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  1. Sit Time Monitor: A Device for Measuring Wheelchair Sitting Time. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: The Sit Time Monitor is used to obtain objective, quantitative information on the number of hours a patient sits in a wheelchair. Describes device made of a pressure-sensitive ribbon switch pad placed under the wheelchair cushion, a digital electronic timer attached to the back of the chair, and a two part cable that joins them. Lists materials needed. Includes photographs. COMMENTS: Study supported in part by NIHR grant 23-578886. Authors affiliat...[More Information]

  2. Size Selection No 1: Caterpillars. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy with several sizes of blocks and dowels to help a child develop a sense of sizes. Describes a toy consisting of 3 wooden blocks (approximately 1 1/4 inches high and wide by 5, 8 and 11 inches long) with holes drilled near the ends of each, dowels (2 each approximately 2, 3 and 4 inches long) and a base, about 3 by 11 inches. The holes through each block correspond with holes drilled into the base so each block can be held on the base with dowel...[More Information]

  3. Size Selection No 2: Flowers. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Toy intended to help teach a child the concept of size. Describes toy made with a 3 by 5 inch softwood base, 3 pieces of 3/4 inch dowel, 1 inch long, and 3 plywood (1/2 inch) flower shapes, 2, 1 1/2 and 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Three holes are drilled in the base and the dowel glued in them. The child then tries to put the flowers on the dowels in order of size. Includes list of materials, instructions and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. A...[More Information]

  4. Skater Sled for Retarded Persons. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Support with ice runners to help mentally retarded students with poor balance learn to ice skate. Skater sled made of a walker with an auxiliary seat, movable arm support and ice runners. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Welding. AUTHOR: Capecchi, J TITLE: Skater Sled for Retarded Persons JOURNAL: Physical Therapy REF: Vol 58 no 2, Feb 1978: p 181 PAGES ( including cover): 2 1978....[More Information]

  5. Skittles. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Game of skill requiring eye-hand coordination. Materials include a plywood base 10 by 10 inches with a wooden dowel 1/2 inch by 12 inches fastened in the middle; a piece of string is fastened to the top of the dowel and tied around a weight such as a walnut. Ten skittles - pieces of 1 inch dowel or broom handle 3 inches high - are arranged in a wide circle around the post. The object is to drop the weight so the string wraps around the pole then th...[More Information]

  6. Sleek Seat. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Positioning seat to hold a child's legs in a flexed position, bring the shoulders into protraction and allow the hands to come together midline. Chair made from a large cardboard or PVC tube cut into the shape of a chair with edges padded with foam tubing, and a hole cut out of the area behind the head. The seat is a velcro-attached cotton sling, adjustable in depth, suspended in the tube. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Plastics. Sewing. Assem...[More Information]

  7. Slide Projector Switch. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Kodak Carousel projectors have a remote control switch that can be modified for use with severely disabled persons. Switch can be activated be a cheek, chin, or other body part to change pictures on a screen that is positioned within visual range. Device is made from Kodak Carousel projector with remote control switch, round lid from a plastic food container 4 to 5 inches in diameter and a sturdy piece of string. COMMENTS: This projector is not bat...[More Information]

  8. Slip with Front Zipper. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Zip-front slip for easier dressing. A lightweight nylon or polyester zipper, about 16 inches in length, sewn into the front of a slip. Includes photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Kernaleguen, A TITLE: Clothing Designs for the Handicapped REF: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press: p 136 NARIC CALL NUMBER: RO866 PAGES (including cover): 2 1978....[More Information]

  9. Small Holder for Knitting Needle. ------- "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: R336...[More Information]

  10. Small Parts Counting Aids. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to help count small metal items for packaging; useful to persons who have trouble counting exactly and for persons who have difficulty manipulating small objects. Describes two part device: a holder and a magnetized lifter. The holder is a block of wood drilled with holes sized to hold one object each. The objects are brushed across the board until the holes are full; then the extras are brushed off. The lifter has magnetized pegs which corr...[More Information]

  11. Some Tips From a Disabled Driver. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Simple devices and suggestions for locking and unlocking the passenger door from the driver's seat, holding doors open, putting things in the trunk, and supporting the right arm while driving. Suggests using a length of wood with a notch in the end for locking the opposite door, another stick to prop open the trunk door, a cane to pull things from the rear of the trunk, and padding a small wooden box with foam to rest the right arm on. AUTHOR: Lunt...[More Information]

  12. Special School Teachers, Pupils Hail Quadricycle. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Two bicycles fastened together, to make it possible for disabled children to learn to ride. Describes a quadricycle made by fastening two standard bicycles together with three metal bars, providing a cross connection mechanism to ensure the front wheels turn in unison. Other adaptations include wider than avarage seats, the addition of rollerskate baseplates to the pedals to hold the riders feet on the pedals, and fitting the learner's side with a ...[More Information]

  13. Special Trim Tool: Aircraft Window Seals ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to hold a cutting tool to enable a disabled worker to hold the tool in the proper position to trim a molded plastic fitting. Diagrams of a machined aluminum block-shaped tool to hold a commercially available trim blade. COMMENTS: Developed under NIHR grant G008005053 to the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas Rehabilitation Engineering Center. For further information contact: Leonard Anderson, Rehabilitation Engineering Center (abov...[More Information]

