AT for Infants and Toddlers Videos

Toddler pushing a switch that activates a battery operated toy

Babies in Kansas have a hearing screening within five days of birth. If hearing loss is confirmed, it's important to consider assistive devices like hearing aids and communication options by six months of age. Rhonda Etter, AT Specialist, discusses in-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids for young children along with tips for keeping the behind-the-ear aids in place and how to use ear plugs for use during water activities. Length: 7:36

Many young children with physical disabilities have difficulty maintaining or changing positions. The Tadpole Positioning System (Tumble Forms) is designed for use by infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Rhonda Etter, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology for Kansans demonstrates many of the possible configurations with tips for how to use, clean and store. Length: 6:26

Recreational activities can be accessible to more children with adapted equipment. This video shows a range of adapted recreational equipment including adaptive swing, communication device, life jacket, head float, and switches for toys. Demonstrated by Rhonda Etter, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology for Kansans. Length: 4:52

Two reclining bath chairs for children, The Otter by Wenzelite, and The Blue Wave by Rifton, are demonstrated with tips for comfortable, safe use by Vicki Souter, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Length: 4:00

Young children with visual impairments who are not talking yet can communicate using speech language devices. The Symbol Communicator (Enabling Devices) for children with visual impairments uses tactile or tangible symbols that look like or feel like the thing that they represent and is demonstrated by Rhonda Etter, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Length: 5:26

It's important to help children with disabilities explore their environments and support walking. Walkers and gait trainers can provide the kind of support they need. The Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer is demonstrated by Rhonda Etter, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Length: 11:07

The Step-by-Step with Levels Communicator (AbleNet) is a good option for an emergent communicator or a situation where the person needs only a few messages. It records up to three levels of messages and has the capacity for four minutes of recorded speech. It can be easily linked to activate an electronic toy or other device such as a radio or a blender. The device is described and demonstrated by Cindy Jones, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology for Kansans. Length: 7:31

The Jelly Beamer is an easy-to-use wireless switch with two parts: the transmitter and the receiver. Cindy Jones, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology for Kansans, shows how it operates, its different modes and how it can be used to operate toys and other electronic devices. Length: 3:01

The SuperTalker (AbleNet) is a communication device for very young children or for someone who is an emergent communicator. It can be used as a single message communicator for beginners and progress to accommodate a user who's needs and abilities change.

The device can record 16 minutes of speech, includes 4 grids with 1-8 message displays for personalized overlays, instructions and cables. The device has two toy/appliance jacks and is demonstrated by Cindy Jones, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology for Kansans. Length: 9:30

Many battery-operated toys can be adapted to run with a switch by using a battery interrupter. Toys that are most easily adapted use AA, C or D batteries. How to use the battery interrupter is demonstrated by Rhonda Etter, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology for Kansans. Length: 4:15

Safe travel in a vehicle while sitting in a wheelchair requires a 'transport safe' or 'transport wheelchair'. Look for the 'WC19 Compliant' label. Properly securing a transport safe wheelchair is demonstrated by Vicki Souter, AT Specialist and explained by Rhonda Etter, AT Specialist, Assistive Technology for Kansans. Length: 5:41

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