November 2009 archive

TalkSense: a new resource for AAC

TalkSense is a new service and information resource created by Tony Jones to promote good Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) practice in the use of Assistive Technology.

Tony is a highly qualified, Independent Teacher with over thirty years of experience working with Special Schools and Colleges to provide support and tuition to young people wishing to develop their augmentative communication and cognitive skills.TalkSense offers a number of independent specialist services including: assessment, consultation services, supply cover, support, tuition, training and advice for individual learners and their families, schools and colleges, Education Authorities and businesses.Contact Tony through his website: TalkSense

Switch adapted train

We have been wanting to produce switch adapted trains for ages. Every time we visit Spring or Autumn Fair trains sets are high on our wish list and, so far, we’ve always been disappointed.

But this week we’ve made a break through; we found two we could switch adapt albeit each one will require us to do some work at getting the switch or controller in place.

Thomas the Tank Engine switch adapted train

Thomas the Tank Engine switch adapted train

The first switch adapted train is a universal favourite – Thomas the Tank Engine. This engine runs on the carpet – no track is needed. Thomas is also very simple to control as one button, or switch sends him forward and the second switch makes him reverse in a circle. With these two switches he can be made to drive along quite merrily. He also makes realistic train sounds.

Tolo First Friends switch adapted train

Tolo First Friends switch adapted train

 

 

Then we have a “First Friends Train” from Tolo. This switch adapted train runs on a track layout. We plan to make it switch accessible by building a switch-box containing a transmitter and build the receiver into the engine.