  14. Spindle Drilling Fixture. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fixture is modified to allow person with use of one hand, and limited reach and stamina to operate a drill press. Fixture is designed with spindle positioned at 45 degree angle to work surface. Spindle is supported by V blocks and an adjustable end stop. A lever clamp holds the spindle in the V blocks. A pneumatically driven power feed drill is used to perform drilling operation. Includes diagram. COMMENTS: For further information contact Cerebral ...[More Information]

  15. Split Spirals. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Spirals used as multi- purpose holders. Demonstrates some of the uses of spirals cut from flexible pipe: holding multiple strands of yarn or rope, fastened to a piece of plastic to hold a pencil, toothbrush or lipstick for someone with limited hand use, or fastened to a wall or workbench to keep tools in place. Includes instructions and drawings. AUTHOR: Grainger, S E TITLE: Making Aids for Disabled Living REF: North Pomfret, Vermont: Batsford: p 3...[More Information]

  16. Spoon Plate: A Self-Feeding Device. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plate with a spoon-deep depression around the edge, which, when mounted at mouth level allows a person with little or no arm function to feed independently. Describes a plate made of Kydex, about 10 inches in diameter, with a spoon-deep groove around its edge from which a person can take food. The plate is divided into four sections, and can be rotated to allow choice of foods. Provides instructions for fabrication, and criteria for use including o...[More Information]

  17. Spray Can Aid. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device that allows a spray can to be operated by a pushing motion of the hand. Device made of a wire loop bent into a U attached to a metal strip using a smaller metal strip bent in half and pop rivets. The wire is fastened to the can with a size 40 hose clamp. The metal strip is bent to go over the top of the nozzle of the can then down, so that pressure on it forces the nozzle down. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Independence Factory TITLE: M...[More Information]

  18. Spray Can Extension Aids. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Devices to allow persons with weak hands to use spray cans. Diagrams and photographs of simple devices made of 1/16 inch hard aluminum to make it easier to operate two types of spray cans. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: Bhatia, L; Hoover, G TITLE: Spray Can Extension Aids JOURNAL: Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy REF: Vol 48 no 2, Apr 1981: p 90 PAGES ( including cover): 2 1981....[More Information]

  19. Spring Board. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Spring board to help teach a child balance or to play on. Instructions for constructing a spring board with two sheets of plywood, nine springs (6 inches long, 2 inches in diameter and 2 lb/inch compression) nuts and mushroom head bolts with strips of metal to hold the springs, and foam padding with vinyl to cover. Includes list of materials and drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parent...[More Information]

  20. Square Chair. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Chair with sides and a pommel to provide support for a child who cannot sit alone. Instructions for constructing a chair of plywood - 1 back, 1 seat and 2 sides - and a dowel for a pommel. The pommel can be made adjustable by drilling several holes it can fit; it can also be padded, as can the chair. Includes drawings and a list of materials needed. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Hartrick, J TITLE: Equipment to Make: A Guide for Parents with...[More Information]

  21. Stair Climber. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Portable wooden step with handle provides extra support and reduces effort required to climb standard height stairs. Long handle is attached to rectangular wooden base. Handle side of step is 1 3/4 inches in height; other side is 5 1/ 4 inches in height. This difference in height reduces the depth of stair steps. To use, place the aid at the bottom of the stairs. Put the left and then the right foot on the stair climber. Place the left foot on the ...[More Information]

  22. Stairway Trolley, Walker. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Lightweight hand operated trolley, or pulley device which rides on a stair railing to pull a walker or other light objects up stairs. Photographs and diagram of a triangular-shaped aluminum frame with nylon casters to ride on a 1 5/8 inch stair rail, and another caster at the bottom which rides along the wall. Carrier hooks, as for holding a bicycle, are attached to hold the walker. The device is pulled upstairs with a nylon cord passed through a s...[More Information]

  23. Standard Bathboard and Adaptations Ideas Exchange. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Bathboard is designed to fit standard bathtubs that have a 2 inch lip on the side attached to bathroom wall; can be adapted to fit various tub widths and to raise seat height whenever getting on and off low surfaces is difficult; backrest may also be added. Bathboard seat is contructed of fir wood joined by wood screws and finished with clear gloss floor finish; backrest is made of plywood joined by wood screws and staples; velcro strips and fasten...[More Information]

  24. Standard Chair Conversion: 2: Backrest. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: High back provides more support in a classroom chair. Back for a classroom chair made of plywood to fit the width of the chair and torso height of the child. Additional head support and harnesses depend on medical advisor. Includes drawing. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. AUTHOR: Caston, D TITLE: Easy to Make Aids for Your Handicapped Child REF: London, England: Souvenir Press: p 38-39. Also available from Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, NJ. NARIC ...[More Information]

  25. Standing Board. ------- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Standing board provides assistance for children unable to stand without support. Also enables children to practice weight bearing activities and to improve balance and circulation. Plywood standing aid consists of a standing board and footboard attached to form an L shape and sit on a platform base. Support boards, including a hinged catch strip are attached to the back of the standing board. The hinged catch strip allows the standing board to be a...[More Information]

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