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1 LOW TECH TOOLS IN THE CLASSROOM Session Outline Overview of low tech tools in the classroom - PowerPoint Erin Friesen, OTR/L and Candy Meyer, OTR/L April 14, 2014 Make and take activities - PLEASE - drink your water! Sharing todaysmeet.com Contact Us: Follow Pinterest board Low Tech Tools in the Classroom Candy Lockburner Meyer Introduction We will not be covering all functional/ classroom skills/areas (communication) List of our favorites and most familiar with as OT s in the school setting Of course this is not an exhaustive list of tools! Make/take tools and ideas to get you started! Why Low Tech Tools? Readily available consider first May be already in environment (accepted) Repurpose items in environment Use across environments Low cost Little or no training needed for use Used as back up when higher tech items are not available www. 1

2 General Considerations Add textures or dimension Grasping - build up handles Boundaries physical or visual (contrast) Stabilize non slip, weighted, clamps,velcro, magnets, double sided tape Consider plane of material presentation Consider posture/seating/vision/hearing Change responses - verbal or motoric Visual attending (sticky notes, highlighters, overlays, light) Low Tech Tools Motor skills - gross motor Self regulation Motor skills - fine motor Academic - writing, reading, math Technology access Art Recreation and Leisure Daily living skills Gross Motor Activities Motor breaks Exercises (arm circles, shoulder shrugs, palm presses, jumping jacks) Chair and wall push-ups Brain Gym, MeMoves TM, JAMmin Minute Yoga, stretches, deep breathing, calming sequence Fidgets Self Regulation Posture and seating Change positions: standing, kneeling, prone on elbows, vertical plane for writing (slant board) Seating alternatives: chair with arms, rocking chair, chair with wheels, cushions (discs, hunting cushion, camping pillow), weight on lap Visual schedules or task lists First this then Duration maps Fine Motor & Hand Skills Tongs, tweezers, strawberry huller with small manipulatives during games/art During art or painting activities use an eye dropper Spray bottle for cleaning desk top Find treasures hidden in play dough or putty Clothespins, lacing Snap fingers, clapping rhythms Spinning tops, wind up toys, kid size paper punch Stencils Writing tools Pencil grips/holders Built up grip - handles from milk jug/ laundry detergent bottles, foam insulation, foam curler, foam bicycle grips, pool noodle, modeling putty Sensory input - weighted glove 2

3 Low Tech - Writing Mechanics Finger placement on writing tool - visual cues on pencil and/or fingers, rubber band or wikki stix wrap, verbal cues Positioning pencil in fingers - hold a small object (koosh ball, bead, pompom) with ring and little finger Use rubber bands or ponytail holders around wrist and pencil to position correctly Paper Type/Lines Visual input (stickers, highlighting tape) and provide more or less cues for margins, alignment, size, spacing Add white space Color: more/less contrast Lines: try single, double, and mid lines, shaded lines, bold lines, paper strips, colors (paper/lines) Raised lines: wikki stix, glue, trace over lines using ruler and dressmaker s serrated tracing wheel, correction tape, baking rack grid Sentence strips Spacing Finger space, use objects (stickers, popsicle stick, beads, chips, cubes, spoon, wikki stix, spaghetti) Box words Graph paper Small tics on paper Writing guide Skipping lines Vertical surfaces, slantboard, 3-ring binder Stabilize paper: clipboard, whiteboard with chip clip, non-slip surface, magnets Page up paper holder Visual cue with tape guide on desk for positioning of paper Attach pencil to desktop Highlight tape, labels, sticky notes, wikki stix Writing guide/window Stencils Alphabet chart Magnetic letters/tiles Rubber stamps Word wall/book Low Tech - Reading Book access page turner/extender, page fluffer Book stand, slant board Cut spine with plastic comb for book to lay flat Laminate or put pages in plastic sheets Add manipulatives or props Add texture to pages 3

4 Low Tech - Reading Adapt text enlarge, contrast, symbols, pictures Use highlighting, sticky notes, tape flags Visual strategies reading window, mini flashlight, magnifier Reading window or line guides Colored overlays/strips Low Tech - Math Charts, number line (desk or floor) Manipulatives, geoboards Rubber stamps numbers, money, clocks Adapt paper graph paper, visual cues, raised line Highlight computation signs Adapt tools ruler (easy grip, flexible), dice Counting mat or boxes Low Tech - Technology Access Positioning Pointing devices -stylus Vision-font, background/color, glare Auditory output Control Panel-settings Scissors Low Tech - Art Glue and tape (precut) Tap and glue Glue sticks Painting brushes, stamps, rollers Markers/crayons Stamps Stencils Dot art Low Tech Rec & Leisure Board games Materials Vision Card holders Dice/spinners Balls/rackets Handles Balls Weight Puzzles knobs, Velcro Communication symbols Low Tech - Daily Living Eating Non slip materials Built up handles universal cuff, weight Adapted utensils rocker knife, bent spoon Drinking straw, cut out cup, lid, handles Plate guards, sectioned plates, weighted Meal preparation Dressing Clothing fasteners Velcro, zipper pull, button hook, sock aid Shoe tying shoe horn Grooming/hygiene 4

5 Resources Check out the Pinterest Board - Low Tech Tools for the Classroom Lottie Kit Wrap Up Questions 5

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