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Stages of Switch Use

Switch users need a wide range of learning materials to help develop their skills. These materials can also be used with a plasma screen or whiteboard, touch monitor or mouse.

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Wireless Switches

When considering which switch to purchase, it would be advisable to check whether a wireless version of the switch you require is available. Using a wireless switch will allow an individual to move the switch to a suitable position without also having to relocate the accompanying switch cable. 

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Wired Switches

In its most common form, a wired switch is a button shaped device with a 3.5mm jack plug lead. To access a PC, the lead connects to an interface, or it can be plugged directly into a switch adapted product, an interactive toy, for example.

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Specialist Switches

It may be necessary to consider a different type of switch when a button switch proves not to be suitable for the individual. In this respect there are many specialist switches available, in different shapes and sizes, that require varying amounts of pressure to activate.

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Who uses a switch?

Switch access is commonly used by individuals with motor disabilities and cognitive disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and autism, who cannot access a mouse, keyboard, touch screen or alternative access method.

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Which switch?

There are various factors to consider when selecting the correct switch. Whether choosing between size, colour, wired or wireless and the activation force required to press the switch, it’s important to identify the individuals needs and requirements to determine which switch is the most suitable for them.

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What is a switch?

A switch is an assistive technology device that is commonly used by those with physical or cognitive difficulties to operate computer software, mains powered devices, battery toys, communication devices and more.

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Developing Switch Skills

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Switch Building

Almost all cause and effect programs feature switch building levels. These usually involve the child creating a picture or scene, 'building' it step-by-step with repeated switch presses or mouse clicks, or by touching the touch monitor.