The 14-in-1 Solar Robot is an interactive, educational engineering kit for making solar powered robots, designed for children ages 10 and up with learning disabilities to have them learn about pivotal solar powered technology. The process and the creations encourages scientific learning, logic, and creativity. Users start with the first level of basic robot building and create silly creatures that move around the table. For basic building skills level, players build the turtle bot, beetle bot, q
Abilitations Cut N Cruise is designed to improve eye hand coordination and visual motor development in children with or without disabilities. This includes a magnetic car placed at the end of metal scissors. Users “drive” the scissors across the line and the car acts as a scissoring guide.
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a customized adaptation of a carder handle used by an individual with gripping difficulties in her craft hobby of making items out of the hair of pets. In the process hand-by-hand process pet hair must be un-tangled using carders before spinning. Carders are curved rectangular brushes with bristles of kinked wire; they are used to pull clumps of hair apart and thus align the hairs. The handles on the carders were ½ inch diameter dowels, and
The Adaptive Grip Brush is an adapted brush designed for use by children with fine motor or grasping disabilities. Available in a choice of flat or round brush styles, this brush has a large bulb-shaped lacquered wooden handle to accommodate adaptive grasping. The brush has an aluminum ferrule and natural bristles. DIMENSIONS: The flat brush is 7/8-inch wide and the round brush is 0.5 inch in diameter. COLOR: The round brush has white bristles and the flat brush has black bristles.
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of an adjustable easel with a tray to hold marker pens for a high school student with cerebral palsy. The girl has severe contractures in her fingers, which made it difficult for her to grasp and release markers when desired. When she needed a new marker, a teacher or aide manually opened her fingers and placed a new marker in her hand. Her range of motion was limited, and she could only access a portion of the drawing surface. Designers cr
Aquapaint for Dementia is designed for use by individuals with cognitive loss associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Users paint water onto the drawing and the colored image will appear, as the water dries the image will fade, allowing the Aquapaint to be used again.
The Armada Easy-Spring Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. These scissors are operated by squeezing gently using the thumb and fingers or the fingers and palm of the hand, and they are suitable for right-handed or left-handed users. When the handles are released, the blades open. These scissors have stainless steel blades and plastic handles. DIMENSIONS: 5 inches long.
The Armada Snippy Spring Action Scissors, models B888 and S888, are self-opening scissors designed for use by children and adults with fine motor disabilities or arthritis. Available in blunt or pointed models, these scissors feature a flexible plastic arm with spring action on one handle that keeps them open and ready to cut until squeezed shut. The handle is ABS plastic and has a label insert for the user's name. The blades are 1.2 millimeter (mm) gauge stainless steel. DIMENSIONS: The handle
Aroma Dough is a scented therapy dough designed to soothe and help release stress, ease muscle pain and stiffness and encourage post-stroke hand movement. Aroma dough is smooth, silky, and responsive to light pressure or heavy kneading and it’s unique moisturizing formula allows a slow release of essential oils for hands-on therapy. Six colors/fragrances are included in one kit: Purple – calming lavender, Blue – ylang ylang to ease anxiety, Green – refreshing peppermint, Yellow – invigorating le
Art for All Language Kit, model LK-AA, is a painting and drawing activity and language tutorial program designed for use by individuals with cognitive disabilities. Concepts addressed are art tools and how they are used, colors, and counting and graphing using M & Ms. The kit includes a book written with limited vocabulary and repetitive lines using Mayer-Johnson Picture Communication Symbols; an interactive computer book that combines text, pictures, speech, and sound; and a songboard, word
The Art Start Gift Pack is a set of crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. The set includes eight Chubbi Stump Crayons (see also separate entry), eight Chubbi Paint Sticks (see also separate entry), and eight Chubbi Chalks. These short, thick crayons and chalks are long-lasting and break-resistant and easy to grasp with a whole-handed palmar grasp. COLOR: Assorted.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder overcomes difficulty of gripping and manipulating brush or tool with hands and fingers. An ordinary plastic or rubber kitchen mixing tool is adapted to serve as a means to grip and manipulate the artist's brush using the teeth. Rubber or plastic tubing can also be attached to the brush to enhance ability to grip and manipulate it using the teeth. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on Art and Disabilities, 55
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow sanding or clay pounding with a foot; can also be adapted to hold some artist's tools. Three pieces of 1 inch board are made into a shallow U just large enough to fit the shoe of the intended user, and a leather strap to hold the device on the foot to which it is fastened. A hole can be drilled in the front to hold a tool such as a paintbrush. Includes drawing. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Headgear, either bought or manufactured, adapted to hold a paintbrush. Pictures device for an artist who cannot grasp or manipulate a paintbrush with hands and fingers. A helmet-like piece of headgear made with leather and metal or bought from an orthopedic supply house is fitted with an angled brush holder attached to either the top or sides. COMMENTS: For further information contact developers: National Institute on Art and Disabilities, 551 23rd St.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Racks to hold baby food bottles, to serve as paint jars, giving them stability and prevent spilling of paint. Describes rack made of a piece of 1/4 inch plywood with holes large enough for baby food jars, fastened to a piece of 1 inch heavy wood the same size as the plywood using two strips of wood 1 1/2 inches wide. Suggests that a commercial spice rack fastened to a 2 by 4 inch board could also be used. COMMENTS: For further information contact devel
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Wooden easel which can be positioned at any angle on table. Diagram shows double easels, hinged at top. Each plywood face is set on a wooden base. Wood strips on base position easel. Easel could be made in various sizes. Note that materials list and cutting layout sketch are not the same. Using a separate wooden base for each side of the easel would increase its adjustability. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools,
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptations to artists brushes which improve ability to grip brush, and to adjust angle at which brush is gripped. Drawings illustrate how flexible faucet tubing, copper elbow and "T" joints and plumbers insulation can be used to create brush grips tailored to the angles needed by individual artists. Wooden dowels, and rivets are also needed. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J.; Tindall, L. TITLE: Tools, Equipment & Machinery Adapted for
Battery Operated Scissors are scissors designed for use by individyals with fine motor disablilities, limited grasping ability, or other disabilities of the hand. These scissors have powered blades and wide, easy-to-grasp shaft. The unit can be adapted for use with a switch; a How-To Guide is included. POWER: Uses batteries.
Battery Operated Scissors, model 9080, are powered scissors designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities and grasping disabilities. These scissors are designed to allow children with limited hand strength to participate in art and other classroom or home activities. Once a connected capability switch is activated (required, but not included) the scissors are ready to be used to cut through paper or other art material. These scissors come with a special mounting base where they are s
The Blick Egg Handled Brushes are paint brushes with large handles designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. These brushes have high-quality multi-diameter Golden Nylon hairs with the feel and appearance of sable. The hairs are set in an egg-shaped ergonomic handle. One side of the handle is flat to prevent rolling and to keep the brush head off of the table surface when not in use. When used with watercolor, oil paint, fluid acrylic or any other fluid medium, the
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with use of only one hand to form large bows for gift baskets. This simple jig acts as a second holding hand. Two one-inch dowels are placed about seven inches apart on a plastic platform laid on a sheet of Dycem to keep it from slipping and the jig and the pad are held in place with a one-hand clamp. A plastic spring clip is bonded to the base and rests against the right-hand pillar. This clip holds one end of the ribbon, which is the wi
The brent Rehabilitation Wheel, model 16, is a potter's wheel designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs. This variable-speed power wheel has a frame that was designed in conjunction with rehabilitation and therapy experts. The frame provides access for a wheelchair, a standard stool, or a standing user. The wheel can handle 150 pounds of clay continuously. This wheel includes the brent Classic Controller with these features: Optimal torque at all speeds as the wheel speed remains const
The Buddha Board, model 7502, is a painting activity designed for use by individuals with fine motor or cognitive disabilities. The special surface on the board enables the user to create spontaneous art or practice writing the alphabet, numbers, or his/her name using a brush and plain water. When the image is painted with water, it appears on the surface, darkens, and then slowly evaporates. The set includes a brush and a water holder stand. DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 12 x 9.5 x 0.25 inches. WEIGHT: 2
Cando Scented Therapy Putty is a scented recreational dough that helps users develop grip strength and focused attention. The added scent of each putty allows for sensory integration. Each set of four contains the following scents and resistances: vanilla (extra-extra soft), banana (extra soft), cherry (soft), and apple (medium). Nonedible.
