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While access to computer technology is a valuable learning tool for children with learning and physical difficulties it cannot give them effective control over their physical surroundings. Using adapted toys and environmental controllers will allow them to operate simple toys, lights, play music and switch on electrical devices. For some children these can be much more motivating than software on a screen.
This can give them the opportunity to interact with the same toys as their peers and to learn that they can have control over their environment. This will help them develop the skills and concepts needed to prepare them for the use of more complex environmental controls.
Inclusive Technology supplies a large selection of resources to give children control of everything from simple battery toys up to television and other electronic devices using their access switches.
This equipment can provide great opportunities for the development and learning of switch control and giving them a greater feeling of independence and preparation for their future life.