Assignment 2: DIY Culture

Braille Letters 

Braille Letters make objects accessible to students with visual impairments. Finding items that are accessible to those with visual impairments can be costly and time consuming to find and receive. Using gems to create braille letters can make card games accessible to those with visual impairments and are a great idea to label your classroom.

Pool Noodle Card Holders

Students with difficulty with motor skills or with small hands may be unable to participate in card games or have difficulty holding the cards. These pool noodle card holders make it easy to participate in card games. Making classroom games accessible, inclusive and fun.

Arm Glider

The arm glider is a great tool to help individuals with limited upper extremity mobility write and perform other motor tasks.

Sensory Bottle

This bottle is a great tool to calm individuals in a multitude of situations. This can be used as a sensory tool for those who have anxiety, need sensory stimulation or as a behavior tool. It can occupy students’ attention and minds, and as the glitter in bottle settles so do they.

IPad/Book Stand

The book or IPad stand can assist a variety of students, including those that have mobility difficulties with their upper extremities or necks. Allowing students to easily follow along on worksheets, books or electronic devices. It is also a quick and inexpensive tool that can be made for a few or all students in the classroom.

Weighed Lap Pad

Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD),Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can experience sensory overload, anxiety, restlessness and stress, which can result in poor attention or meltdowns. They can find it difficult to remain seated long enough to complete tasks, and can exhibit behaviors that are not considered socially acceptable, making it a challenge for them to participate in classroom activities or interact with their peers. Sensory manipulatives, such as sensory bottle or weighed vest, have shown to have calming affects for these students. Allowing them to feel soothed and to re-group.

A weighed lap pad would be a great alternative sensory manipulative. This pad would fit over the child’s lap, providing pressure and helping them calm down. It can be made from fabrics that are the most soothing for to child, sewn together in pleats and then filled with rice and polystyrene beads (what bean bags are filled with). The rice and beads create enough weight to put pressure on their body and sooth the child. Since it can be made of various fabrics and is filled with both beans and polystyrene beads, the lap pad also operate as tactile object the student can run their hands across or play with when they need an additional outlet. The lap pad would also be discreet and not create a disturbance to the rest of the class since it simply lays on the child’s lap under the desk.

The Weighed Lap Pad would be made similar to the pad in the picture below, with the exception of its length, width and fabric. These would vary depending on the child’s size and preferences.

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