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Name Writing Mitt

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"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with grasping or fine motor disabilities to print his/her name or participate in a sponge painting activity. Attach foam or rubber letters to a Duramitt glove. These gloves are marketed by Playtex, Inc., and come in two styles. One type of Duramitt has a sponge covering on the palm portion of the mitt, and the other style has the tough scrubbing nylon covering on the palm portion. With either mitt it is possible to attach pieces of Velcro, or a strip of Velcro across the palm portion, and then attach Velcro to the foam or rubber letters to be attached to the mitt. Arrange the letters of the user's name on the mitt, remembering to invert the letters so they will print in the correct orientation. Slip the mitt on the user's hand, and give the user an inked stamp pad. By pressing the letters on the stamp pad, and then pressing them on the paper, the user is able to independently "print" his/her name on school papers and other documents. The same Duramitt can be used for sponge painting by attaching foam cut-outs to the palm portion of the mitt. The user can press the sponges into a shallow dish of paint and then stamp patterns on paper. MATERIALS: Duramitt or similar scrubbing mitt, foam or rubber letters, sponge cutouts, self-adhesive Velcro, ink pad and/or paint. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. TITLE: Low End Technology For Children. WEB SITE: TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project at http://www.iltech.org . REF: Ten Dollar Tech Ideas. TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project, can also be contacted at 1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701; 800-852-5110 voice/TTY, IL only; 217-522-7985 voice; 217-522-9966 TTY; 217-522-8067 Fax.

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