The Children's Learning Scissors are scissors designed for use with children with upper extrenity disabilities. Available in right- or left-handed models, these scissors have metal blades with rounded tips and vinyl-coated finger loops to prevent slipping and provide tactile awareness. DIMENSIONS: 3.5 inches long
Chubbi Paint Sticks are crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. These short, thick crayons are long-lasting and break-resistant and easy to grasp with a whole-handed palmar grasp. They can be used dry for a rich color similar to a pastel or they can be dipped in water and used wet for a paint-like color. COLOR: Eight colors per set.
Chubbi Stump Crayons are crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. These short, thick crayons are easy to grasp with a whole-handed palmar grasp. COLOR: Eight colors per box.
Clamp-It is an adjustable craft tool holder designed for use by individuals with use of only one hand, arthritis, or fine motor or physical disabilities. Clamp-It is mounted on four suction cups, and can be used vertically or horizontally to hold an item in a fixed position. The clamp size can be changed by turning two wing nuts. DIMENSIONS: Maximum holding width is one inch.
The Convert-Able Table is a height-adjustable tilt top work table designed for use by children and adults with mobility disabilities. This table features interchangeable snap-on table tops that allow it to be used for a variety of activities, such as reading and writing, art, and sensory stimulation. The height adjusts to enable a child in a floor sitter or an adult in a wheelchair or stander to use the table. Features include a powder-coated steel frame, four-dual locking casters, push-button
The Convert-Able Table (Art Easel) is a height-adjustable tilt-top work table and overhead bookholder designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs or with severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. This unit lifts books for eye-level or overhead reading within a range of 9 to 18 inches high. Springs provide the lifting power. The unit is designed so that the paper will stay where placed: up or down, left or right, at any angle without adjustment of knobs or levers. Horizontal gui
The Copernicus Tabletop Easel is an easel designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs. This folding easel has a lightweight molded frame with a built-in carrying handle. The easel is equipped with two magnetic dry erase boards, one with one-inch spaced blue lines and one plain. The unit also features a ledge for books or markers on each side, a detachable pocket chart, and three removable Tiny Tubs that can be stored within the built-in tray. DIMENSIONS (WxDxH): 19 x 17 x 19 inches (fram
Crayola Jumbo Crayons are easy grasp crayons designed for use by children with grasping or fine motor disabilities. Available in a set of 8, these over-sized crayons are designed to aid in gripping while reducing breakage. Each crayon has a double paper wrapper for extra strength. DIMENSIONS (LxD): 5 x .5625 inches. COLOR: Birdie Blue, Bunch O' Grapes Purple, Bunny Brown, Candy Apple Red, Jack O'Lantern Orange, Kitty Cat Black, Leap Frog Green, and Sunshine Yellow.
Crayola Large Crayons are easy grasp crayons designed for use by children with fine motor or grasping disabilities. Available in standard (sets of 8 and 16), multicultural (set of 8), and washable (set of 8 or 16), these over-sized crayons aid in grip and control. DIMENSIONS (LxD): 4 x .4375 inches. COLOR: The sets of 8 standard and 8 washable crayons include red, orange, yellow, blue, green, violet, brown, and black. The set of 16 standard and washable crayons include red, orange, yellow, blue,
The Crayola So Big Brush is an easy grasp paint brush designed for children age 3 and up with fine motor or grasping disabilities. This brush has a wide handle and a thick brush head. The white bristles acommodate tempra and watercolor paint.
Crayon Brix are crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. These wrapperless aqua crayons can be used wet or dry and come in a thick rectangular shape for ease in grasping. A reusable clear plastic case is included. COLOR: Eight colors per set.
“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRYPURPOSE: To create an adaptive crayon holder for children with grasping and fine motor skill disabilities. Take a 35-millimeter film canister and cut an "X" in the bottom and top. Insert the crayon through the Xs. Using both top and bottom of canister makes the crayon more stable. MATERIALS: Discarded 35 millimeter film canister (available for free from any store that does film processing) and crayon. TOOLS: Utility Knife. TITLE: Adapted Crayon Holder JOURNAL: Ideas to shar
------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To make crayons for children with fine motor and grasping difficulties. Crayon Nibbles are made with crayons, a mini muffin pan and an oven. Paper is peeled from the crayons and broken into ½-inch to 1-inch size pieces and arranged in each muffin slot. Bake the crayons for 6-8 minutes to allow the crayons to slightly melt. Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the freezer and remove the crayon nibbles from the
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold thread and maintain tension on it to allow a person with use of one arm to crochet. Describes a wood stand with a box to hold the yarn or thread, and a system of buffers and levers to maintain tension on it and position the work in process; tension is released with a foot operated pedal. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: Designed by Bob Loughlin. For further information contact: Technical Aid to the Disabled, 227 Morrison Road, PO Box 108,
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid developed to allow a below-elbow amputee using a prosthetic hook to crochet. Device constructed from a plastic (Polyform) strip 32 by 2 cm bent in half at right angles with one half bent into an oval; and a strip of velcro. Describes how the device and the prosthetic hook used together anchor the thread and provide tension to facilitate crocheting. Includes photograph and drawings. COMMENTS: Author affiliated with Loma Linda University Medical Cent
Crochet Grips are crocheting aids that help control motion and provide a better grip for weak hands. The form-fitted grip, My-Grip, is applied to the crochet hook, heated, and molded to the fingers of individual users. SIZES: Large (11317) fits hook sizes I - L; Small (11318) fits hook sizes B - H and steel hooks 00 - 14.
The Cubex Therapy System on Wheels is a fine motor training kit designed for use with individuals with neurological disabilities and/or who use wheelchairs. This wheeled station accommodates four users standing and/or in wheelchairs At the ends of the unit are 90-degree fold-away work surfaces with bolt boards and a pegboard that opens to 60 or 90 degrees. Other features include a slide-out full-width plastic-laminate work surface and a reversible activity board in the top with a pegboard on one
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with scleroderma to cut mats, foam board, fabric, and other materials used in graphic arts. The board consists of a plastic cutting mat mounted on a wooden board with a spring-loaded metal strip across the top and down the left side. The user slides the material to be cut under the strips and tightens them using an attached tri-nut. This holds the material in place and enables the user to cut it without danger of cutting her fingers. TITLE: Cut
The Desk Top Reading Stand, model 1-03220-00, is an adjustable bookholder designed for use by individuals with low vision. This portable desk top reading stand holds reading material at a proper position for individuals with low vision. This wooden stand has a book shelf that can be moved from left to right, adjustable page clamps, and a built-in carrying handle. DIMENSIONS (HxW): Top surface measures 23.75 x 18 inches. WEIGHT: 9 1/8 pounds.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide an individual with cerebral palsy a customized, digital camera mount, and control device. The patron was unable to avoid moving the camera when she operated the shutter, so her shots were blurred. The first solution was to isolate the triggering mechanism from the camera; but today’s digital cameras lack the remote triggering capacity that film cameras have. A “camera remote shutter release” was the solution. A release mechanism consisting of solenoid which
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Small stand or easel that sits on a table to hold paper for a child to draw or paint. Plywood board 10 by 10 inches which slides into a base made of 8 by 10 inch plywood with two battens (1 by 1 by 10 inches) fastened on leaving a gap between them of about 5/16 of an inch; the distance between the boards determines the tilt of the easel. This can be painted flat black and used as a blackboard, or paper can be tacked to it. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking.
