Our goal is to modify toys to perform a difficult task, and make it easily operate from an easy accessible button or switch adapted to the children’s needs.
The problem that our client is facing is some students in her class have movement or sensory issues and have difficulties performing difficult actions required to play with some toys. The children require a solution that consists of making switch adapted toys so they would be able to play with the same toys as all of the other children. Providing this “button” would supply the children that have these difficulties ways to be able to play and even learn sensory triggers and help development with their sensories.
Our client wants us to convert regular toys that require a user input, into a switch adapted toy that has a universal button hookup so some of the children with movement issues will be able to play just as all the other kids are. We decided to do that, while incorporating a different style button if necessary. They supplied toys that were previously switch adapted but currently aren’t working due to faulty battery connections or battery interrupter connections.
We have identified that switch adaptive toys exist and are able to buy, but are very expensive compared to other toys, and aren’t reliably built. With this, we are able to purchase things like buttons and adaptive hookups that make it easier to purchase and convert rather than buying an adapted toy. With researching, we found that there aren’t many different options with ways to make the toys switch adaptable. So, we decided that making a different style “button” would be more customizable.