Adapted Toys and Accessing Play

Adapted Toys and Accessing Play

Play is an essential part of learning and living for anyone regardless of ability.

Children who have physical, cognitive, sensory or communication challenges need to play just as much as anyone else, but they may rely more on play partners and ready adaptations to make that possible.

Explore the ready adapted toys and tools for hacking and adapting to create rich and varied play experiences.

 

From the Blog

 

6 Tips and How-To Video on Switch Adapting Battery Toys

 

Toys

These popular, straightforward favourites can be just the beginning. Combine with a SLAT to vary the action. Don’t know what a SLAT does? See the explanation below.

Take pictures, play music, time them, race them – you can even attach a marker and see what they draw. Add a wireless switch for even more versatility for your activities.

 

Peek-a-boo Bear switch adapted toy 

Peek-a-Boo-Bear Switch Adapted Toy

 

Penguin Race switch adapted toy

Penguin Race switch adapted toy

 

Dual Switch Latch and Timer

Dual Switch Latch and Timer

 

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Switches, SLATs and Accessing toys

Communication Devices for Toy access

Why are there communication devices here? Add a word or a sound or make the toy part of a story or a joke. The simple communication devices shown below, like the like the BIGMack and Step-by-Step devices, come with a cable and a jack so that you can connect switch adapted toys or appliances.

JUST don’t use a communication aid with a switch interface to access a computer. The message on the communication aid can interfere and mess up the signal going to the computer for unreliable and unpredictable consequences.

 

BIGmack Communication Aid

BIGmack Communication Aid

 

Big Step-by-Step Choice with Levels

Big Step-by-Step Choice with Levels

 

Little Step-by-Step with Gameplay

Little Step-by-Step with Gameplay

 

 Explore more communication devices to pair with toys in our collection below

 

SLATs

Connect a switch directly to the adapted toy or device, or use a Switch Latch and Timer (SLAT). Some of our wireless switches have SLAT function built in and the Powerlink has it too. Check out “Hacking/Adapting toys for Alternative Access” below for more details on SLATS.

 

Dual Switch Latch and Timer

Dual Switch Latch and Timer 

 

Explore more SLATs and SLAT-enabled switches in our collection below

 

Wireless adds variety.

Wireless is, of course convenient, neat, and essential for individuals with broad uncontrolled movements, eg. swinging limbs or head. But going wireless for adapted play can also add variety for anyone because the toy isn’t tethered.

Imagine a switch adapted car – Velcro or tie the receiver to the top -- and now, how far it goes isn’t limited to the length of the wire connecting it to the switch. Put the car inside a frame, attach a marker, roll it on paper and you have a fun random painter.

 

Mini Beamer Transmitter and Receiver

Mini Beamer Transmitter and Receiver

 

Original Wireless Receiver

Wireless Receiver

 

 Blue2 Switch and Interface

Blue2 Wireless Switch and Interface

 

Explore more wireless switch options in our collection below

 

Hacking/Adapting toys for Alternative Access

Discover your inner maker or hacker. The tools below help you adapt existing toys and appliances. Learning how to adapt a battery operated toy with a Battery Device Adapter isn’t hard, but it means a lot more choice at a much lower price than buying pre-adapted toys. A Cable Extension will mean greater range, but going with a wireless switch will add even more freedom.

The Powerlink is for controlling A/C electrical appliances. It works with two different devices and has SLAT functionality built-in.

 

Battery Device Adapter for Switches

Battery Device Adapter for Switches

 

Cable extension for single switch

Cable Extension for Single Switch

 

Powerlink 4

Powerlink 4

 

Explore more tools for adapting toys in our collection below

 

What does SLAT or SLAT function do?

SLAT’s add modes of control. The latch function means you don't have to keep holding the switch down for the switch to be engaged. Hitting the switch again will release it. The timer function means the device will be latched for however long you set the timer. This is an invaluable feature for someone who doesn’t have a lot of control of their movements and for an action you want to stay on for more than just a few seconds – a light, a fan, a music maker of some sort.

Eyegaze, Touch and Other Access Methods

Is a switch not the means of access? Touch, joystick or even eyegaze can access toys and appliances too. If you already use a computer, tablet or iPad for communication and other activities, you can connect this to toys outside the environment.

On a Windows computer, look at the BJoy Toybox to connect to external switch accessible devices. This means that even someone using eye-gaze can connect, control and play with the world around them, not just the virtual world on the computer.

