Today I want to talk about adapting a product to meet the needs of kids with many disabilities. I came across the product Hot Dots years ago when I was teaching. I loved using them to reinforce skills.
When I looked at the teaching that is being reinforced, in the kits Hot Dots sell, they will not work for my children, but I love the concept of reinforcing a correct answer with lights and music. The pre made kits I find are not repetitive enough for my kids. On one page you might be matching numbers and on the next page letters or words. I see to many choices for my kiddos and way to many pictures of things that are confusing for my kids. Also for my visually impaired daughter the photos are not big enough or have enough contrast. But I really like the concept of the pen that reinforces the correct answer. So I did some digging and ended up purchasing a different Hot Dots product. The Hot Dots Make Your Own Kit.
I'm starting a new unit with the kids that uses buttons, and so I made my own sheets and put them in plastic protectors for durability. For my VI kiddo, I make the image larger and separate and put a black background. The great thing is after they master this skill I can go back to my pdf file, add another option, add words or whatever skill I want them to work on next. The entire reason for doing this is repetition. My kids could work on this for weeks, over and over. We repeat until it is mastered and even continue after mastery for review. When I post my theme in a week or two, I will video how Bella does with this activity. soon.