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  1. Cardboard Boxes for Use as Chairs. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cardboard boxes used as a seat and play surface for a young child with poor balance. Describes ways a cardboard box can be used as a chair, playpen, and practice areas for standing and walking. Illustration shows a box big enough for the child to sit in with legs outstretched, and another smaller box on its side inside the first box to provide a play surface. AUTHOR: Finnie, N R TITLE: Handling the Young Cerebral Palsied Child at Home REF: New York...[More Information]

  2. Case Report: The Development of a Feeding Harness for an ALS Patient. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding harness which acts as a pulley, allowing a person with strong elbow extensors but weak flexors to bring a hand to the mouth for self-feeding. Harness made of a thermoplastic form for each shoulder, tubing across the back of the neck, wrist cuffs, and cotton or nylon cord threaded through the tubing to connect the cuffs and allow one arm to pull up the other for feeding. Developed for a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( ALS). COMM...[More Information]

  3. Cast Boot. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cloth boot to wear over a below knee cast to keep the exposed part of the foot and leg warm. Pattern for a warm cloth (pile or other warm fabric) boot to wear over a short cast. Calls for 1/2 yard of material and a 16 inch zipper. Includes instructions and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 228-229 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R...[More Information]

  4. Caterpillar Tree. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Child threads " caterpillars" through holes in a tree as a means to develop manual dexterity. Describes toy made of plywood, 12 by 18 inches, cut into the shape of a tree and painted. Holes of various sizes are drilled through it. The caterpillars are made with pieces of dowel to fit through the holes, and drilled in one end so brightly colored shoelaces can be glued in. Includes drawings and photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: McConk...[More Information]

  5. Chair for the Child with Hypertonic CNS Dysfunction. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Chair with a cylindrically shaped seat for the child to straddle, in order to promote balance and encourage adduction and external rotation of the hip, hip and knee flexion and ankle dorsiflection. Describes child's chair made with a length of 10 inch sewer pipe on a base high enough that the child's feet rest flat on the floor. The base and backrest are made of wood. Seat and back are padded, and velcro straps may be added as thigh supports. Inclu...[More Information]

  6. Cheek Switch. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sensitive switch that can be activated by slight head movement when mounted or held near child's cheek or chin to operate tape recorder, light, or battery toy. Device is constructed of subminiature SPDT lever switch, earphone with subminiature size plug, large bobby pin, cardboard, glue, tape, and rosin core solder. SKILLS REQUIRED: Soldering. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: Homemade Battery Powered Toys and Educational Devices for Severely Handicappe...[More Information]

  7. Clay Hammers. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy hammer can be used by child as part of an exercise routine to strengthen upper extremities. Using a saw, cut a pattern into a 1 1/4 by 1 1/4 by 2 3/8 inch piece of softwood that will serve as the hammer head. Drill a hole into the hammer head and glue a 1/2 inch by 8 inch dowel into it. The child can use this toy to strike clay. The pattern on the hammer head will leave indentations on the clay, hopefully extending the child's interest in the a...[More Information]

  8. Climbing Frame. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stand alone ladder-like frame for exercise. List of materials and instructions for constructing a climbing frame of plywood (3 pieces, each 18 by 22 inches) and 5 dowels, 1 inch diameter and 17 3/4 inches long. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: This equipment should be used only under the guidance of a therapist. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 86...[More Information]

  9. Clock. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Play clock with moveable hands to help a child learn to tell time. Describes how to build a plywood "clock" on a stand to hold it upright, with hands that can be moved by the child and by family members in teaching the child to tell time. Includes list of materials needed and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 130-131. Also available f...[More Information]

  10. Cloth Lap Tray. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Overcomes the difficulty of a person in a wheelchair to balance objects on the lap. Cloth tray with stiffened edges can be constructed to provide a flat surface on which to place articles. Stiffened edge serves to prevent things from slipping off the tray. Made of 1 and 1/8 yards of fabric or 1/2 yard each of two contrasting fabrics, velcro, and 1 and 1/8 yard rubber tubing or garden hose. COMMENTS: Simple pattern and instructions for construction ...[More Information]

  11. Color Matching. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Intended to facilitate color differentiation and matching. Toy made from a piece of plywood about 3 by 10 inches, 6 plywood squares, 1 1/2 inches square, and paint manufacturers' sample color cards - 2 cards each of 6 colors. One set of color samples is glued down one side of the board, the other on the blocks, which can then be placed on the board next to the same color. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for ...[More Information]

  12. Combination Sink and Shower Unit. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To make an accessible bathroom facility for a quadriplegic in an affordable manner with a simple efficient low cost facility which combines the sink and shower in a single unit. Cabinet is made of lightweight sink and drainage system that can easily be removed to free the entire shower area for bathing. Shower is accessible on a roll-in track. Rolling pulley lift is fitted to a 10 foot 4 inches wide steel I beam that attaches to ceiling. SKILLS REQ...[More Information]

  13. Communication Aid for Use With One's Foot. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shoe attachment with pointer to use with a keyboard for communication. Device developed for a paralyzed person with the use of one foot. It consists of a plexiglass form shaped like the sole of a shoe with a 3 inch tongue through which a rubber tipped pointer is inserted. The device is held on the foot with a strap around the heel. With the user's heel rested the ground, the pointer is used to access a keyboard. COMMENTS: Developed at Rehabilitatio...[More Information]