The Dual Control Training Scissors are child's scissors designed for use with children with fine motor disabilities. These scissors have blunt stainless steel blades and hard plastic handles. Available in right- or left-handed models, these scissors have double loops inside each large handle. The child uses the set of loops furthest from the blades, while the adult uses the other set to assist with control or pressure or to provide guidance. DIMENSIONS: 6.5 inches long.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To create an easel to enable an individual with quadriplegia to engage in creative painting. Made of plywood, the easel consists of a base that sits on a table and a board that is hinged to the front of the base, and a wheel on to which the painting is mounted. The wheel allows the painting to be rotated on the board. The two-piece base consists of a fixed piece at the bottom and a sliding piece above, with Teflon disks in between to ensure the top piece moves easily.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with severe phyical disabilities to paint. The easel has a crossbar that restson the arms of a wheelchair with an arm in the center that points away from the user; a clamp at the end of the arm holds the vertical mount for the easel, which extends between the user's legs. The vertical mount supports a vertical rail equipped with two horizontal carriers that hold the painting in place. Another arm, mounted on the left, is equipped w
Easi-Grip Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities, arthritis or other disabilities of the hand or fingers. Available in right- or left-handed models, these scissors have a continuous loop plastic handle that is operated by squeezing gently using the thumb and fingers or the fingers and the palm of the hand; the blades automatically open when pressure is released. A blade guard is included for storage. DIMENSIONS: 7.25 inches long.
The Easi-Grip Scissors are scissors with voluntary opening action designed for individuals with little or no finger strength or manual dexterity. These all-purpose scissors close with a light sqeeze and open up automatically by means of a built-in plastic spring. The scissors may be used with either the right or left hand and feature stainless steel blades and molded-on nylon spring handles. A hang-up holder/blade protector is also included. Three models are available: model H75800-001 has round
Easi-grip Spring Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with limited hand strength or grasping ability. The user's fingers may be placed in the wide, easy-grip loop handle or they may be placed on top of the handles. A slight squeeze closes the blades; releasing pressure opens the blades. Model PC 6358 has rounded tips and model 6358-01 has pointed tips. Blade guards are included with both models. DIMENSIONS: These scissors are 6.5 inches long.
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted easel and head mount for artists with cerebral palsy who have limited hand/grasping function. A new head mount was created after evaluating the consumer using the inner mechanism from a welder’s helmet, which has a tensioner in the back to ensure an exact fit. A small brass plate was riveted to the front, taking care to preserve the frame’s cloth surround so that the individual’s forehead was protected. Onto the plate, a
The Easy Action Micro-Tip Scissors are scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis, grasping or upper extremity disabilities, or limited hand strength. Intended to reduce hand strain, these micro-tip easy action scissors have a spring-action design that opens the blades after each cut. The scissors have high grade stainless steel blades that offer a lasting sharp edge that cuts all the way to the tip. Other features include an easy-to-slide thumb lock that provides safe storage, and
The Easy Grip Scissors, models 6027 & 6028 are scissors with a flexible handle designed for use by individuals with limited hand strength or grasping ability. The scissors can be used either right- or left-handed, and the ergonomic handle permits operation with a squeezing action between the finger and thumb or the thumb and the palm. The scissors feature a polypropylene handle with a nylon spring strap, stainless steel blades, and blade protectors. Model PC 6027 has rounded tips and model 6
The Electronic Easel is designed to provide an electronic easel that is highly adjustable with the use of a mouthstick. The painting easel is mounted on the frame of an electric car seat. The 9 different easel adjustments are controlled by a switch which operates by positioning a mouthstick in front of the switch face. A switch and paintbrush holder are mounted on a framework which consists of 9 mm stainless steel rods. PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT: Designed by Chris Andersen and Fred O'Kelly for a hig
The Etch A Sketch, model 7002, is a switch-operated drawing activity designed for use by children with severe physical or upper extremity disabilities. This switch-adapted version of the classic Etch A Sketch has four built-in switches to enable the user to draw in horizontal (right and left) or vertical directions (up and down). To erase, remove the Etch A Sketch from the base and shake. The base also has four external jacks for capability switches (not included) if required. POWER: Uses 6 C ba
Etch A Sketch Switch Toy is designed for children who have limited fine motor skills associated cerebral palsy, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries. It is adapted to suit users who are not able to turn knobs independently. The switches on the base can be used to control the marking on the screen and make exciting drawings. When a drawing is completed, take the Etch A Sketch Switch Toy off its base and shake the etch-a-sketch to erase it.
The Exacto Ergo Utility Knife is a craft knife with a large handle designed for use by individuals with arthritis or grasping disabilities. Useful for cutting cardboard, matboard, foamboard and other art materials, this knife has a large ergonomically-designed handle allowing a full-hand grasp for those with limited hand strength and dexterity. A twist-open knob and patented hinged casing facilitate changing blades. This knife also allows the blade to be positioned horizontally for use as a pain
Extended easel functions as three different pieces of furniture. Floor easel is designed for child for long sitting activities. Raised book edge holds material at a 20 degree angle and also adjusts to a horizontal plane for play. Adjustable leg set converts floor easel into a portable desk adjustable from 21 inches to 27 inches in height. Capable of converting to horizontal setting. Intermediate size converts easel to a smaller desk 14 inches to 21 inches in height. The seat block converts floor
Extended easel tray has a 20 by 24 inch surface with a 14 1/2 inch cutout. Designed to interface with the TherAdapt Mini- or Primary Cube Chairs and the Mini-Prone Stander. Top adjusts to 30 degree angle. The large model is 28 inches wide by 23 inches deep with an 18 1/4 by 4 1/2 inch cutout. Three types of legs are available for both sizes: 9 to 15 inches high, 15 to 21 inches high or 26 to 32 inches high.
The Faber-Castell 9000 Jumbo Pencils are easy grasp drawing pencils designed for use by individuals with fine motor and grasping disabilities. These pencils feature a large graphite tip that offers a wide variety of line widths, while five different hardness grades provide many tones of gray. The leads are encased in an oversized barrel that is finished with an environmentally friendly, water-based varnish. The SV-bonded leads are extra break-resistant. These pencils are available in HB, 2B, 4B,
Faber-Castell Art GRIP Aquarelle Anime Art Sets are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. These pencils have ergonomic triangular-shaped barrels with a soft-grip zone. These pre-sharpened pencils blend like traditional colored pencils. Adding water and a brush creates watercolor effects, and they can also be used to draw on wet paper. These pencils are available in college, fantasy, fairies, and gothic (each set sold sep
Faber-Castell Art GRIP Aquarelle Pencils are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. These pencils have ergonomic triangular-shaped barrels with a soft-grip zone. The pre-sharpened pencils blend like traditional colored pencils. Adding water and a brush creates watercolor effects, and they can also be used to draw on wet paper. These pencils are available in sets of 12, 24, or 36 acid-free, pemanent colors and include a po
Faber-Castell Art GRIP Color Pencils are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by children and adults with arthritis or fine motor or grasping disaabilities. These pencils have a triangular barrel with soft grasp dots to aid in grasping. These pencils are available in sets of 6, 12, 24, or 36 pencils with acid-free, pemanent colors. Some sets include a portable storage tin. DIMENSIONS: The pencil leads are 3.3 millimeters.
The Faber-Castell Dust-Free Eraser is an easy grasp eraser designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. Shaped like a rectangle, this eraser aids in finger positioning and grip. It causes less dust which takes less effort to brush it away after erasing too. This eraser works with standard and colored pencils.
Faber-Castell GRIP Colour Markers are easy grasp markers designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. These non-toxic markers have a triangular barrel design with raised GRIP dots to aid in holding. This set of 10 or 20 washable markers features a long-lasting water-based ink that can be re-hydrated by placing the nib in water. These markers have a fineline tip for detailed coloring and drawing. A ventilated cap prevents choking if swallowed.
Faber-Castell GRIP Erasers are easy grasp erasers designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. The set of three erasers includes one round, one oval, and one triangular, each of which are designed to be easy to hold. This eraser works with standard and colored pencils.
