Category: Communication Display

Communication Bib Or Bolo

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“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRYPURPOSE: To create a communication bib and bolo that a parent or service provider can wear for use with a child with intellectual and communication disabilities. The bib and bolo are made from material that accepts hook Velcro. Pictures or symbols are backed with the Velcro and attached to the bib or bolo. To construct the bib, round off the four corners of a piece of material and fold the material in half vertically. Cut a slit approximately 2 inches into material at the upper end of the fold. Next, cut an oval for the neck opening approximately 5 inches long and 3.5 inches deep (when unfolded, this will make an opening that is 5 by 7 inches). Attach 2 inches of hook Velcro to the wrong side of one side of the neck opening, using the hot glue gun if needed to affix. For the bolo, there is no construction, just cut a 2 inch strip the width of the material and wear it around the neck. If the bolo is too long to use conveniently, cut off a little of the material. MATERIALS: 18 x 20 inch piece of Velcro sensitive material for bib; 2 x 56 inch (or width of material) piece of Velcro-sensitive material for the bolo; several inches of hook-style, sticky back Velcro for the bib and for the backs of pictures, symbols or drawings; and a variety of small pictures, drawings or symbols on pieces of index cards, foam, small counter top samples, poker chips, or tag board (for tactile stimulation). TOOLS: Hot glue gun. TITLE: Communication Bib or Bolo. JOURNAL: Ideas to share: Tots n’ Tech. REF: From D.E.S.K. (Designing Environments for Successful Kids), Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI), CESA 2, 448 E. High St., Milton, WI 53563, Phone 608-758-6232 X 340 or 800-991-5576, Email: PAGES: 1 with cover.


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