AAC, AT, Families, Inclusion, Literacy, UDL

Padded Head Switches and Loc-Line Mounting Arms


Creating comfortable switches is important, especially if they are being used by the head or somewhere else that is sensitive. When I first heard Linda Burkhart speak about it, I realized the great importance of a comfortable head switch. We are working to help kids access communication and learning. It is not okay for someone to be using an accessibility switch, that physically hurts their head or is simply uncomfortable. Here are the directions I created. Create a Padded Switch The directions are designed for creating the padding to add to an Ablenet Jelly Bean Switch, yet they can be generalized.

I also learned from Linda Burkart about using the loc-line material for creating your own mounting arms for switches. Linda has posted an excellent downloadable PDF how to guide on her website, which is found here under the heading: Make a Switch Mount with Loc-Line. . Some times commercially available mounting arms are unwieldy. You can find the material to make them at . I find it so helpful to use that material for the students I work with who change position day by day. If you need it to be stiffer, you can add some hard wiring inside the material.

Oh, I forgot to mention that you can build one of these set ups for under $30! Nice!

Additionally, it is great to use foam sheets to cover your padded switch. If you use colors, like yellow for yes/chooser and red for no/mover, it can be helpful for early switch scanners.

March 8, 2007 - Posted by | AAC, Access, Assistive Technology, AT, Special Education

1 Comment »

  1. I know we have a few fairly inexpensive options for comfortable switches, such as the Soft Switch, the Pillow Switch and the Compact Switch, however this set up sounds like quite a deal, and fairly easy to put together. Thanks for sharing this information!

    Comment by Kathleen G., EnableMart | October 29, 2007 | Reply

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