  14. Communication Wheel. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Easy to manipulate communication device for a nonverbal person with a limited vocabulary. Communication wheel made of two 12 inch circles of plywood or masonite and a piece of 1/2 inch dowel. The top circle has a dowel handle on the edge, and a 3 to 4 inch hole cut out half way between the center and the edge. Symbols can be pasted on interchangeable cardboard circles, which go between the wood circles. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworkin...[More Information]

  15. Communicator. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Scanning communicator allows a nonverbal person to convey standard (fixed format) responses associated with a particular job, task or environment. Describes a communicator consisting of 2 DL 747 seven segment displays, one for the user, the other for the recipient of the message. Messages consist of 2 digit numbers that represent words or phrases. There is sound alert so the user can indicate the desire to convey a message. The single pole, double ...[More Information]

  16. Computer Interface For Optical Headpointer. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Optical headpointer and photodetector circuit designed to be immune to false triggering. Describes a photodetector circuit tuned to respond only to light pulsed at 90 Hertz (from a headpointer beam), ignoring shifts in ambient light level and room lighting. Circuit output feeds directly into a computer. Includes circuit diagrams for a lamp driver and a photodetector. COMMENTS: For further information contact: G L Heseltine, Science Unlimited Resear...[More Information]

  17. Concealable Helmet for Seizure-Prone Individuals. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cosmetically acceptable helmet which can be worn under a cap, wig, or other inconspicuous headwear by individuals who are seizure-prone. Describes development and fabrication of a lightweight, well fitting, well ventilated, easy to clean and cosmetically acceptable (inconspicuous) helmet for persons who are prone to have seizures or to fall. Discusses tests of materials, and vacuum-form construction of the helmet on a plaster cast of the client's h...[More Information]

  18. Converting a Knee Supporter into an Effective Shoulder Support Device. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Shoulder support adapted from an elastic knee support, devised to support an injured shoulder without incapacitating the arm. Tubular elastic knee support with a V cut out leaving about a 2 inch circumferential remnant which fits around the upper arm. Cotton webbing and a strap long enough to fasten around the chest are sewn along the top edge of the support. Another foam pad under the opposite arm can be used to hold the strap lower on the chest. ...[More Information]

  19. Cookie Sheet Switch. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pressure switch made of cookie sheets which can be used to activate a tape player, battery toy or light. Switch made of 2 aluminum or steel cookie sheets ( or pizza pans), a subminiature size plug, 4 feet of 2 conductor 22 gauge stranded wire, and foam insulation tape. Includes instructions, diagrams and a photograph. Suggests uses. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. Soldering. Assembly. AUTHOR: Burkhart, L J TITLE: More Homemade Battery Devices for Sev...[More Information]

  20. Copy Camera Platform. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Solid, adjustable base for a copy camera eliminating the need for a tripod. Aluminum camera base adapted to slide on the support rails of a view camera copy stand, using a focusing rack from an 8x10 inch view camera to provide horizontal left to right movement and a center elevator to provide vertical movement. COMMENTS: For further information contact the developer: Donald J Winge, 110 Cherry ##110, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201. SKILLS REQUIRED...[More Information]

  21. Copy Machine Savin 880L ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to allow touch sensitive switches, which cannot be felt, to be usable by blind persons. A pattern of the switches, using a brailling system on a transparent overlay, is made. This allows a blind person to feel the switch locations and does not interfere with operation by a sighted person. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tindall, L W TITLE: Tools, Equipment and Machinery Adapted for the Vocational Education and Employment of ...[More Information]

  22. Corner Chair and Table. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Corner chair with pommel and optional table made to give extra support and to keep a child from leaning backward. Instructions for building a chair (of chipboard or plywood) with a right-angled back and a pommel, made to fit the child. Can be built without a base. The optional table is built in the shape of half a donut to provide further support. Includes diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide...[More Information]

  23. Counterbalanced Swivel Fork. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fork and tray ensemble designed to enable a person with minimal upper extremity function to eat independently. Describes a plywood tray, with suction cups on the bottom to prevent slipping, which holds a scoop dish attached with velcro and a cutout circle for a glass; a fork with an extension allows it to swivel. The fork is fastened to the dish with a chain of rubber bands which acts to keep the fork parallel to the plate when it is in the plate a...[More Information]

  24. Countersink Holding Device. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Drill press guide is designed to achieve accurate control of the countersinking process for those with limited hand function. To construct the fixture, a small cradle is welded to a piece of steel tubing with a U shaped strip welded to the opposite end. A clamp holds the countersink in the cradle. The U shaped strap guides the drill press without interfering with its normal action. Includes illustration. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Aikens, T;...[More Information]

  25. Counting No 2. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device intended to help a child learn to count and to aid dexterity by moving beads along a wire or moving them from one pin to another. Plywood base with a wire along the back on which 10 wooden beads, 1/2 inch in diameter, are strung, allowing space to move the beads; 11 nails are driven through it from the bottom (and rounded off for safety) near the front edge on which beads can be placed. Includes diagram and suggestions for use. SKILLS REQUIR...[More Information]

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