Classroom Kits for Special Education
Special education teachers need different types of assistive learning devices for students with disabilities. A teacher can use special educational tools for special needs to help students who have speech impairments, autism, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, visual impairment or cerebral palsy. Here are some details about the type of kits we make at Enabling Devices and the benefits they can offer to your students.
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Types of Adapted Product Classroom Kits for Students with Disabilities
We’ve combined our assistive technology devices for special needs students into a variety of kits. Below we’ve provided more details on some of our best-selling classroom kits to help you choose the right ones for your needs.
Classroom Fidget Kit
Fidgets are toys used for self-regulation in children with special needs. They help kids to:
- Maintain focus
- Relax and stay calm
- Listen actively
Fidgets are designed in various shapes and sizes, and they have different names. For example, tangles, stress balls and pop tubes are fidget toys that aid tactile input and movement.
The fidget kit, also called a relaxing toolbox for special education, was created for children who are restless and have short attention spans. These toys help such children manage their movement and improve their learning. In fact, students tend to improve their performance on scholastic tests when fidgets are introduced.
Cuddly Cousins & Switches Kit
These attractive little toys are designed to help young children learn basic life skills. They come in appealing colors and help kids develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination and problem-solving abilities. Their bright and vibrant colors can capture a child’s attention. The small size of each plush animal also makes it easy for a young toddler to hold.
To improve learning, each cuddly cousin is adapted to activate with a switch, allowing students to learn the important concept of cause and effect. These toys are great for helping kids on the autism spectrum and special needs improve their motor skills. Each kit comes with five toy animals and five different switches to encourage group interaction and accommodate a variety of student needs.
Therapeutic Balls Kit
Use this kit when you need to create a wide variety of fine motor activities for your students. These balls come in multiple sizes and shapes to help kids grasp objects, move their wrists and hands and improve their ability to hold both small and large objects.
Benefits of Using Assistive Technology Kits for Special Education Classrooms
Using assistive technology enables students with physical disabilities, cognitive problems and speech impairments to function and learn effectively in the classroom. These tools complement the teacher’s efforts, and they can be used in various creative ways. Assisted tech offers numerous benefits to students, including:
- Improved memory: With the aid of augmentative communicators, children can learn about various nouns and objects and improve comprehension and comparisons. These tools include recordings that can be played back to help students associate a sound with a picture. The tool is also useful for creating sequences, as it works as a graphics organizer that helps a child to learn the sequence of steps to perform a process.
- Ability to control devices with switches: Starting with toys, kids with fine motor skill impairments or paralysis can develop the skills they will need to control computers, smartphones and other types of tech tools later on. With sip and puff systems, students can use their mouth to control adapted devices that are switch enabled. At Enabling Devices, we make a variety of switches to accommodate different needs. You can equip your classroom with Jumbo switches for students who need a large target, Senso Dot switches for students who benefit from sensory input and switches specially designed to assist students with visual impairments.
- Learning cause and effect: Switch-enabled toys and devices also benefit students by teaching cause and effect. When your students activate the switch, the connected device responds, strengthening understanding of the relationship between actions and events. Learning cause and effect can help individuals feel in control of their environment and build self-esteem.
- Increased participation: In group classroom settings, assistive technology can help students facing motor and speech challenges participate in activities and interact with other students. Adapted toys allow students to play together as well. In this way, you can use assistive technology to build community in the classroom and make sure everyone feels included.
Other Types of Assistive Tech for Students With Disabilities
Assistive technology helps students with specific disabilities learn. At Enabling Devices, we offer the following types of assistive tech products for classroom use:
- Sensory kits and bundles: These bundles consist of different products that help children with various sensory processing needs. They enhance balance and body awareness and improve sight, touch, hearing and the use of other senses.
- Communicators: Communication devices allow users to play messages recorded by others that have identifying pictures and icons attached to the message squares. They help children with speech impairments use a combination of sight, sound and touch to interact and improve their communication skills.
- Motor kits: Children can improve their motor skills using a variety of motor skill development kits. Toys, tools and specially adapted switches are available to help them improve their motor skills while they have fun.
Classroom Learning Activity Ideas for Children With Special Needs
Children with disabilities are eager to learn. As you know, while they may not learn in the same way as other children, it does not make them any less intelligent. The following activities can help students with disabilities become faster, happier and more effective learners:
- Acting: Reading scripts improves reading and other language skills, while acting helps learners express their feelings. It also promotes interactive and social skills.
- Playing: Kids with ADHD or very short attention spans can have a better learning experience when they learn with fun activities. Projectors can be used to project games to the floor to help the children. These activities also help kids develop teamwork skills.
- Interactive learning: Kids on the autism spectrum often don’t interact much with other children, but they can be great learners. Interactive programs that use animations and fun stories can engage them and help them learn by natural immersion.
Shop for Learning Kits for Your Special Education Students
We’ve designed different kinds of classroom kits to help teachers take care of the special learning needs of children with various disabilities. Contact us now for more details about our learning tools or shop online today!