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Teaching switch use to new switch-users!
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




Teach a new switch user about cause-and-effect by starting with an attractive switch that gives fun feedback itself. Switches that vibrate or play music are reinforcing all by themselves. Good examples are the Musical Bright Plate Switch and the Vibrating Mirror Plate Switch. Once the child understands that their action causes the effect, then you could attach a toy, Mini Fan, AM/FM Radio, Vibrating Pillow, or Tape Player to the switch. The child will soon learn that their touch has a real impact on the world around them!
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Playing Choo Choo with Double Decker Dominoes!

If your child with special needs is between the cognitive ages of 18 months and four years, try making "Choo-Choo trains" with the Double Decker Dominoes. Place all dominoes face up near to the child. Start the train with one block, call it the "engine." Match another block to the back pattern of the engine block. Together, you can take turns matching the correct shape to the back of the train. When the train is long enough, let the child push the train off of the table into a basket. A great way to develop sensory processing skills!

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