Faber-Castell Jumbo Beeswax Crayons are easy grasp crayons designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. Available in sets of 12 or 24, these crayons have a triangular shape that teaches proper grip and will not roll off desks or tables. COLOR: The set of 12 includes black, blue, brown, green, lime, mustard, orange, peach, red, sky blue, yellow, and white. The set of 24 includes all of the colors of the smaller set plus dark blue, dark brown, gray, grass green, magent
The Faber-Castell Jumbo Broadline Washable Markers are easy grasp markers designed for use by individuals with arthritis or fine motor or grasping disabilities. These markers are made with a long-lasting water-based ink that can be rehydrated by placing the marker nib in water. The jumbo barrel is designed to be easy to hold, and the broad tips lay down bold strokes of color. The nibs are designed to be durable enough to sustain heavy pressure when coloring. Name labels are included. The markers
Faber-Castell Jumbo Colour Grip Pencils are large easy-grasp colored pencils designed for use by children with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. These large pencils feature a triangular barrel and grasp dots to aid in holding the pencil. Sold in sets of six or 12, these non-toxic pencils can be blended dry or used with water as water-color pencils. The set of 12 pencils includes a jumbo pencil sharpener.
The Faber-Castell Jumbo Triangular Colored EcoPencils are easy grasp colored pecils designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. These pencils have an extra-thick lead, a triangular shape that aids in proper finger positioning and prevents rolling, and a shorter barrel for easier grasping. The set includes 12 pencils and a jumbo pencil sharpener.
Faber-Castell Oil Pastels are easy grasp oil pastels designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. These pastels are available in sets of 12 or 24 and have a triangular shape for ease in handling. These pastels can be blended and they can be smoothed and thinned with baby oil. COLOR: The set of 12 includes black, brown, cobalt blue, emerald green, light blue, light green, orange, peach, red, white, yellow, and yellow ochre. The set of 24 includes the same colors as th
The Faber-Castell Short Jumbo Crayons are easy grasp crayons designed for use by children with fine motor or grasping disabilities. Available in a set of 15, these crayons offer smooth bright colors and easy color lay down, and they come without a paper wrapper so they can be used to create rubbings.
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a color pencil set with specialized character-forms on the head as a teaching aid for young children with low-vision and/or blindness. Because young children are able to grasp concepts of shapes better than mere words or Braille, creating a pencil for the color red that has an apple shape on the head allows the child to color by association to real-life objects. Each color in the set has a retractable led pencil with a button on its side
The Fine Motor Work Station is designed for a therapist or caregiver and a patient or child to work on fine motor skills through fine motor play. This activity promotes fine motor and coordination skills as children are picking up and placing small objects onto the paper using the pincer grip action.
Fiskars Scissors are general purpose and cast and splint scissors designed for use in casting and splinting. Available for right- or left-handed use, these stainless-steele scissors have plastic handles and leave a smooth edge when used on warm splinting material. DIMENSIONS: The scissors are 8 inches long.
Fiskars Softouch Scissors are general purpose and cast and splint scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Designed for right- or left-handed use, these scissors have oversized cushioned handles that distribute pressure evenly. A gentle spring action opens the blades automatically after every cut. An easy-slide lock secures the blades in the closed position for storage.
Fiskars Spring Action Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by children age 3 and up with fine motor or grasping disabilities. A spring-action handle opens the blade after each cut, helping children learn a proper cutting motion as they use them. These scissors have a unique blade design for safe, high-quality cutting and blunt tips for added safety. Additionally, large handle loops provide comfort and control and accommodate right- and left-handed users. COLOR: Red or blue. WARRAN
The Fiskars Squeeze Punch is a paper punch designed for use by individuals with arthritis or fine motor or grasping disabilities. Ergonomic handles and a specially engineered squeeze motion make these punches two times easier to squeeze than regular hand punches. An open punch head feature lets the user see where he or she is punching to avoid paper waste and to add distinctive style to craft project designs such as embellishments on homemade cards, scrapbook pages, and collages. The punches are
Fiskars Total Control Scissors are child's scissors designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. These scissors feature a three-loop handle design that teaches proper finger positioning to help kids learn how to cut. These scissors feature a safety-edge blade for high-quality cutting with a safer blade angle to help protect fingers. They also have blunt-tip blades for added safety. These scissors accommodate right- or left-handed users. COLOR: Blue, green, or red handles. WARRANY:
Flip top easel has a 45 degree angle with book edge for reading and a reverse 30 degree slant for writing and drawing. Skid resistant base. 18 inches wide by 16 inches high.
The Floppy Foam Brush is an adapted brush designed for use by children and adults with fine motor or grasping disabilities. These brushes are made of pre-cut foam with pre-cut foam bristles. The user can roll up the foam and secure with a rubber band in a size and shape to accommodate his/her needs. The foam can also be wrapped around a piece of cardboard, a cardboard tube, or a frozen juice can to provide a different shape or a firmer grip. When used with water-based paint, the bruses can be ri
The Fold-Away Easel is a bookholder and table top writing desk designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs or who have upper extremity disabilities. The surface of the easel adjusts to 18, 34, or 45 degrees and features a dry-erase writing surface and a pouch for storing papers. The unit has a non-slip foam bottom, folds flat for storage, and is equipped with soft carrying handles. DIMENSIONS: 15.5 x 11.5 inches.
The Foot-Attached Paintbrush/Maker Holder is an easily adjusted foot pointer, made with a threaded metal dowel attached to a thermoplastic “foot cuff”. A paintbrush, marker, or other tool can be attached to the end of the pointer using masking tape. The metal dowel can be easily bent to position the drawing implemented as desired.
The Functional Forms Wheelchair Easel/Lap Tray is designed to provide a lightweight alternative to traditional lap trays for wheelchair users. Features include a built-in 20-degree angle, pencil holder/wrist rest, removable carrying strap, magnetic paper holder, and a hidden zippered pouch. This easel also has a water-resistant vinyl or leather covering. WEIGHT: 1 pound.
The German Sit-on Embroidery Stand is a needlework hoop with stand designed for use by individuals with use of one hand or other upper extremity disabilities. Crafted of varnished natural beech wood, this device has a shaped sitting board attached to a stand with a round beechwood hoop with height and angle adjustment. DIMENSIONS: 11 x 15.25 inches. The hoop is 9 inches in diameter. COLOR: Natural beechwood
The Gingher Spring Action Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears are self opening scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis, or weakness of the hand. Designed to reduce hand strain, the Gingher shears are equipped with a gentle spring action that opens after each cut. Ergonomic bent handles provide a comfortable and easy grip, and a long length design allows for ease in trimming seams. Other features include a sharp blade that cuts multiple layers of fabric with less manual effort. The she
The Glow Dome, model 7501, is a switch operated toy designed for use by children with upper extremity or severe physical or spinal cord injury. Users can color on the dome with one of six brightly-colored glow markers and then activate a connected capability switch (not included) to cause lights to flash, the pictures to glow, and the dome to rotate at adjustable speeds. The set includes six glow markers, two drawing surfaces, and two starter scenes. POWER: Uses 3 double-A batteries. DIMENSION
Good Grips Scissors are lightweight self-opening scissors designed for use with limited joint mobility or hand strength. The scissors are designed for both right- and left-handed use, feature extra-large handles, and the spring-loaded stainless steel blades open automatically. A safety latch keeps the blades closed when not in use. DIMENSIONS: The scissors are nine inches long with 3.25-inch long blades.
