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Beginning To Use Switch Adapted Toys With Children With Special Needs
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




Since some children are easily distracted, it is best to remove distractions and setup toys in a manner that will keep the child interested and focused.  In order to make a switch adapted toy stand out from the rest of the environment during play, place dark colored toys on a light surface, such as a towel.  Place light colored toys on a dark surface.  This will make it easier for children to see the cause and effect of pressing the switch activating the toy. There are many switch adapted to choose from - ranging from a cuddly bunny to a fierce dinosaur!
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