What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any kind of technology and/or tool that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as communicating with others, going to school or work, or participating in activities can be a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance and have access to a quality of life, that may otherwise not be known, and lead more independent lives.

The mission of this blog is to serve as a voice of a constant researcher in the field of educational and assistive technologies so that the best products, strategies and services may be located easily, in hopes that they will then be delivered, taught and used to better the lives of people with disabilities.


Page Fluffing

Page fluffers are helpful in fostering independent literacy skills. Page fluffers are simple adaptations made to books or other reading material that make pages more accessible to turn. Page fluffers increase the space between the pages of a book, allowing those with limited fine motor skills to get their fingers between each page, therefore, making it easier to turn a page. You can use a variety of different materials to make page fluffers. A fluffer can be glued, taped, or clipped to the corner of each page.   

Page fluffers are often placed on the top of the first page, a little bit lower on the second page, lower on the third page and so on. When you reach the bottom page, you start over at the top of the next page. 

You may want to make permanent page fluffers or temporary fluffers depending on your students' needs and who owns the book. 

Permanent Fluffers (most you will want to hot glue some are peel and stick options):
  • Female Velcro
  • Picture frame dots
  • Beads of puff paint (dried) or hot glue dots
  • Foam cut in squares (# 1")
  • Pieces of sponge 
  • Rubber weather stripping 
  • Popsicle sticks to the pages so one end sticks out beyond the pages like tabs
  • Furniture leg or tabletop protectors (those little round felt-like circles you buy at a hardware store)
  • Paper clips (various sizes) maybe adding a few beads threaded through to add more bulk
  • A magnet in a glove or on a sweat band or head stick with metal paper clips attached to the pages
Removable Page Fluffers:
  • Clip a paper clip (small or large) on a small piece of card stock (something sturdy # 1" square)
  • Clothespins (plastic or wood)
  • Bag clips (various sizes and shapes) 
  • Glue any of the above options to a square of tagboard, making it removable

I went to the local dollar store and found some great little goodies (all with adhesive backing):  
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Get creative and have fun! How about having your other students help you put these on as one of their fine motor activities? Maybe asking a general education class to do this as a class project?