The Grandstand Portable Reading Easel is an easel-style bookholder designed for use by individuals with low vision. This portable reading stand is made of durable, waterproof material and is designed to be easy to lift, carry, and lock into position. The unit folds up when not in use. It has an adjustable shelf that can be raised and lowered to accommodate the height of the reader. Clips for holding book pages open are included. COLOR: Available in black (model 1-03204-00) or yellow (model 1-032
The GripperSnapper is a crayon or paintbrush holder designed to enable children with limited grasping ability to color or paint independently. The plastic handles feature a tube-like opening into which the crayon or paintbrush is inserted and two triangular openings which the child's fingers slip into. The user may also wrap his or her hand around the handle. The GripperSnapper & Crayons includes four soy-based crayons and may be used with any standard crayon. The GripperSnapper & Paintb
The Groove Slim Colored Pencils are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabiities. These pencil feature an ergonomic triangular shape with a natural grip zone and offset slide guards that enables the user's fingers to slide into the optimal writing hold. The grooves are offset ergonomically so that all the fingers (index, middle finger, and thumb) rest in the proper position. Made of all natural materials, these pencils contain no rubber or pl
Handhugger Colouring Pencils are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by children or adults with grasping disabilities. These triangular coloring pencils have strong leads with consistent laydown of color. The triangular shape helps the user to hold the pencil. Pencils have a slip-resistant texture and are made from wood flour to prevent splinters. COLORS: Yellow, purple, peach, brown, orange, black, red, pink, green, light green, mid blue, and dark blue.
The Handhugger Writing Pen is an easy grasp pen with a triangular handle designed for use by children or adults with fine motor disabilities or physical grasp difficulties. These triangular writing pens have a chunky, hard-wearing nib that gives slight resistance to the paper for greater control. The triangular shape is comfortable to hold for all age groups including those with physical grasp difficulties as well as very young children. The pen has washable ink and a line width of 0.7 millimete
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide custom adaptation to a head pointer device for an individual with cerebral palsy. While many commercial devices are available, not all are ideal for every individual. A simple, lightweight version can be customized for individual needs. The design is based on a donated headgear from a commercial safety visor. The individual’s aluminum pointer has a standard rubber tip (a smaller version of the type used on crutches), plus an end clamp that holds whichever p
The Household Scissors, model SW52003 and SW5200, are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis, fine motor disabilities, and grasping disabilities. Usable with the right or left hand, these lightweight scissors have precision-made stainless steel blades that can be adjusted to cut in any position with a simple squeezing motion using a whole hand grip. The spring band connecting the handles opens the blades when pressure is released. After prolonged or intensive use, t
I Can Cut! is an activity book for children ages 1 to 5 with upper extremity disabilities to use in order to increase strength and dexterity in their hands and fingers. It can be be used during therapeutic recreation. The book is organized developmentally so children begin with snipping the fringe on a rug to cutting straight lines, curves, circles and cutting around various forms. Once the activity page is complete, the child will have a play item to use again and again including puppets, prop
The Kindertools Toolbox is a gift collection of a set of children's toothbrushes, a nail brush, a child's fork and spoon set, a crayon holder, and a paintbrush holder designed to enable children with limited grasping ability to perform hygiene, feeding, and recreational art activities. The set, packaged in a carrying case, includes a Kindertools Baby's First Toothbrush, a Kindertools Toddler's Toothbrush, a GripperScrubber Nailbrush and bubblegum-scented soap, a Kindertools Safety Spoon and Fork
Knit-One is a knitting Aid designed for use by individuals with use of only one hand. The unit clamps to a table or a suitable chair arm. The user adjusts the top to the desired knitting angle and slides the needle into position for knitting. The device holds the stitches in position on the clamped needle. The yarn can easily be moved along the needle. The kit comes with an instruction booklet (English only), 1 clamp and 3 pairs of handmade steel knitting needles sizes 4, 5 and 6 millimeter. (si
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aid to hold a knitting needle so a person can knit with one hand. Device made of wood fastened together in an L shape with a circular disk, drilled with radii along one side to permit using several sizes of needles. The disk is attached to the upright with a wing nut which can be tightened to hold the needle. The device fastens to a table with a clamp. COMMENTS: Designed and built by John Hill. Further details available from: Technical Aid for the Disa
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold a knitting needle so someone with the use of one hand only can knit; the needle is held in place by the nonfunctioning hand resting on the table. Illustrates a knitting aid made of a wedge cut from a 2 inch in diameter piece of wood, 2 1/2 inches long, with a piece of webbing tacked onto one side as a belt loop, and a hole drilled into the end to hold a needle. The block is held at the waist on a belt, and the needle is positioned on the
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to maintain tension on the yarn for knitting, designed for a bilateral below elbow amputee who knits using prostheses. Device made with two pieces of tin 2 by 2 1/2 inches glued to two pieces of leather the same size, held together with 2 wing nuts and bolts threaded through 3/8 inch pieces of spring. This is welded to a 9 inch 1/4 inch diameter copper pipe, which is held on a table with a 3 inch C clamp. The bolts can be adjusted according to t
The Kroh's Crochet Aid is a crocheting aid designed for use by individuals with multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or neurological or other disabilities which limit upper extremity strength, dexterity, or range of motion. This device consists of a Velcro band that wraps around the user's wrist or hand and can be adjusted for the proper amount of yarn tension. A ring attached to the band has a small slit for the yarn to pass through, keeping the yarn from slipping through the side. A second ring, whi
The Laptop Activity Center is an easel and activity board designed to enable children with a variety of disabilities to engage in play activities while in bed or from a wheelchair or while on the floor in a floor sitter or corner chair. The unit features an easel-style frame with four interchangeable play options: a bead and wire maze; a magnetic board with magnetic letters, a clipboard; and a grid with snap-on building blocks. The birch frame has slots to enable the play surfaces to be easily c
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with severe phyical disabilities to access canvasas of various sizes for painting. Made of square steel tubing, the frame is designed to enable the user to access any part of a large painting from one position. The frame is equipped with a central board on which the painting is mounted with brackets at the bottom to hold the painting and a bracket at the top that adjusts up and down in a slot on the board using a knurled nut. The b
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation to a bench arbor press to allow a skilled leather craftsman to perform operation with one hand and one foot. Leather tooling press modification consisting of an extension of the throat of the press to admit a standard size punch, and a foot pedal linked to the handle of the press with a fine chain. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: For further information contact: E D Smart, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, 423 Seventh Avenue SW, Suite 2, Hick
The Lighted Tweezers are tweezers with magnifying lens and light designed for use by seniors and individuals with low vision. Useful for the home, crafts, needle work, bead work and other hobbies, these tweezers feature perfectly aligned pinchers for handling very small items in low light, a 4X magnifier, an LED light that lasts up to 100,000 hours, an ergonomic handle with an etched metal grip, and a 20-degree angled tip for detailed work. POWER: Uses three G13-A CNB Micro Cell batteries (incl
The Lightweight Self-Opening Scissors, model R601, have large loop handles which provide spring action for self-opening designed to assist individuals with limited manual dexterity or gripping strength. The scissors require only slight pressure for cutting. The scissors feature stainless steel blades and grooved plastic handles, and are available for the right or left hand. DIMENSIONS: 7 inches overall length.
The Long Blade Loop Scissors are loop scissors designed for use by individuals with arthtitis or other disabilities of the hand. These lightweight, self-opening scissors have self-opening tapered, stainless steel blades that are closed by squeezing the handles. A carrying case is included. DIMENSIONS: The scissors are 8 inches long and the blades are 3 1/8 inches long.
Long Strong Crayons are crayons with built-up handles designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities. These long, thick crayons are long-lasting and break-resistant and easy to grasp with a whole-handed palmar grasp. COLOR: Nine colors per box.
Long-Loop Easi-Grip Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities, arthritis or other disabilities of the hand or fingers. Available in right- or left-handed models, these scissors have a continuous loop plastic handle that is operated by squeezing gently with the thumb on top and the fingers through the long loop. For those with very limited movement, the fingers can be placed over the long loop. The stainless steel blades automatically open w
Long-Loop Scissors are designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities, arthritis or other disabilities of the hand or fingers. Available in right- or left-handed models, these scissors have one standard loop handle and one long loop handle, enabling the strength of the whole hand to be utilized for the cutting action. DIMENSIONS: 7 inches long.
