The new range of sensory toys we’ve been working on are now ready for viewing on the Dream-Racer website
To make it easy for parents and professionals we’ve listed the toys into three sections called: Sensory Plush Toys, Sensory Musical Toys and Sensory Rattle Toys and we’ve also suggested which toys would be most suitable for children that are blind, visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired.
We will be adding more in the future and adding new sections.
I’m very keen to find exciting toys that feature light, sound and texture to stimulate imagination and curiosity.
We have had an amazing response to the introduction of the “Tolo First Friends” series toys into our catalogue of switch adapted and accessible toys. They are now available in the UK, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy – see our list of distribution partners on the Dream-Racer website for their contact details.
We are now planning to introduce a new series of sensory toys from Tolo and other producers. We will base our choice of toys on the guidelines for good toy selection published by well-respected organisations such as the RNIB.
Our intention is to help parents, carers and professionals select toys suitable for the children in their care. We will be listing sensory toys selected for blind, partially sighted and deaf children.
I’ll be blogging more about sensory toys shortly.
Environmental Control Systems (ECS) are used by many individuals with disabilities to control a wide range of adapted household equipment. Anything from lighting, heating, cooling, media to curtain openers-closers can be controlled by an ECS using either infra-red, similar to those used to turn on your TV, DVD or music system or a wireless radio signal like those that ring your door bell.
ECS control systems typically allow switch users to connect one or more input switches to help them navigate around the menu system or on-screen icons.
Some individuals may now benefit from two new switch-aids developed to help users control their ECS unit. Part 1 of this article covers the ECS-Switch Filter; part 2 will describe the ECS-Sustained Pressure Switch.
The ECS-Switch Filter will be useful to those individuals who find it difficult to make a single switch-press and can’t avoid making a series of multiple, unintended switch-presses caused by a hand or body tremor.
It is specifically designed to block a series of unintended follow-on switch-presses being sent to the ECS. The Switch Filter blocks multiple switch-presses for two seconds after the first intended command signal has been passed to the ECS unit.
To show how the Switch-Filter will help imagine what may happen if the user wanted to use their ECS to turn on a room light. The first switch press would send a signal to the ECS telling it to turn on the light. But, any unintended follow-up switch presses would tell the ECS to turn the light off and then on and possibly off again depending on how many switch-presses the user had accidentally made. In these circumstances control of their household appliances would be an unpredictable and potentially frustrating experience for the user. The ECS-Switch Filter prevents this.
The ECS-Switch Filter is a small box that connects between the users input switch and their ECS unit as shown below:
For more information about the ECS-Switch Filter contact Excitim.
Part 2 of this article will cover the use of the ECS-Sustained Pressure Switch as part of an environmental control system.