When we talk about assistive technology, it’s generally in the context of classrooms and communication . . . but so much technology is out there these days that makes life just a little easier, or even just a little more fun! The following gadgets are examples of tech I found throughout the web that could offer kids with Learning Differences a little more comfort and a little more fun! To find more gadgets and gizmos, I recommend ThinkGeek, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel, in particular. These stores all have an attitude geared toward learning and innovation with a hint of fun thrown in there that makes their products a joy to browse and a joy to use!
These headphones conduct sound directly to the cochlea, which means they’re great for personal listening and for children who don’t like having ear buds in/on their ears. It also can be useful for children who have hearing loss!
Runphones are combo headband/headphones and would be awesome for children who need or want to use music or white noise to help them focus in the classroom. If headphones, audiobooks, etc., are one of your child’s accommodations, they could use Runphones in class without any of their peers noticing the difference. (Note: Runphones and Aftershoks may be best for teens due to the size of the headphones.)
Glo Nightlight looks awesome and is totally functional! The glowing balls are portable, meaning that a child who wakes up in the middle of the night will know exactly where to find a nightlight to make their way down the hall.
When a lot of screen time seems inevitable (especially for children who use the computer or a tablet to communicate or complete assignments), computer glasses can help protect children from straining their eyes. These ones come in different colors and styles too!
“In 2012, scientists found cell phones were covered with 10 times more disease-causing bacteria than most toilet seats.” This smartphone sanitizer only takes about 4 minutes to completely sanitize almost any smartphone—children (and adults!) who worry about germs will feel much better knowing their phone won’t be a source of sickness.
It seems alarm clocks have gotten more and more revolutionary in recent years. These two clocks offer great ways to wake up for the heavy sleeper/snooze pusher or for the ones in your life who wake up grumpy. Runaway clock will get your kid out of bed and across the room to turn off their alarm, while the nature sounds aroma clock can help your kid wake up feeling refreshed with their favorite essential oil and soothing nature sounds.
For kids who like electronics and mechanics, but don’t like to clean—a brush robot could be a great idea! It might not do all of their chores for them, but it can get them excited about applying innovation to their tasks in real life.
If the child with Learning Differences in your life has a phone, a battery recharge pack is essentially indispensable.
Children who have trouble with fine motor skills might benefit from using this gnome stylus with their electronics—the grip will be easier to manage than a traditional stylus and it's fun too!
Are there any new gadgets or gizmos you’d recommend we add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!