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted loom for an individual with Parkinson’s disease to practice weaving. When this individual was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she decided that she would try all the things she ever wanted in life including learning how to weave. She taught herself how to weave, bought increasingly bigger looms, and began making clothing for local medieval reenactors. Her diagnosis creates a lot of stiffness which was causing her pain wh
The Loop Handle Easi-Grip Scissors are loop scissors designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. These scissors enable the user to use the entire hand to close the stainless steel blades and the plastic spring opens the blades automatically when the handles are released. The scissors include a blade protector/hanging holder. The scissors are available with a choice of rounded safety blades, standard pointed blades, or long pointed blades. DIMENSIONS: The rounded safety bl
Loop Scissors are designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. These self-opening scissors feature contoured polypropylene handles connected by a spring band and can be used with the right or left hand. The scissors have rounded tip stainless steel blades. DIMENSIONS: The blades are 2.25 inches long and the scissors are six inces long overall.
Loop Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by people with limited grasping ability. The handles of the scissors are connected by a self-opening spring strap. The user squeezes the loop to cut and releases the loop to open the blades. The scissors are available in regular length with rounded tips, model NC28402, regular length with pointed tips, model NC28403, and long length with pointed tips, model NC28404.
The Lyra Lyrax Giant Wax Crayons are easy grasp crayons designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. The rounded triangular shape and large size of these crayons make them easier to grasp and break-resistant. These crayons are made from high-quality, non-water soluble pigments and genuine beeswax. DIMENSIONS: These crayons are each 14.5 millimeters wide. COLOR: The set of six includes lemon, vermilion, deep cobalt, Hooker's green, raw umber, and black. The set of 12
The MABEF Painting Workstation Easel, model M-30, is an adjustable easel designed for use by individuals with lower extremity or mobility disabilities or spinal cord injury and others who use wheelchairs. The easel can also be used by seated painters. This easel can be adjusted vertically or horizontally, and slanted forward up to 10 degrees. Two side-pivoting supports and a variety of vertical and horizontal drawers provide space for painting supplies and storage. The MABEF Painting Workstation
The Magic Paintbox is a painting activity designed foruse by children with fine motor or other upper extremity disabilities or low vision. This activity replicates finger painting, without the mess. Non-toxic gel is contained in a sealed pouch. Users trace patterns and designs with their fingers on the pouch’s surface and a panel behind the gel pouch lights up when pouch is touched to heighten the visual effect. The unit includes a wood frame with lighted panel, plastic gel pouch, and power supp
Make-A-Plate is a drawing activity designed to allow children to create a permanent record of a favorite water-color marker drawing. A special, round piece of art paper is used to create the drawing; the paper is returned to the company and the drawing is imposed on a dishwasher-safe plastic plate. Each kit includes 5 sheets of paper, 1 instruction sheet, a return mailing label/order form, and a pre-addressed return envelope. DIMENSIONS: Finished plates are 10 inches in diameter.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with cerebral palsy to work on resin models. Because of reduced motor skills and strength in his right hand, the user required a means holding cast resin model pieces in place while he combined or painted them using his stronger hand. A custom stand was created with a heavy steel base containing holes for two vertical steel posts which clamp into place. Each post is equipped with a clamp holder at the top. A number of clamps were p
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a means for an individual with cerebral palsy to work on resin models. Because of reduced motor skills and strength in his right hand, the user required a means holding cast resin model pieces in place while he combined or painted them using his stronger hand. A custom stand was created with a heavy steel base containing holes for two vertical steel posts which clamp into place. Each post is equipped with a horizontal arm with a clamp holder at the end. The
Swirl Art is a painting activity designed for use by children with cognitive and fine motor disabilities. The unit consists of a spinning containter into which a blank card is placed. Activating the attached capability switch (not included) causes the card to spin. Children apply paint Swirl Art is a painting activity designed for use by children with cognitive and fine motor disabilities. The unit consists of a spinning containter into which a blank card is places. As the card spins, children a
The My Little Mozart Musical Bench is a hammer bench featuring musical chimes that can be played with a mallet designed for young individuals with fine motor and neurological or cognitive disabilities to encourage fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, color learning and musical exploration. The child can use the hammer to pound three vibrant spheres through the holes in the bench. Spheres fall and roll down a ramp of musical chimes for a delightful sensory experience. The child can then pull
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with grasping or fine motor disabilities to print his/her name or participate in a sponge painting activity. Attach foam or rubber letters to a Duramitt glove. These gloves are marketed by Playtex, Inc., and come in two styles. One type of Duramitt has a sponge covering on the palm portion of the mitt, and the other style has the tough scrubbing nylon covering on the palm portion. With either mitt it is possible to attach pieces of Velc
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide an opportunity for children who have difficulty with fine motor and upper extremity coordination participate in drawing activities by using a weighted marker holder to select and recap markers.
Paint 'N' Swirl is a painting activity designed for use by children with upper extremity, fine motor, or eye hand coordination disabilities. Blank cards are placed in the unit and, as one child drizzles the included glitter paint, a second child operates the device, causing the cards to spin to create designs. Using a Battery Device Adapter (not included; see separate entry), this device can be used with a single switch.This set includes the spinner unit, glitter paint, and blank cards. POWER: U
Paint Chip Color Matching Activity is a do it yourself (DIY) activity to be done in a special education or preschool classroom by children with autism or with low vision who are learning colors.
The Painting Easel is designed to be wheelchair accessible, portable, and adjustable with very little physical exertion. The easel has a folding wooden frame that supports an adjustable painting board, which runs on two sets of wooden "T" section tracks. The painting board moves up and down by means of a suspended counterweight, and is held in place by a 3-inch peg. PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT: Designed by Alan Vukusic for a wheelchair user with limited arm strength and very small reach. The base of t
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable children with vision disabilities coupled with other disabilities to join in painting activities. This device consists of sponge paint brushes attached to a child’s stretchy glove. The handles are removed from one or more sponge paintbrushes and the openings where the handles had been are expanded to accommodate one or two fingers of the glove. Place a small amount of low-temperature glue in the hole in the sponge. With a hand in the glove, place the
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with use of only one hand to cut paper with scissors. The device enables the paper to be elevated and positioned for cutting and consists of a cylindrical wooden base with a magnet embeded in it and a steel plate lid with a raised handle. The paper is held between the lid and the magnet for cutting and the paper can be maneuvered while in the holder. TITLE: Tried and Tested. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol. 12 no. 1, Autumn 2001: p. 18. PAGES (i
Paper Plate Carnival Masks is a do it yourself craft designed for children with learning and fine motor disabilities to learn about the rainforest and practice fine motor skills.
The Paper Straw Necklace is a do it yourself activity designed for young children with fine motor disabilities to work on fine motor skills.
The Pencil Grips are pen and pencil holders designed for use by individuals with arthritis, fine motor disabilities, grasping disabilities, and other disabilities of the fingers and hand. These contoured, soft rubber grips aid in holding pens, pencils, slim crayons, standard paint brushes, etc. COLOR: Assorted.
The Picasso Series is a set of four cause and effect training program titles designed for use by children with cognitive or severe physical disabilities. Pressing a switch enables the user to draw and then color a picture while teaching switch use. The program enables the child to capture a paint pallette for each picture. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible comnputers or Macintosh computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: A Macintosh running MacOS 10.1 or newer, or a PC running Windows XP or new
The Potter's Wheel Brace is designed to support an individual's upper body while leaning to use a pottery wheel. The device is made of bent aluminum tubing with a foam sleeve wrapped around the top section. Two rubber mounts are attached to the bottom ends. PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT: Designed by Jay Drew for a user with poor upper body support who needed a device to support the stomach when working over a pottery wheel.
The Prang Freart Large Drawing Chalks are drawing chalks designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. Intended for use on paper or sidewalks, this chalk has an over-sized round shape for easier gasping. DIMENSIONS: 4 x 1 inches. COLOR: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, black, white, red orange, yellow green, and red violet.
