A switch allows a client with a physical impairment to engage to accomplish the tasks associated with the client’s chosen activities. In the simplest case, mechanical switches (single-switch interfaces) are controlled with an explicit physical movement. However, the cost of these switches can range from $50 to hundreds of dollars. Clinicians in practice would benefit from learning the components of conventional mechanical switches and the construction of low-budget switches, battery interrupters and switch-adapted toys. Participants will be shown how to build a simple switch from common materials. This webinar includes a reflection on the variety of ways switches can be used to adapt occupations as well as remediate motor impairments.
Presenter: Heather Thomas
After taking part in this webinar, participants will be able to:
Describe how the use of a single switch can allow for independence in occupations requiring the use of electronic devices.
Build a simple switch using inexpensive materials.
Make a battery interrupter using inexpensive materials.
This purchase is for the January 17, 2017, On-Demand Practice Evidence Webinar archive. The archive purchase will be in the format of a web-based link that will be emailed to you separately in the following business days.