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  1. SPIRAL FINGER PICK. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons who do not have good pincer grasp or who need the finger supported while strumming. Pick is attached to a spiral of orthoplast that is formed on the desired finger. Can be used with contracted fingers, and can be turned so its strumming end is wither on the dorsal, ventral or lateral surface of the finger. Can also be used on a toe or with mouth sticks. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TIT...[More Information]

  2. SPONGE PAINTING HANDLES ---"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 ...[More Information]

  3. SPOOL ROLL. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides prone positioning to prevent hyperextension and internal rotation of the upper extremities of child in prone position. Using a spool that comes with rolls of chain or rope, cut a bottom edge from each disk on the ends of the spool so the spool will no longer roll. Place the flat edges on the floor and pad the center of the roll with a towel and place child prone over the center roll with the extremities forward. a small pillow may be place...[More Information]

  4. STABILIZATION OF A BOX OR BAG USED IN PACKING --- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: Box and bag holders are used to stabilize containers to facilitate filling them, for persons with use of one hand only. Describes an upright bag holder, a tilted box holder and an upright box holder intended to anchor the containers so they can be filled by persons with use of one hand. The frames are made of wood, one with a lucite flap, and can be made stable with a clamp, foam or rubber on the bottom, or can be bolted down. Variations used to accomodate...[More Information]

  5. STABILIZED REGULAR OR LOOP HOUSEHOLD SCISSORS ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY -------DESRIPTION: Household loop scissors (that include finger holes in addition to the loop handle) or regular household scissors mounted onto a wooden base. PURPOSE: To enable students who have severe motor limitations to participate in cutting tasks. Following are some of the ways in which stabilized loop scissors have been used: The student presses the scissors with the dominant hand while an adult turns the paper. The student presses the scissors with ...[More Information]

  6. STANDING BELT. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Stand belt helps individuals lacking functional standing balance. The standing belt is made from a leather weight-lifting belt to which is riveted a boat- trailer strap (both items are available in major sporting goods stores). The trailer strap has a buckle to adjust the length. It is attached to the belt at the center with four or five rivets. most trailer straps have S-hooks at one or both ends. These are replaced with snap hooks for easy attach...[More Information]

  7. STANDING FRAME Picture of STANDING FRAME --- DO IT YOURSELF --- PURPOSE: To provide a low-cost standing frame for a woman with mobility disabilities. Just above the feet of each leg of a discarded, but usable, walker with no wheels, drill one hole, front to back. Pass a long bolt through the resulting holes on each leg. Place the walker on a piece of plywood, slightly wider than the walker, and approximately 18 inches deeper. Place the front of the walker two inches from one end of the plywood. Use a pipe straps to attach each bolt to ...[More Information]

  8. STRAPPED PICK. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Pick for persons with minimal or no pincer grasp, or no functional thumb prehension. Standard felt or plastic pick can be fixed to the end of a finger with a velcro strap. On ventral surface of finger standard strumming patterns can be used. Can also be attached to the dorsal surface of the finger to strum in the supine position. Can be used with a toe. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Clark, C; Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Ad...[More Information]

  9. STROKE REHAB EXERCISER Picture of STROKE REHAB EXERCISER ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals undergoing stroke rehabilitation of the arms to exercise independently. This modified chair has two 5/8-inch steel "runners" firmly attached on either side with both vertical and horizontal sponge padded steel slider tubes that allow for consistent, controlled exercise of both the left and right arm, as required. Another chair on either side allows for multiple users. TITLE: The Stroke Rehab Exerciser. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at ht...[More Information]

  10. STROLLER INSERT. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A solid seat insert for the over-sized strollers with fabric seats. A wooden solid seat and back are built to rest on the metal rails of the stroller. It's covered with foam and an abductor block is attached to the front of the seat. The back can be flat or have angled side as scapular bars. Trunk supports and side blocks can be added if needed. Cover with vinyl. Includes pictures and drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Adrienne Bergen T...[More Information]

  11. STUDY PLANNER ---DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To assist students with cognitive or learning disabilities to plan for tests and homework requirements. Each student fills out a daily planner for each hour of the school day. For each class, students write what was done in the class and what homework was assigned. Stdents also make notations as to when assignments are due and when tests are scheduled. Planners are signed by parents on Friday. MATERIALS: Student class planner. AUTHOR: Wendt, S. TITLE: Assisti...[More Information]

  12. STYLUS FOR CHILDREN ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To create a stylus with common household materials for children with limited fine motor control to access touch tablets. Instructions provided for making a stylus at AUTHOR: Miriam aRearrangedLife....[More Information]

  13. SUGRU DIY ACCESSIBILITY SWITCH ------- "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. PURPOSE: To offer students who have some control of hip movements (but very poor or absent head, arm, or hand control) a method for interacting with the objects in their environment. MATERIALS USED: 1 x Tattoo Foot pedal, 1 x 5 gram SUGRU rubber co...[More Information]