Prang Large Triangular Colored Pencils are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. These pencils have smooth, highly-blendable 5.5 millimeter cores, making them useful for shading large areas. They have an ergonomic large-size triangular shape for ease of grasping and to prevent rolling. The pencils are pre-sharpened and encased in real wood with a high gloss finish. A sharpener is included with each set.
These Preschool Crayons (no. SC0409) are specially shaped with a large knobbed end so that they are easier to grasp by small children or persons with limited manual dexterity. The crayons are break-resistant and their color won't rub off on skin. These crayons are non-toxic. COLORS: Pink, yellow, green, orange, red, and blue.
The Princeton Children's Brush is an easy grasp paint brushes designed for use by children with fine motor or grasping disabilities. Available with flat or round brush shapes, these brushes can be used with acrylics, oils, and tempera paint. These natural bristle brushes feature large handles that are designed to be easy to grasp.
The Prop-It 9-in-1 Easel is a bookholder and easel designed for use in teaching children with disabilities. The unit comes with nine teaching tools: a big book easel, presentation easel, magnet board, dry erase board, felt board, chalk board, display, big-book storage rack, and an art easel. The unit folds flat for storage and portability. DIMENSIONS (LxW): 18 x 24 inches when folded.
This pair of scissors is designed for those who haven't yet mastered fine motor skills. Users can push down on these scissors and the spring will automatically reopen the scissors once the pressure is released. A tool meant for those requiring assistance with motor planning.
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with limited hand or finger control to hold a pen, pencil, paint brush, or similar item. To make this device, drill a quarter-inch hole into the center of one of the PVC Tees. Assemble the pencil holder by attaching a PVC Tee to each end of the PVC Nipple. The parts may be threaded and will screw together. Thread the thumbscrew into the drilled hole. Place pencil, marker or paintbrush into the Tee and tighten with the thumbscrew until se
Scissors fabricated of stainless steel. Blades framed in contoured handle and operated by gross grasping motion, finger control not required. Positive spring action reopens blades for fast cutting. 4 3/4 inch overall length. Three styles, two with sharp point and one with blunt point. Replacement parts and repair kits available.
The Right Brush is an adapted brush designed for use by individuals with upper extremity or grasping disabilities or arthritis. This brush's handle is ergonomically designed to comfortably fit the hand and is intended to work like an extension of the hand, offering a sturdier grip. This brush can be used in performing delicate tasks or for broad coverage. The brush has fine polyester-nylon bristles, a stainless steel ferrule, and a polypropylene handle with hanging hook. DIMENSIONS: Available in
The Royal & Langnickel Soft Grip Golden Taklon Brush Sets are easy grasp paint brushes designed for use by seniors or individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. Durable Golden Taklon stands up to classroom and personal use and works well with acrylics, watercolor, and tempera. The handles are made of thick acrylic and have a soft rubber grip, making them easy to hold. These brushes are available in several sets. The Beginner Set of 5 contains five short handle brushes
The Sammons Preston Easel is designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. This plastic tabletop easel can be used to support activity boards, puzzle boards, and pegboards to combine perceptual activities with range of motion activities. The support shelf can be placed anywhere on the easel, and the easel angle can be adjusted from 15 to 75 degrees in 10-degree increments to increase or decrease the angle of reach and difficulty of the activity. The easel can be cleaned with
Scan & Paint, model 302, is a cause and effect training program designed for use by children with cognitive, severe physical, or upper extremity disabilities. In this program, between two and ten paint tubes are lined up on the right side of the screen. To the left of the paint tubes is a simple picture which contains a few sections that can be colored in. A pointer points to one of these sections. The student must select one of the paint tubes for coloring in the section that the arrow is p
The School-Rite Galaxy LTRB Activity Template, model 673, is a drawing and spatial orientation activity designed for use by children with eye hand coordination, neurological, or fine motor disabilities. This thick plastic stencil can be used for teaching directionality and training student skills in locating objects. It introduces the concepts of left, right, top and bottom, focusing on physical placement of images within the context of a template. It provides sample shapes for recognition and i
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to provide a means of using a pair of scissors without holding them in the hand, and without the hand being flexed. Describes scissor operator made of plywood, a piece of doweling, a rubber band and various nuts, bolts and screws. The device holds the scissors with the grips in a vertical position; to cut takes a downward motion on the dowel-handle, and the rubber band acts as a spring to open the scissors again. Includes diagrams and photograph
The Self-Opening Nail Scissors, model SW5203, are self-opening nail scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor, grasping or upper extremity disabilities or arthritis. Usable with the right or left hand, these lightweight scissors have precision-made stainless steel blades that can be adjusted to cut in any position with a simple squeezing motion using a whole hand grip. The spring band connecting the handles opens the blades when pressure is released. After prolonged or intensive u
The Sidiki Portable Transparent Writing/Activities Table, model 817103, is a table-top easel and tilt desk designed for use by people who use wheelchairs and in therapy programs. The scratch -resistant plexiglass easel adjusts to five different positions from horizontal to vertical and can also be used as blackboard, vinyl cling "flannelboard," or activity table. The wood-framed easel features four grooves to accommodate an included shatterproof mirror insert for speech activities; a plexiglass
Silver Lead Chubby Brushes are paint brushes with large handles designed for use by cgildren with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. Available with plastic handles and ferrules or with plastic handles and seamless rust-resistant metal ferrules, these brushes have natural bristle hairs. DIMENSIONS: The hairs are approximately 1.5 inches long. COLOR: Hairs are natural and the handles come in 10 assorted colors.
The Silver Lead Easy Grip Brushes are paint brushes with easy grasp brushes designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. These brushes have natural hog bristles and thick plastic handles with a ball-shaped end and plastic ferrules. DIMENSIONS: The handles are six inches long and the bristles are 0.75 inches long. COLOR: The handles are red, yellow, blue, and green. The bristles are natural.
Silver Leas Mop Brushes are paint brushes with easy grasp hadles designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. Similar in appearance to shaving brushes, thes brushes have urn-shaped wooden handles and natural hog bristles. COLOR: The handles come in six colors.
The Sit-on Needlework Frame is a needlework hoop with stand designed for use by individuals with arthritis, upper extremity disabilities, or use of only one hand. This frame holds the project above the lap and directly in front of the user for hands-free stitching. Crafted of American hardwood, this stable, height-adjustable stand comes complete with a 9" x 18" "No-Baste" split rail scroll frame which tilts to allow access to the back of the project for tying off stitches. Easy-turn plastic kno
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Holder enables those with use of one hand to knit or crochet. Knitting needle or crochet hook is inserted into hardwood holder. Holder is held in place on table or other surface with suction feet. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: New York University Bellevue Medical Center Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown: p 272 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3360 PA
The Small Scissors with Rounded Tips, model SW5204, are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities, grasping or upper extremity disabilities or arthritis. Usable with the right or left hand, these lightweight scissors have precision-made stainless steel blades that can be adjusted to cut in any position with a simple squeezing motion using a whole hand grip. The spring band connecting the handles opens the blades when pressure is released. After prolonged
SmartEdPad is a dedicated intervention tool designed for use by school based therapists and special educators working with students in K-12 grades. It is designed to provide intervention and assist in managing therapy and teaching workloads in more efficient and effective ways. SmartEdPad can be used at school, in clinics, or at home. The activities align with common core standard. The SmartEdPad has over 15 categories such as language articulation, phonics, writing, motor skills, AAC, entert
Snip Loop Scissors (no. SZ-275) are self-opening scissors designed for people with limited manual dexterity or coordination problems. Scissor action is achieved by squeezing the handles together with the hands, arms, or other mobile limb. The blades automatically open with a spring action. DIMENSIONS: 5.5-inch overall scissor length.
