Kids

Special Needs Resources for Kids

EPL Assistive Technology

CD-ROMs

Boardmaker

(available for checkout and on library computer K21) Database of 3,500+ picture communication symbols used to make printed communication boards, device overlays, worksheets, schedules, calendars, etc.

Instant Immersion. American Sign Language

Combining extensive background material with practical language instruction, this is the user-friendly way to start signing.  c2005

Apps

Commons Sense Media’s Learning Differences and Special Needs Apps Guide

Toys

The circulating Toy collection in the Kids’ Library includes many toys which can be used by children with sensory needs or children needing other adaptations. You can search the catalog with the phrase “adaptive toys” to see our collection, or click here. Here are a few examples from our Toy collection.

Lights, Vibration, Somatosensory Tube

Perfect for developing grasping skills, localizing sound and teaching cause and effect. Simply pick up the tube, hold it in a vertical position and it instantly rewards you with glowing lights and soothing vibrations. #832 (Requires 2 AA batteries)

Latches Board

Seven hinged pieces feature six different kinds of locks and latches. Opening the latches and hinged pieces reveals a picture behind each. Includes a red barn door with a hook latch, a green toy box with a snap lock, a white gate with a sliding bolt, and a brown chest with a lock latch. #966, and #1305 (Ages 3 & up)

Labyrinth Balance Board (and Balance Board Junior)

Children and adults have so much fun with this balance board that they are unaware of how good it is for them. While they maneuver the balls along the groove they are developing balance, coordination, determination and patience. Move the balls from the outer circle to the middle, or for a little easier goal…move the balls from the inside to the outside. #828, Junior #872

Carnival Tube

A simple swipe at the mounted Rainstick creates lights, music and vibration. Can also be used as a switch and has a hidden control on the bottom to turn on and off sound, lights or vibrations. #1339

BIGmack Communicator

Record any single message directly into the BIGmack communicator and press its activation surface for playback up to two minutes in length. Connect a toy or appliance for additional motivation. With its large, 5 inch activation surface, BigMack is an excellent choice for persons with visual impairments and persons with physical disabilities who require a larger target area. #1364

Magnetic Gears

Eleven colorful plastic gears spin on the magnetic easel. Each gear does something different: clicking, whirring, google eyes, turning arm. Works with and without a capability switch. #1340