For a user with a dynamic display communication aid, their communication/access software might have ways to connect and control electrical devices the way the Grid 3 has. If you have the Grid 3 you can find a Grid designed for interfacing with the Toybox that one of our colleagues here at bridges created:

https://grids.sensorysoftware.com/en/iain-wallace/bj-toybox-interface

An eye gaze, joystick or touch screen windows user with the grid can easily control up to 4 switch adapted devices.

An iPad user will have to look into additional apps and hardware. Research environmental control and internet of things to discover tools for connecting appliances and devices, from TV’s to lightbulbs.

 

BJ ToyBox 

BJ ToyBox

 

Grid 3 AAC Software

Grid 3 Communication and Environmental Control Software

 

 MyGaze eye gaze camera

MyGaze Eye Gaze Camera

 

BIGmack Multi Colour - Bridges Canada

BIGmack Multi Colour

$176.00

Communication Aid for those who can access a larger target area. 5" activation surface. Easy to record, crystal-clear voice quality. A Snap Switch Cap (free), Toy/appliance cable included. Travel strap availableEasily record any single message up to two minutes in length directly into the BIGmack communicator and press its activation surface for...


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Battery Device Adapter for Switches (C/D  or AA/AAA battery size) - Bridges Canada

Battery Device Adapter for Switches (C/D or AA/AAA battery size)

$20.00

Convert battery-operated toys or appliances into a switch-activated device.  Ideal for toys, small devices, battery operated cars for fun or functional activities at home or in the classroom. Flexible and easy to use. Just place the copper disc between the battery contact and a battery in the device, connect a switch and your students are ready ...

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Blue2 bluetooth switch for iOS and Chromebook - Bridges Canada

Blue2 bluetooth switch for iOS and Chromebook

$241.00

Switch access for iPad, iOS, and Chromebook via bluetooth The NEW Blue2 bluetooth switch provides single or dual switch access to iDevices running iOS 7 or 8 (iPads, Air, Mini, 1234, iPod Touch, iPhones), Apple desktop or laptop computers running OS X Mavericks!  Blue2 connects to your favourite device via a Bluetooth connection that is easy and...


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Little Step-by-Step with or without Levels - Bridges Canada

Little Step-by-Step with or without Levels

$215.00

Record a series of messages to this dedicated speech generating device and then activate the 2.5-in/6.35-cm switch top to play each message back one at a time. Includes 4-minutes of record time, three recording levels, and supports the use of an external switch for alternative methods of access. Press the large activation surface to activate a s...

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Big Step By Step with or without Levels - Bridges Canada

Big Step By Step with or without Levels

$254.00

Record a series of messages to this dedicated speech generating device and then activate the large 5-in/12.7-cm switch top to play each message back one at a time.  Or plug in an external wired or wireless switch. Big Step by Step without Levels has 2-minutes of record time.  Big Step-by-Step with Levels adds the power and convenience for a tota...

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Dual Switch Latch And Timer - Bridges Canada

Dual Switch Latch And Timer

$176.00

With the Dual Switch Latch and Timer, add modes of control to any switch accessible toy or appliance. Latch: Locks the on in place until you hit the switch again to unlock. So the user doesn't have to keep pressing a switch for the toy bunny to keep walking, fan keep working, bubble machine to keep blowing etc.  Timer: Set a time for the Latc...


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All-Turn-It-Spinner - Bridges Canada

All-Turn-It-Spinner

$163.00

Include students with disabilities in your regular classroom activities. The All-Turn-It Spinner provides students with severe/profound disabilities hundreds of opportunities for interacting with their peers in a variety of classroom activities.The switch activated All-Turn-It Spinner, with a built-in external switch jack, enables random selecti...


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Switch Adapted Bubble Machine - Bridges Canada

Switch Adapted Bubble Machine

$98.00

Place bubbles in the front reservoir for continuous bubbles. For switch control, plug the Bubble Machine into a PowerLink 4. The electronic Bubble Machine is a great option for providing hours of interactive entertainment!  This electric bubble machine is the best available. For switch control, use the PowerLink® 4 control unit.  This device wor...


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Little Step-By-Step Choice with Levels - Bridges Canada

Little Step-By-Step Choice with Levels

$254.00

Unlike the Step-by-Step or Step-by-Step with Levels, the Step-by-Step Choice with Levels allows you to move between choices and skip over a message without it playing in its entirety. LITTLE Step-by-Step Choice with Levels provides an exciting option for easy-tech, quick-ready communication. By pressing the activation surface repeatedly, you can...