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping or fine motor disabilities to hold pens, pencils, crayons, or paint brushes. To make these grips, take a 35-millimeter film canisters and cut an "x" in the bottom. The size of the "x" should correspond to the diameter of the writing or drawing implement. Slide the writing or drawing tool through the "x" to create a large gripping surface. The user can hold the tool in a tripod grasp, modified tripod grasp or in a palmar gra
The Songboard and Book Easel, model PVC-SB, is an easel and book holder designed for use by individuals with grasping, upper extremity, ormobility disabilities. This collapsible easel is lightweight and portable. The top part of the easel holds a standard songboard, which is attached to the easel with Velcro. Brackets extend from the middle section of the songboard, providing a place to display a standard-size book or 3-ring binder. In classroom use, this gives the instructor two free hands to a
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping or fine motor disabilities to participate in a sponge painting activity. To make these handles for cut-out sponges to provide a more secure grasp for painting, use a plastic dish scrubber as a knobbed handle. Cut the curled nylon scrubbing surface off the scrubber handle, and hot-glue the cut-out sponge piece on the scrubber base. If the user cannot grasp a knobbed handle, use a grill scrubbing tool or a floor scrubbing too
The Squiggle Wiggle Writer is a battery operated vibrating pen that allows the writer to turn straight lines into a series of loops, circles, or curves, depending on how closely it is held to the writing surface. It is designed for use by children with upper extremity fine motor disabilities. It gives the user tactile stimulation and encourages appropriate grasp.
Squizzers are self-opening scissors with special spring-apart, plastic-coated handles that are joined together by a band. These scissors are easier to control than conventional scissors, and require less manual dexterity and coordination to operate. Blades are short and rounded for safety. DIMENSIONS: 5 inches total length.
The STABILO Woody 3 in 1 Pencils are easy grasp colored pencils designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities. Available in sets of six or ten, these chunky pencils function as colored pencils, watercolors, and wax crayons all in one. The extra-thick lead is as thick as eight standard colored pencils. It resists breakage and provides soft, rich strokes that exhibit high luminosity, high opacity, and high color intensity, even on dark paper. A sharpener is included with
The Stained Glass Coloring Book is designed to capture colorists’ attention with its intricate designs as well as to exercise fingers or to do a fine motor exercise with an occupational therapist. Comes with 50 high resolution stained glass patterns, each printed on its own page and designed for colorists of all ages. Exercises fine motor abilities. Designed patterns are square, round, and rectangular.
The Stay Put Easel, model 1484, is an easel designed for use with individuals with emotional or neurological disabilities. A switch, communicator, toy, or other device is secured to the easel or plate with duolock (extra-strong Velcro) and the easel is clamped to a lap tray or table to prevent the user from throwing the device. OPTIONS: Sets of C-clamps are available separately. DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 13 x 12 x 10.5 inches.
The Study Pal is a bookholder and table top writing desk designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs or who have upper extremity disabilities. This wooden easel has a slanted surface that adjusts to four angles and a lip at the bottom to hold materials in place. The unit folds to book size for storage and transport. DIMENSIONS: 9 x 12 inches.
Susan Bates Luxite 14-Inch Jiffy Knitting Needles are knitting aids designed for use by individuals with arthritis. These extra-thick, brightly-colored single-point needles are made from Luxite plastic, and are lightweight, durable, and warm to the touch. SIZES: US needle sizes 17 (large), 19 (large), 35 (extra large), or 50 (extra large). DIMENSIONS: Needles are 14 inches long. COLOR: Pink (US size 17), blue (US size 19), orange (US size 35), or green (US size 50).
Swirl Art is a painting activity designed for use by children with cognitive and fine motor disabilities. The unit consists of a spinning containter into which a blank card is placed. As the card spins, children apply paint using squeeze bottles to create kaleidoscopic designs. This unit is adapted for use with a single switch (required but not included). Yhe set includes three sqirt bottles of paint and a blank card. POWER: Uses one D battery. DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 11.5 x 9.75 x 2.75 inches. COLO
The Table Top Easel is a bookholder with storage desk designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs or who have upper extremity disabilities. This wooden easel can be used at a 30- or 60-degree angle and features storage space under the slanted surface and an extended lip to prevent materials from sliding off in the 30-degree position. DIMENSIONS: 20 x 14 inches. COLOR: Natural wood varnish finish.
The Table-Top Songboard Easel, model PVC-TE, is an easel designed for use by students with physical disabilities who benefit from upright presentation of learning materials. This collapsible easel is lightweight and portable. The top part of the easel holds a legal file folder-size songboard or game, which may be attached to the easel with Velcro. The easel provides an instructor with two free hands to assist students or manipulate objects or picture cues.
The Textured Paper Collection is tactile graphics paper designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision. The kit contains tactile colored sheets that can be cut out and applied to another surface for such purposes as making tactile items on worksheets, creating area patterns in tactile diagrams, adding texture to adapted storybooks, creating tactile artworks, or labeling household items or books. In addition to paper, vinyl, and Tactile Colours paper in various colors, the kit incl
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY -------DESCRIPTION: A thermoplastic cuff formed to the thigh which has a pointer attached to it. This device allows an individual to point on a communication board, play certain musical instruments, paint, etc.
The Titanium Easy Action Scissors are self opening scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis or limited hand strength. These scissors are made with a spring-action design that opens the blades after each cut, reducing hand strain. To facilitate ease in cutting fabric, the stainless steel blades have a precision-ground edge that stays sharp longer and a titanium coating that is three times harder than steel to provide durability. Other features include an ergonomically sculpted hand
Kids Training Scissors are designed to allow the teacher and student to cut together, enabling the student to learn the feel of cutting and to gain coordination. Each set of blades has 4 finger loops. Available for right or left-handed children, in blunt or sharp styles. (SZ-552 Right/Blunt, SZ-554 Left/Blunt; SZ-553 Right/Sharp.) MATERIALS: Forged steel, nickel-plated with plastic-coated handles. DIMENSIONS: Blade lengths are 4.75 inches for blunt ended scissors, and 5 inches for the sharp ende
The Triangle Crayons are crayons designed for use by young children with fine motor or gross motor disabilities. The crayons are helpful in strengthening the fingers, hands and wrists of children who demonstrate weaknesses in these areas. Use of these type crayons encourage proper writing grasp by reinforcing a tripod grip with the first writing tools a child uses. Each set contains six vibrant colors.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cuff which fastens around the hand and has a tool pocket to facilitate holding a short handled tool. Instructions for constructing a single strap cuff of canvas webbing, a 2 inch metal ring, hook and loop velcro, leather or vinyl scrap and cord or a shoelace. Lists materials needed and possible sources; includes diagram and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Beems, J TITLE: Adaptive Garden Equipment: A Resource Manual for Patients, Families and
The Vision Vu Easel is an adjustable height easel and copy stand designed to hold papers at a computer work station. The easel adjusts in angle and height, and drops below the desktop for keyboard systems. A clip and line guide are included. DIMENSIONS: 14 inches wide. COLOR: Clear (model 14DC), blueberry blue (model 14DC-BB), grape (model 14DC-GR), lime green (model 14DC-LM), strawberry red (model 14DC-ST), or tangerine (model 14DC-TG).
The Wheelchair Tray Easel, Models 31140 and 31141, is a bookholder with lapboard and an easel designed for use by people who use wheelchairs. The adjustable angle easel attaches to any lapboard with a front rim. Model 31140 is made of clear polycarbonate, and Model 31141 is fabricated of Melamine-impregnated fiberboard. Both models have a hinged, adjustable length leg brace for setting the angle of the easel. The easel includes a 1.5-inch front edge or lip. WARRANTY: The manufacturer warrants th
Wikki Stix Alphabet Cards are designed for use by individuals with cognitive, brain, and learning disabilities to fiddle with. Features 26 individual cards plus 36 Wikki Stix create hands-on educational fun. Each letter has directional arrows to help create the proper "stroke" using Wikki Stix and each is precisely sized to fit with the Wikkies. Clean, colorful and uncluttered. No complicated artwork or background designs to detract from the individual letter. Illustrations are small and set apa