Monday Tech Tip: "Then & Now" Kids Toys

Uploaded by indataprojectESC on 01.08.2012

>>Wade: Hi, I'm Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.
We're working on a series of videos here called "Assistive Technology: Then
and Now." I've got a collection of old technology that I've collected over the years and I want
to show you guys some things that were the older technology and have kind of given way
to new technology. Today, we're going to play with toys. What I have here are a couple of
devices that that we actually made here at Easter Seals
Crossroads, or modified here at Crossroads, many, many years ago. This is an old Fisher
Price wind up radio kind of toy but it had a small knob
on it that was hard for a kid to use. In this particular situation, the child had Cerebral
Palsy. It was hard for them to get a hold of that little
knob. Basically, one of our therapists at that point, took a piece of wood and made
a bigger, easier to hang onto knob, so that a kid with limited
mobility could get ahold this toy and play with it like that. So, that was one modification.
The next one was an early switch modification. This happened probably
in the early 80s. This is a bicycle musical horn that goes on your regular, old bike.
Normally, you would push this button on the handle bar
of your bike. This was brought in-house so that again, a kid with Cerebral Palsy, could
grab ahold of this switch, stabilize and then use a hand
grip, thumb press or whatever to access it and then make the music play. I guess the
batteries on this must be dead, because it's not doing...Oh!
There it goes!
>>Toy: Music
>>Wade: So, the batteries on dying on that. These are examples of two homemade adaptive
toys that were done here. Today, there are still lots and lots
of toys that are out there. Here, we've got another modified toy. This is a actually pig
that has had a switch interrupter put it in. What happens is, when you do a
switch interrupter, it gives you a jack like this. Then you can hook a switch to it. Instead
of having to wrap my hand around a wood piece of dowel over there and push in a button,
I can hook this switch up and make the pig go. The
real important thing in the development is that this is a fairly generic switch interface.
I've got a box here with, literally dozens, and we even
have hundreds of different kinds of switches, that can it go. I've gone from a series of
toys that are very specific for one kid that only have one interface that will work to
a different toy that I can play with that has lots, and lots and lots of different kinds
of switches that I can hook up and make work. We literally have dozens and dozens of these
kinds of things. So, again, I'm just dragging some things out of our Museum of Assistive
Technology for a little bit of "Assistive Technology: Then and Now." I'm Wade Wingler
and that's your Tech Tip for this week at the INDATA
Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.