Assistive technology (AT) supports can help children with disabilities to not only participate in play but to do so independently. As no two children are alike, the supports they need will be different and will change as they develop. Technology makes it easier for children to move, communicate and interact with materials—to play!
Start with play materials with universal design features. Some children will require specailized equipment. Whatever AT supports are used should be naturally integrated into play activities as a mutual benefit for all.
When you notice a child having some difficulty using a toy it may be time for some simple adaptations. Everyday materials can be used to make a toy easier to use. More about adaptations...
When switches are added to battery-operated toys, they provide a
way to turn toys on and off and allow children
to participate in many games and play activities.
Many allow the smallest action to create
music, lights, and movement.
Computer play also opens up a variety of
unique play experiences for children with
disabilities. Adapted devices (keyboards,
switches, mouse) paired with special software
open doors for many children.