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Big Step-by-Step Choice with levels - Bridges Canada

Big Step-by-Step Choice with levels

$254.00

Same functionality as their "LITTLE" counterparts with a BIG target area! BIG Step-by-Step with Levels and BIG Step-by-Step Choice with Levels are the newest extensions in the AbleNet line of Communication products which provide exciting options for easy-tech, quick-ready communication. Press the large activation surface quickly to select the ap...


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Penguin Race Classic Toy - Bridges Canada

Penguin Race Classic Toy

$72.00

Watch as the colourful penguins walk up the stairs and shoot down the slide. Requires one D battery (included).   Specifications and Support Original packaging will be maintained when possible. The toy's original instructions will be included if packaging no longer works with the adaptation. Safety data sheets will be available for download fr...


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Peek-a Boo-Bear Classic Toy - Bridges Canada

Peek-a Boo-Bear Classic Toy

$117.00

Activate the switch to start an engaging game of peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo Bear will lift his arms to hide behind his blanket, and talk out-loud too! This toy is ideal for basic cause and effect, and interactive play. Permanently adapted. Requires three AA batteries (included). Switch is sold separately.   Specifications and Support   Original p...


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Robbie Rabbit - Grey Classic Toy - Bridges Canada

Robbie Rabbit - Grey Classic Toy

$74.00

Cute and cuddly Robbie Rabbit hops, wiggles his nose, raises his ears, and squeeks. Requires two AA batteries (included). Switch sold separately.     Specifications and Support Original packaging will be maintained when possible. The toy's original instructions will be included if packaging no longer works with the adaptation. Safety data sheets...


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Penguin Race Classic Toy & Switch Bundle - Bridges Canada

Penguin Race Classic Toy & Switch Bundle

$157.00

This bundle comes with the Penguin Race Classic Toy and a choice of switch. In the menu to the right, choose between the Jelly Bean Twist, the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & Original Receiver, and the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & SLAT Receiver.   Penguin Race Classic Toy Watch as the colourful penguins walk up the stairs and shoot ...

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All-Turn-It Spinner & Switch Bundle - Bridges Canada

All-Turn-It Spinner & Switch Bundle

$248.00

This bundle comes with the All-Turn-It-Spinner and a choice of switch. In the menu to the right, choose between the Jelly Bean Twist Wired Switch, the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & Original Receiver, and the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & SLAT Receiver.  All-Turn-It-Spinner Include students with disabilities in your regular classroo...

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Pretty Poodle Classic Toy - Bridges Canada

Pretty Poodle Classic Toy

$72.00

  Pretty poodle walks, shakes her tail, barks and stretches for hours of fun! Assorted styles - white and pink. Specific delivered pet may vary. Requires two AA batteries (included). Switch not included.     Specifications and Support  Original packaging will be maintained when possible. The toy's original instructions will be included if pac...


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Pudgy the Piglet Classic Toy & Switch Bundle - Bridges Canada

Pudgy the Piglet Classic Toy & Switch Bundle

$157.00

This bundle comes with the Pudgy the Piglet Classic Toy and a choice of switch. In the menu to the right, choose between the Jelly Bean Twist wired switch, the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & Original Receiver, and the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & SLAT Receiver.   Pudgy the Piglet Classic Toy Pudgy snorts and walks for hours of inte...

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Peek-a-Boo Bear Classic Toy & Switch Bundle - Bridges Canada

Peek-a-Boo Bear Classic Toy & Switch Bundle

$202.00

This bundle comes with the Peek-a-Boo Bear Classic Toy and a choice of switch. In the menu to the right, choose between the Jelly Bean Twist Wired Switch, the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & Original Receiver, and the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & SLAT Receiver.   Peek-a-Boo Bear Activate the switch to start an engaging game of peek-...

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Mini Beamer Transmitter and Receiver - Bridges Canada

Mini Beamer Transmitter and Receiver

$378.00

A wireless switch kit featuring the Mini Beamer Transmitter and Mini Beamer Receiver gives you everything you need to start using a wireless switch. Mini Beamer functions as a proximity switch, a way to turn any switch into a wireless switch, and as a replacement to the discontinued Switch Latch and Timers from Ablenet.    The new Mini Beamer t...


