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--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To allow children or adults who are not able to verbally express a want or need use their direct stare to make a selection with the help of an eyegaze frame.

MATERIALS USED: Computer, board-making software, printer, laminator (optional), Scissors, hot glue gun and glue stick, three lengths of plumber’s (PVC) pipe (about 12 to 18 inches), two PVC elbow connectors (to fit PVC pipes together), two wooden blocks (3 to 5 inches long),Velcro®

PREPARATION:
1. A Create several picture communication symbols using the board-making software.
2. Cut out the symbols and laminate them (optional).
3. Attach Velcro® (fuzzy side) lengthwise to one PVC pipe.
4. Attach Velcro® (rough side) to the picture symbols and fasten it to the PVC pipe. Set that PVC pipe aside.
5. Hot glue one end of a PVC pipe to the middle of wooden block so the PVC pipe stands vertically. The wooden blocks are the base of the frame and will rest on the floor. Repeat this with the other PVC pipe and wooden block.
6. Fit the three pieces of pipe together with the elbow connectors to make a frame. The frame should stand independently on the blocks.

Ways to Adapt this Activity
Create picture symbols by taking photos with a digital camera instead of using a board-making software program.

Author: Tots-n-Tech, Ideas to Share, contributed by The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs, A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Sue Schwartz and Joan E. Heller Miller (Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 1996)

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04/13/2014