March 21, 2018 Communications - Reading, Writing etc Comments Off on BK2017/57 – Communication aid harness
March 15, 2018 Children's Equipment - Development and Play Comments Off on BK2017/77 – Buggy steps
Tom’s speech therapists were keen that he should have his Communicator with him at all times. The normal arrangement of a shoulder strap meant that he could swing the device, which while he enjoyed doing it, it hardly facilitated its use, and was distracting both to him, his teacher and classmates.
An activity camera chest harness was modified: the elastic waist strap was shortened and the shoulder elastic straps replaced by normal 25mm nylon webbing. The plastic camera mount was replaced by a aluminium backing plate to support the hinge mechanism with a 90 degree movement and removable detent pin.
A Velcro strap retains the Communicator in its folded up position when not in use.
A bespoke mount was created to hold the Communicator utilising the integral strap mounting bars. With the detent pin removed, the Communicator can be detached and used independently. The functionality of the flip out stand is retained.
Finally a pocket was added to the harness to hold Tom’s ever present model train.
Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/57.
Buggy with steps in position
Transit wheels in use
|Several of the children at a special school arrive in MacLaren buggies which are quite high and they are unable to climb in and out of them. Because of their height and the fact that the seat is angled back, the children struggle to reach the buggy footplate. To encourage them to be as independent as possible, a set of portable steps is required.
After experimenting with a prototype, these attractively painted steps with adjustable height handrails were made. A pair of wheels enable the steps to be easily moved.
Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/77.