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Skoog 2.0 - Bridges Canada
Skoog 2.0 - Bridges Canada
Skoog 2.0

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$389.00
Skoog 2.0 - Bridges Canada

Skoog 2.0

$389.00

Skoog is a hands-on accessible music instrument that will change the way you and your students enjoy, create and learn music. It’s a powerful, fun music interface for iOS that opens up a world of interactive music to people with disabilities. A foam cube  that acts as a hands-on controller for making music, Skoog is compatible with iPad, Mac, an...


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Jelly Beamer Transmitter & SLAT Receiver - Bridges Canada

Jelly Beamer Transmitter & SLAT Receiver

$313.00

This kit combines the Jelly Beamer wireless switch bringing reliable, immediate switch access without the hassle of cords and the Mini Beamer receiver that provides the same great functionality as the SLAT receiver, but comes with a modern look, small form factor, rechargeable battery, and digital display. A rugged, reliable, and easy to use wir...


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Time Timer 12" Audible - Bridges Canada

Time Timer 12" Audible

$59.70

Time Timer 12" Audible


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Pudgy the Piglet Classic Toy - Bridges Canada

Pudgy the Piglet Classic Toy

$72.00

Pudgy snorts and walks for hours of interactive fun. Requires two AA batteries (included). Switch sold separately.  Note: Actual colour might differ from the picture above.   Specifications and Support Original packaging will be maintained when possible. The toy's original instructions will be included if packaging no longer works with the ada...


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Ca 1 Connector Adapter - Bridges Canada

Ca 1 Connector Adapter

$13.00

Allows you to plug 2 single switches into a device with a stereo jack.


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Switch Skills 1 - Bridges Canada

Switch Skills 1

$140.00

These easy switch timing activities are fun for all ages. The activities have exciting themes that motivate students who understand cause and effect to develop more disciplined switch use.Switch Skills 1 also encourages speaking and listening and helps develop concentration. The bright, clear graphics are suitable for those with visual im...


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HelpKidzLearn Games and Activities - Bridges Canada

HelpKidzLearn Games and Activities

$130.00

Please call Bridges to place your order for this item 80+ Games & Activities that can be accessed using mouse and keyboard, switch(es), touch screen, interactive classroom displays, joy stick, roller ball and eye gaze. HelpKidzLearn is a cloud based subscription that works on Chromebooks, Windows and Mac PC's.  As its delivered through ...

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Jelly Beamer Transmitter & Mini Beamer Receiver - Bridges Canada

Jelly Beamer Transmitter & Mini Beamer Receiver

$332.00

This kit combines the Jelly Beamer wireless switch bringing reliable, immediate switch access without the hassle of cords and the Mini Beamer receiver that provides the same great functionality as the SLAT receiver, but comes with a modern look, small form factor, rechargeable battery, and digital display. A rugged, reliable, and easy to use wir...


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Switch Adapted Camera - Bridges Canada

Switch Adapted Camera

$285.00

Save your favourite moments using this switch adapted digital camera. Simply connect your device via 3.5 mm jack plug, and you are ready to start taking pictures. Switch device is not included.   Features 12 MP camera Auto-flash optionBJLiv 5x digital zoom SD memory card: 4GB 2 AAA rechargeable batteries and battery charger included  One switch ...


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Switch Adapted Flappy the Elephant - Bridges Canada

Switch Adapted Flappy the Elephant

$98.00

Flappy is an adorable singing animated plush elephant with two different play modes. Activate the switch attached to the left foot to play an interactive game of peek-a-boo, and the switch attached to the right foot to hear the song "Do Your Ears Hang Low" in a cute child's voice. Activating the same switch a second time will stop the toy from p...


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Switch Skills - Scanning - CD - Bridges Canada

Switch Skills - Scanning - CD

$140.00

Switch Skills Scanning Switch Skills Scanning contains a set of twenty-two simple and motivating switch activities. It is designed for students who are learning how to use switches to make choices, either within software or scanning communication devices. The activities are split into 5 sections with increasing levels of skill and complexity in ...


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Robbie Rabbit-Grey Classic Toy & Switch Bundle - Bridges Canada

Robbie Rabbit-Grey Classic Toy & Switch Bundle

$157.00

This bundle comes with the Robbie Rabbit Classic Toy and a choice of switch. In the menu to the right, choose between the Jelly Bean Twist wired switch, the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & Original Receiver, and the Jelly Beamer Twist Transmitter & SLAT Receiver.   Robbie Rabbit Classic Toy Cute and cuddly Robbie Rabbit hops, wiggles hi...

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