Our Little Jacob

This is a blog detailing the daily struggles of having a child with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. My son is 1 of 2 surviving triplets. My son and his identical twin brother Logan who passed away at 6.5 months old had Twin to Twin Transfusion before they were born. They were delivered at 28 weeks to try and save all 3 of their lives. I have a hard time connecting with other parents raising children with severe disabilities so, I thought I would branch away from my other blog to blog just about my son and his special needs in hope of reaching out and supporting other moms dealing with similar issues.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Switch Toys made EASY and another great resource

I found myself browsing all the facebook pages I am on for special needs children. I'm in a great group that usually has tons of ideas for different toys and other items for special needs children the link is HERE.
That being said someone posted a link to a blog that is just great has a ton of "out of the box" ideas for taking care of their special needs daughter the link is HERE.
While reading her blog she had a a tutorial about switch adapting a toy. This is where I discovered what battery interrupters were. I thought that you had to do some crafty wiring to adapt toys. I didn't realize it was as simple as turning a toy to the "ON" position and slipping one of these  nifty little things in between the battery and coil. This will only work for toys that have an on and off switch not ones that you have to push a button to make them light up or turn on...those I guess you need to do the fancy wiring to. So, I searched the Internet for the best price. Of course ebay had none that I found. I found a website for $10.78 each BUT shipping was $9.80 (total rip off) I quoted a few other sights as well and some had shipping as high as $14 including Amazon.com...so without searching for hours I think I found one of the best prices. I bought 1 of each 1 is for AA batteries one for C, and D. Total cost was $31 and I like that I was able to check out with paypal. I just ordered them tonight and I am super excited to get them in and find some toys that I can use them with.
I found this LINK to make your own battery interrupter.
Another great link for Teaching our special needs children through switch adapted toys HERE. I'm going to have a lot of fun with these when they come in the mail!
I'm currently research different toys I could possibly uses this with so far my favorite is the bubble machine. I have lots of toys on hand that will we have bought for him over the years that are all going to have a whole new life to them.

I seen this for $65 adapted on ebay $23.47 on Amazon This was actually on my list to buy off ebay for his birthday.
Here are a few ideas I seen with build in switches that cost significantly more than the regular price.
Seen this with built in switch for $44.51 on Amazon it is 13.29
The bubble machine
 Today was also Jacob's last day of school for the summer this is his and his brother's 1st day together of school and the last until next year. They look thrilled lol

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