Very often we hear that communication tools are expensive or
that people just don't know what's out there!
The Willow Park Resource Centre in
Weeley, Clacton has made their own version of an E-trans
Frame at a fraction of the cost. It was made using a piece of
Perspex purchased cheaply at a local DIY store, held by a piece of
wood, with a slot cut into it to hold the Perspex upright. As
the cost of producing this was minimal, and they were all made in
their own workshops, they now have one of these in every workshop
The frames have been very successful, and staff commented "They
are great for discussion about activities and involving everyone in
If you would like to find out more about the DIY frame, or more
about the communication tools that the centre has made, contact: http://willowparkresourcecentre.co.uk/
Helen Arney, Coordinator, Willow Bay - would
like to share with you a destination book that has been developed
for two Service Users.
"They both have activity boards in photos and objects of
reference for where they will be going or what they are doing each
day. But often by the time we get into the car the object/photo
would be dropped or left behind."
"We made A4 plastic wallets which contained photos of all the
destinations we were going to . . . "
". . . and included a photo of Willow Bay, their home, for the
"We hung this on the back of the driver's seat with Velcro. So
on each journey you can just turn the folder over to where we were
going and this was a permanent fixture. We then made an identical
one to hang over the passenger seat so it did not matter which side
the service user sat both folders were the same and contained each
We also included a blank sheet in case we go somewhere different
or other people are using the car so there was no confusion.
So far it seems to be working really well."
The cost was £1 each wallet, £2 for Velcro and just some
Have you got something you would like
to share? Maybe something like a communication aid
you've made, or a template for a timetable, or a
communication success story, then why not tell us?
We welcome ideas from all over the world, please email us at email@example.com
if you have an idea to share!
I'm not easily impressed. . . but that's impressing me! :)
Comment posted by: Lynsey on
20 December 2011 at 07:05
The destination book developed by Helen from Kingswood care Services looks really good.
Comment posted by: Antony on
27 March 2012 at 16:25
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