Over the years, Jon Turnquist, MOL, OTR/L, ATP, the director of the St. Ambrose Assistive Technology Lab, has trained many OTs to adapt toys and other equipment. The component skills necessary to make switches and adapt toys are essential, and make it possible to quickly adapt the right piece of equipment to a client's needs. Having these skills also allows one to adapt things at a fraction of the price they would pay for similar equipment from a supplier. Fortunately, these skills are easy to learn.
Review the library of instructional videos (but be sure to read and understand cautions and warnings before trying any of these techniques for yourself):
Cautions and Warnings
- Always use safety glasses
- Use lead free solder
- Never pass the soldering iron to another person; always place it back in the holder
- Don’t “talk” with your hands when holding on to the soldering iron
- ONLY ADAPT BATTERY-POWERED EQUIPMENT (working with line voltage, i.e. 110Volts AC, is extremely dangerous to you and your clients)
- Disclaimer of liability: With respect to the information provided in these videos, neither St. Ambrose University nor Jon Turnquist, make any warranty, expressed or implied, and will not assume any legal liability, or responsibility for the use or misuse of the information provided. Please use this information wisely and carefully.