  14. SUPERMARKET BINGO --- DO IT YOURSELF --- PURPOSE: To teach supermarket recognition and mobility to students who are blind or who have low vision. Following foundational lessons in store layout and product identification, students should be familiarized with the primary parts of a specific local store, as well as locations related to those parts. The focus should then be on specific sections with the understanding that most products found within a section are related to each other. When these concepts are in place...[More Information]

  15. SUPPORT FOR DROOPING HEAD. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: A pulley device to assist holding head erect for persons with degenerative disease of the central nervous system. A three foot wooden ski tip has a slot cut in the tip and a stationary pulley is mounted on the back of the ski. The ski is installed vertically in the middle of the back of the wheelchair by use of U-shaped metal clamps which fasten the ski to the back upholstery of the chair. a smaller pulley is attached at midline about 6 inches belo...[More Information]

  16. SUSPENSION STAND. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adjustable stand for holding instruments. The suspension stand is a wooden stand on a wheeled base. The mast of the stand is perpendicular to the base and can be adjusted 3 to 5 feet. Perpendicular to the mast is a 2 foot arm with a hook from which small instruments can be suspended. The stand can be used with people in beds, wheelchair or on the floor. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR:Clark C. and Chadwick, D. TITLE: Clinically Adapted Instrum...[More Information]

  17. SWIMMING NOODLE PIECES TO PREVENT INJURY -------- “DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a light weight, easy to carry foam noodle pieces to protect a child with myoclonic jerks from injuring his- or herself during shopping trips. Using a swimming pool noodle; cut the noodle into sections which can cover the metal areas of the shopping cart. These pieces are easy to construct, light weight, and easy to carry while protecting the child from injuring themselves in the shopping cart. MATERIALS: Swimming pool noodle. TOOLS: Cu...[More Information]

  18. SWING DOWN CLOTHES RACK. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Hinged clothes rack provides full access to upper clothes rack for persons in wheelchair, or those of short stature. Closet is divided into two levels, with an accessible height lower rod. the upper rod is hinged by attachments to the walls. It swings down by grabbing a vertical bar which then becomes a standing support when the closet rod is in a horizontal position. This type of hardware is sold by companies specializing in closets and storage, a...[More Information]

  19. SWINGBOARD -------- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To provide a do-it-yourself device allowing for vestibular activity for a child with mobility disabilities that is also safe, partially self-sustaining, and easily moved. The swing board is a plywood base with 6 inch tall holding boards. The holding boards prevent the child from rolling off the side of the swing board. The child can lay prone or supine on the board while a caretaker pushes him or her to create the vestibular stimulation of swingin...[More Information]

  20. SWITCH ADAPTED GIGGLE PIG ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To make a toy accessible by adding a switch for children with limited fine and gross motor development. PREPPARATION Step 1: For this Instructable you will need the following: 1. Drill with 1/4 inch or drill bit. 2. Glue Gun. 3 Soldering iron and solder. 3. Wire strippers and two pieces of small gauge wire. 4 Jelly bean Switch or similar to test your work. 5. Small electronics sized Philips screw driver. 6. Giggle pig, cow, do...[More Information]

  21. SWITCH ADAPTED MOUSE Picture of SWITCH ADAPTED MOUSE ---"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with upper extremity or severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury to use a computer mouse. To adapt a mouse, disassemble the mouse. (Caution: disconnect the mouse from the computer before attempting any modifications. Electric shock can occur otherwise.) Using a screw driver, locate and remove the fastening screws on the mouse. (These are usually located on the underside of the mouse and may be hidden). Some mice require add...[More Information]

  22. Safe Bath Plug. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plastic tube used as a bathtub plug to keep water from getting too deep. A piece of semi rigid plastic tubing about 6 inches long, small enough to fit in the plug hole of a bathtub, is wound with plastic insulation tape to make it a good push fit. This can be pushed out with the toe, or a cord or chain can be attached to the top to allow it to be pulled out. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Elderly People RE...[More Information]

  23. Sand Tray. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Box to hold damp sand for a child to play in. Sturdy box made of solid timber or exterior grade plywood fastened with nails and waterproof glue, with 2 battens on the bottom to allow the box to be more easily picked up. Box dimensions are 12 by 13 inches, and 6 inches deep. Should be painted inside and out. Place on a piece of plastic to protect the floor. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Toys for Your Handicapped...[More Information]

  24. Sandwich Feeder. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sandwich holder to enable a person with no hand use to eat independently. Thermoplastic sandwich holder, developed for a person with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which allows the person to take a row of bites then slide the sandwich forward with the chin to continue. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact Dr Roy Norris, Rehabilitation Engineering Center, 2021 North Old Manor, Wichita, Kansas 67208. REC funded by NIHR grant G...[More Information]

  25. Scanning Blackboard. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Scanning blackboard allows students with limited or no communication skills to participate in classroom activities. A 4 foot square board is constructed to handle responses from 4 students. The upper portion of the board contains 4 sets of 4 lights. The student's names are written in this area. The remainder of the board is divided into 12 equal areas in which desired responses to various questions are written. A response switch tailored to each ch...[More Information]

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