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Senory Toy Frame

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To provide a customized adapted sensory toy frame to provide a variety of stimulating activities for a child with developmental disabilities. The child already had a set of bongo drums, and the idea was to incorporate these into the frame along with other items, such as a steering wheel, a hooter and a bell. A rectangular frame was designed and built from pine and plywood that was specially adapted to clamp onto an existing table at the unit. The frame supports two interchangeable platform assemblies — one for the bongos, and one for an old steering wheel had been restored. The wheel was mounted and fitted a ratchet which clacks noisily as the wheel is turned. The platforms for the bongos and wheel are height adjustable within the frame, which means that the child’s therapist can alter the height for different purposes. For example, the therapist can have the child standing up to exercise his legs. It also provides more flexibility for other children to use the frame. The platform height is adjusted by sliding it up and down a ratchet system at either end of the frame, and securing it with a locking tri-stud. To ensure that the platform cannot fall suddenly within the frame, if for example the tri-studs worked loose, the ratchet system holds it in place. To lower the platform, the ratchet system can be overridden using a small lever near the tri-stud. As an additional safety measure, the platforms can only be removed when they are in the bottom position. This prevents the platform from falling accidentally if it is removed while in an elevated position. To achieve this, keyhole plates were made which fit into each side of the frame. The plates have a round hole at the lower end, and reduce to a narrower slot along the remaining length. The locking studs can be inserted or withdrawn through the hole at the bottom of the frame but not in the narrower section above. To provide aural, visual and sensory stimulation, a number of other toys were added to the frame. These included a small, brightly colored xylophone on the left side, a bell and a hooter on the right side, and other toys which light up and make sounds fixed to the top of the frame. TITLE: Fun Sounds for Kenny. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 29, Number 3, September 2009: p. 6-7. PAGES: 3 (including cover).

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
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Therapeutic Aids