access his communication aids, computer and iPad games. Rally Racer needed to be a ‘drop-in solution’ for Seb’s switch configuration. It was!

icture showing Seb laughing because he has just crashed the Rally Racer racing cars

Seb has just crashed the Rally Racer cars

Kara initially contacted me via Facebook and we then bounced ideas back and forth on email. It turned out that Seb wanted either a train set or racing car set. In the end it was the Rally Racer racing car set that won out. I built one for Seb and shipped it to Toronto.

Picture showing the two Rally Racer cars Seb has crashed at the track cross-over point.

Rally Racer cars – crashed again

Gifts for Seb was my blog about Kara’s approach to finding toys suitable for a six year old with a cerebral palsy condition and especially her search for toys that ‘continued to deliver’ long after the initial excitement has passed.

Kara tells me Rally Racer was a bit hit on Christmas Day with family and friends. Seb was thrilled to bits 🙂 His absolute favourite bit is crashing the cars – isn’t that typical boy fun.

This week she sent me a blog link to her Rally Racer review. It’s a very good read and Rally Racer gets an A+ rating which ain’t bad in my books.

I encourage everyone to read the Rally Racer review and join the 1300+ parents and professionals who are following her blog.

Watch this space: Kara is also planning to review the Switch Dice for playing board games we designed; I’m looking forward to hearing what she says about it.

Switch Dice for playing board games

Playing board games with Switch Dice, a switch accessible electronic dice, is great inclusive fun.

Board games remain amazingly popular despite the trend to much more ‘techie’ toys. Nevertheless, go into any toy shop and you are certain to find a display of classics like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Monopoly through to a whole bunch of much newer games.

Switch Dice a switch accessible electronic dice

Switch Dice – switch accessible electronic dice

Playing board games usually requires players to throw or roll a dice. But for some gamers the act of throwing a dice may be difficult; that’s when Switch Dice, a switch accessible electronic dice can help. Switch Dice could be a great leveler especially if ‘local ground rules’ insist all players must use the Switch Dice when it’s their turn. Why not?

Switch Dice is really simple to use. Turn it on by plugging in a switch – any 3.5mm / 1/8th inch switch works. Pressing it makes the red Switch Dice LEDs ‘roll’ then stop showing how many spaces the gamer can move forward. The bright LEDs should help kids with sight conditions. It runs on two ‘AAA’ type batteries and if not used for more than five minutes goes to sleep to save battery power. Pressing the switch wakes it up again. It’s as simple as that 🙂

I’m planning to build six Switch Dice in January and send them to the mum and dad bloggers to test and review. The first one is going to Kara Melissa who blogs at ‘Free as Trees’ Read this posting about Kara and her son Seb. Another is for Stacy Warden who blogs at Noahsmiracle and the third is going to Tony Jones at TalkSense.

Would you like to check one out and willing to review it on your blog? Then get in touch – this is the link to our Contact Us page.

 

Gifts for Seb

Gifts for Seb is a blog post by Kara Melissa from Toronto and it’s definitely worth reading. Kara’s post is about her search for Christmas gifts suitable for her son, Seb, who has a cerebral palsy condition.

The full title of her post is ‘Gifts for Seb. And kiddos like him’. In it Kara lists toys Seb has enjoyed and, to use her description, toys that ‘continue to deliver’.

Rally Racer switch adapted racing cars as featured in blog post 'Gifts for Seb. And Kiddos like him'

Rally Racer switch adapted toy featured in ‘Gifts for Seb’

I find her concept of ‘toys that continue to deliver’ really interesting and it’s something I’ll be looking to appreciate more as we add new toys to our Special-Needs-Toys website.

‘Gifts for Seb. And Kiddos like him’ lists some toys I’ve not seen before but ones I’ll be keeping an eye open for when we visit the toys fairs in January. Perhaps more children would benefit from Kara’s research.

This Christmas Kara has purchased one of our Rally Racer switch adapted toys for Seb. Rally Racer is a two person toy. Seb will plug his switch into the adapted controller (on the left side in the picture) and he’ll be ready to race his car around the track against his sister, mum, dad or friends. I wonder who will be the champion racer?

I’m also looking forward to reading Kara’s review of Rally Racer and hearing what Seb thinks of it; fingers crossed it’ll be positive and also ‘continue to deliver value’.

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