Benny’s therapist asked my group and I to create a toy that could assist him in learning how to position his body differently in his current adaptive chair. Their main focus was on the positioning of his feet and head.

Our group switch adapted a Night Light Projection Lamp. Benny can turn the lights on by positioning his feet on a foot plate that serves as a switch. With the proper positioning, the lamp shines. Benny can practice head positioning by looking at the projections. His therapist can have the projections appear on the ceiling, wall, or his desk. 

Key Elements of the Design

1. Collaboration

Benny and his family could interact with this toy together

2. Agency

Ensure that Benny can use the toy independently

3. Low Stimulation

Develop an experience that is not overstimulating, so it can be a therapeutic tool

4. Simplified Operation

We decided to have one movement (in this case foot position) operate the toy and the other movement (head positioning) be non-mandatory but still part of the experience. We worried that if Benny was required to complete two mandatory movements, he may tire out

5. Reproducibility

We wanted to create something that while serves Benny, can be iterated to serve other children like him and can be used by Adaptive Design without having to face a high cost in creation.

 

Why this Toy?

This toy met our goals of reproducibility (since the toy was a low cost of $15), low simulation (offers a gentle light show), and collaboration (since it is an immersive experience the family can participate in). Most importantly, the toy could be used in a low-light to darkroom, which means Benny can continue to play even when it gets dark outside. Since the project was worked on during winter months and the sun was setting at around 5 pm, that asset seemed really valuable.

Toy can be found here.

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