Support for Students with Physical Disabilities

All Clicker activities are fully accessible with switches, connected via the Crick USB Switch Box.

Clicker grids are scanned either automatically (if you are using a single switch scan) or by pressing a second switch.

To optimise access for your child, fine-tune the timing settings and customise how the scan is displayed. For further reinforcement, choose an auditory scan. All functions are accessible to switch users, including moving between grids and opening pop-up grids and keyboards. Everything is customisable exactly to your child’s abilities, so that they only have the options they can manage.

We think about scanning at the design stage of all our ready-made Clicker materials, so all our Clicker 6 templates, grids, and talking books scan in an intuitive way.

Switch accessible writing

Clicker enables young switch users to start writing as soon as they are ready. Start with just a few words in a grid to make a simple sentence, or start your child writing their name by providing a grid with just the letters they need.

 

Word grids can be supported with pictures, and all the speech and spell-checking facilities are switch accessible too. A more advanced switch user can progress to a full keyboard layout, with links to word grids to speed up writing.

Switch users can move between grids, as well as save, open and print files. You can make these operations really easy - for example, you can have a single cell set up to print your text.

The Find Out & Write About series runs within Clicker and is perfect for switch users - they enable users to read or hear information on a page, and then write about it from a linked grid - all with a minimum number of switch presses!

Switch accessible books

Children who are unable to handle books really miss out on important learning experiences from an early age. Now, learners using switch access can read Clicker talking books on-screen. Pages are turned and text read aloud with the click of a switch.

  • All Clicker talking books are switch accessible 
  • 'Hot spots' are scanned too
  • Many ready-made books are available

It's really easy to make your own books, with your own text, pictures, and sound - and switch users can create their own Clicker talking books, choosing their own pictures and words, and even recording their own voice.

 

There are lots of Clicker talking books that are ready for your switch users to start using right away:

LearningGrids

All the Clicker talking books on our free LearningGrids site are fully switch accessible. There are over 70 just in the Literacy section!

Find Out & Write About

How can a switch user access information about a topic, then seamlessly change to a writing page, and write about what he or she has learned? Answer: with our award-winning Find Out & Write About.

Oxford Reading Tree for Clicker

Give your child access to the UK's most popular reading scheme. Thirty popular stories have been turned into on-screen Clicker books and include a range of fully accessible reading and writing activities that relate to the stories. Find out more...

Trackers for Clicker

The fully accessible Trackers for Clicker series is based on books by Oxford University Press. These on-screen books provide age appropriate materials for children aged 7+ reading at a 5+ level, and include lots of supporting activities.

Other switch accessible activities 

   

 

Labelling activities – with very simple scanning, switch users can engage in a range of labelling activities that illustrate their level of understanding.

“Hit & happen” (simple cause and effect) activities – any graphics can be used, including digital photos, and any sounds can be added too. A switch press activates a simple action such as a picture appearing, a sound playing, or a video starting.

Create your own hit & happen activities, using your own photos and sounds, and then progress to activities where users make simple choices.

Matching activities – with switch presses users can complete a range of matching activities that use a combination of sounds, pictures and words.

Mouse dwell allows users with a physical difficulty to use a mouse or pointing device in place of clicking a button. Simply hold the mouse, joystick, rollerball or pointing device, steady in an area for a predefined amount of time to perform the virtual click. Personalise the mouse dwell settings, including the time delay and dwell sensitivity in the User Access options.

For more on how to access our software with switches, visit our USB Switch Box page.