Adaptations

Assistive technology interventions for young children often include easy, inexpensive adaptations to the environment and materials. Adaptations mean making simple changes to existing items (e.g., toys, books, and spoons), are usually “low tech” in nature and often created by parents, teachers, and therapists. For example, the handle of a paint brush or marker can be enlarged by placing it in a foam hair roller or tennis ball to help a child who may have difficulty grasping or holding onto small, slender objects. Other examples of adaptations include placing a towel roll in a high chair to help a child sit upright, propping a book on an easel for easier page turning, or stabilizing a toy using Velcro or magnets.

Video 5.6: Using an adapted tricycle

An adult adapts a tricycle with a belt and foot pedals to help a child participate in riding bikes with other children on the playground and also to help with physical delays (running time 3 min. 18 sec.).