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Many aids not yet described in PART 3 have been described in other parts of this book. Here is a brief summary of some of these to give you basic ideas and tell you where to look. We also give a few ideas of aids not shown before.

EATING AND DRINKING AIDS

For more information on these aids, see the following sections:


Arm supports for utensils, spoons and forks fixed to suit different needs.

TOILETING AIDS

For more information on these aids, see the following sections:


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HOLDING AND REACHING AIDS

For more information on these aids, see the following sections:

Key holder, wash-mitton, braces put on feet.
key holder
wash cloth mitten for washing dishes (or self)
button
fastener
aids for working with feet




SPIRAL HOLDING AID

Spiral cut from rubber.
Cut a piece of heavy rubber tube like this.
tube bolted to the high point of a curved piece of bamboo.
Bolt it to a piece of plastic pipe or bamboo.
hand griping around tube resting on bamboo.
Use it like this.
different tools being held by the spiral tube.
spiral attached
to washstand
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Note: For larger objects such as a knife or ruler, the spiral can be made of garden hose.


REACHING TOOL ALL-PURPOSE TOOL
tong like tool with metal pieces on the end.
sheet metal or heavy tin
From Don Caston and Joan Thompson.
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pole
comb mounted firmly on pole
This end serves as pusher, a collector, and for combing hair.
This end serves as a hook.



WRITING AIDS

For more information on these aids, see the following sections:

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leather or thick cloth
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pencil in a large gum eraser loop of car inner tube Velcro bamboo or tube or hose rubber or plastic tubing



COMMUNICATION AIDS

(Also see *"Blindness" and *"Deafness")

child using a head attachment to paint.
aids for painting, writing, or pointing
a board with pictures of different needs drawn on it.
communication board




PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, MEASURING AND RECORDING AIDS


INSTRUMENT FOR LEVELING HIPS

Cut 2 pieces of thin plywood like this. Fasten them together so that they slide back and forth. To use, close instrument around child’s waist and push down against hip bones. Then raise or lower shorter leg until the instrument is level. Cut rectangles of ¼ inch thick boards and bolt them loosely together at one corner.
L shaped plywood with hole cut on long side,long ends of plywood stacked on top of each other with bolt going through both holes.
long, thin hole
25
cm.
nut, bolt, and washer
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‘flexikins’ for measuring contractures and deformities
(see Chapter 5.)
other methods for measuring contractures
(see here and here)
rib-hump angle measurer aids for hearing examination aids for seeing examination



FOOT CONTRACTURE PREVENTION AIDS

Also see Chapter 59, "Correcting Joint Contractures," and Chapter 58 "Braces."


For more information on these aids, see the following sections:


EXERCISE AIDS

For more information on these aids, see the following sections:



different sitting exercise aids.

different standing exercise aids.
inner tube





This page was updated:19 Jan 2018