The Switch Activated ARD Wild Thing is our signature customization service and most popular inquiry at Access Redefined.
It features a wireless and rechargeable joystick remote controller to serve both as a safety override and provide assisted steering for caretakers.
The ARD Wild Thing has been switch-enabled using our custom PCB and is compatible with off the shelf adaptive switches to control forward and reverse movements, left and right turning with up to 4 switches in total.
If off the shelf switches do not suffice, we provide custom accessibility solutions such as but not limited to motion activation and eye-gaze control as well.
The speed of the Wild Thing can be adjusted on the go up to 4 different speeds to accommodate for use in various environments. From the parks and city streets of NYC to the grassy fields in Michigan, the ARD Wild Thing is a great gift or powerful tool for children with mobility issues. The original idea for our design was based on providing young children an opportunity to explore powered mobility safely at a young age to motivate and promote increased independence. Here are some skills and ideas explored simply by playing with the ARD Wild Thing.
stop / go concept
left and right directionality and orientation
improve proprioceptive awareness - awareness of surrounding environment and how his own body relates to space
provide opportunity for independent mobility / opportunity for independent exploration of environment
increase visual awareness and provide opportunity to improve sensory integration with emphasis on functional vision
obstacle negotiation / safety awareness
improve cause/effect through switch access
improve reaction time
social development through outdoor play / opportunity to share play spaces with other children
provide baseline and foundational skills necessary to operate powered mobility chairs / power wheelchairs
Here's another look at our remote controlled and switch adapted ARD Wild Thing in action. Seating and wheel mods for this unit provided by Amy McCluer. "I love it. It will go everywhere with us. I'm done pushing him haha!!" - Amy and Bray
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