Category: Aids for Daily Living

Adapting Puzzles

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“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To provide several do-it-yorself options for adapting puzzles for children with grasping and fine motor skill disabilities. First, cut notches into the side of the puzzles pieces to make them easier to grasp. A second method reqires adding handles of some kind to the puzzle pieces (i.e. a knob, empty thread spool, or section of dowel rod). If the puzzle came with knobs, but they are too small, replace them with larger knobs. Third, if the child cannot grasp a handle, adapting the puzzle with Velcro may be the solution. A small piece of loop Velcro can be placed in the center of each puzzle piece. Then a mitt or strap with hook Velcro can be placed on the child’s hand. Velcro magnets can also work. A metal thumbtack can be pounded into each puzzle piece. Then, the child can use a mitt, strap, or stick with a magnet on it to remove the puzzle pieces. TITLE: Adapting Puzzles. JOURNAL: Ideas to share: Tots n’ Tech. REF: D.E.S.K. (Designing Environments for Successful Kids), Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI), CESA 2, 448 E. High St., Milton, WI 53563, Phone 608-758-6232 X 340 or 800-991-5576, Email: PAGES: 1 with cover.


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