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Tips, Tricks and helpful strategies for those dealing with behavioral issues. Answered

Due to the huge response to Supersoftdrink's Sensory Seeker and Counterchangeracing's One Legged Therapy Stool from a huge variety of people looking for ideas and help for themselves or their children, I believe there is a need for a designated category. Nothing medical or diagnostic but of ideas that have worked for people, how to make or use equipment, gadgets etc. When you look at the two sites Ive referred to you will see that many different needs and "issues" are asked about.
I stress no diagnosis or medical at all. Please give this your consideration.


. Although, as kelseymh and Kiteman point out, Ibles is more about making things, I (and I'm sure many other Iblers), would not be at all disappointed to see Ibles become the go-to place for AT, "adaptive behaviors and interventions", and other "disability"-oriented DIY projects. I see no reason that the two worlds can't work together until one or the other group is large enough to venture out on its own.
. As far as How-to-deal-with instructions, that might be better implemented at ADD, autism, &c sites. Not that they would be unwelcome here (I imagine that the Ibles community will help where they can), it's just that it's not what Ible's is about.
. That said, if you can take pictures of it, I doubt that Robot (or anyone else) will complain. :)

.  Oh! As far as making AB&I a reality on Ibles, in no particular order:
  • start a Group
  • get someone in the AT Group (kelseymh?) and any other even remotely related Groups to trade links to each other's Group
  • start publishing your iBles (add the iBles to your Group)
  • make a Guide on your subject
  • discretely advertise your Group, Guide, and iBles on other sites. Some sites may not allow this, respect their wishes.
.  Good luck. If you need help, just ask. Most folks around here love to help.

Thanks: I have a lot of knowledge about "things" that can help. (as previously described) but my ability to navigate the Guides, Groups, Forums,Links and Ibles is currently none exisistant. Your Itemised list is great, Thanks .

Yes, if "starting a group" appears intimidating, most anyone here can be of assistance and would be happy to help.

. Does this look like what you are talking about?

Not exactly. I think there are some problems. Ist. The title "Assistive Technology" would never attract me because of the Technical and mechanical slant to the site. I suppose my interest is in adaptive behaviors and interventions which are not technical at all, rather more hands on. I cannot do tech things so I wouldnt even look there. Although some of the Ibl's may be applicable most are about the "machinery" of disabilities rather than the behavioural needs. The comments and questions that were recieved in the two examples I gave were from people who had a variety of difficulties and were asking if this idea could help them.
Thanks for your response.

If you are suggesting a section for tips on managing the behaviour of, for instance, people with ADHD, then this is not an appropriate website.

If, though, you are talking about projects you can do with such individuals with therapeutic intent, then

Oh God. Something ate Kiteman mid-sentence!! The horror!

Our school internet went down last week - I was teaching a lesson, but writing on an ordinary whiteboard.

A member of the IT department* stuck his head around my door, looked at me, and then shouted over his shoulder; "No, he's not, it wasn't him".

*That is, half of it.

Oh, that is outstanding! Your reputation precedes you, Wise One!

It was just that once I did it for real - it turned out that our network couldn't cope with Google Earth being run on a PC during lessons.

The whole school network froze, even the cursors...

Ah, you need to write an article for The 2600 then, how to lock up an entire school's network LOL

(finishes slurping coffee to continue typing)

...Nacho's suggestion is the best existing option.

Otherwise, you could start your own group with a different focus.

This whole site has a "technical and mechanical" slant :-) The AT group follows that philosophy. You're right that behavioural interventions aren't really appropriate for the AT group (at least in my non-expert opinion).

It would be awesome if you created a group yourself to collect such Insructables, including ones you might contribute yourself.

My idea was for an ibles site where made or adapted gatgets , tools, clothing, writing accessories, lighting, furniture etc. were made for a specific use but could be adapted to suit other needs. Probably Life Hacks is the best ( I had not known of it before because I usually look at the crafty ibles. The examples I referred to (sensory seeker and one legged therapy stool) are exactly what I mean. Definitly not medical, dietry nor behavioural interventions, rather behavioral INVENTIONS. Sorry about that. Please ask if more clarification is needed. I definitly mean Instructables and yes I will make some as soon as I know how. Thanks everyone for your interest.

In terms of category, I think you'll find that within Instructables, Living -> LIfe hacks is probably the most appropriate. That's one of the main places for "personal activity" stuff to go, along with lots of hard-to-classify "objects."

The Instructables staff keeps the number of separate channels as limited as possible, in order that projects are exposed to a broad audience. New channels have been, and continue to be created, when there is a large enough number of I'bles with common themes.

The Tech -> AT channel was only created a few months ago, after the first Humana-sponsored contest inspired a dramatic increase in the number of AT-related I'bles.

"Groups" were intended to allow narrower interests to come together and collect Instructables and discussions in their area. Groups aren't as well supported in the I'bles software as many of us would like, but with very limited staff (just one person handles the all of the Website software!), different priority decisions have to be made.

Thank you all for your input. I will re visit my idea again because it may be that I am not quite explaining what I was about. Several of you did so I will work on it. All comments and advise were much appreciated. I am a very new computer user and I am still learning but I will never be a techi.
I also am very unsure about the function of the various groups and sites etc. Until re-directed I didn.t know about AT. Thanks again. I'll be back

Tech skills, or the lack thereof, should not be a barrier! You seem to have some very good ideas, and the interest to pursue them here. I hope that our input has been helpful to you; please don't hesitate to ask if you need help in moving forward with your ideas.