I've got good use of one hand (right), but very limited use of the
other. What I've done is found a way to keep coins "corralled" so I can
pick them up more easily - they tend to try to scoot away when I pick
them up. On my desk at work or home, something as simple as a piece of
paper works pretty well, but a mouse pad (upside down) works better. If
necessary, two pads can be super-glued together, so the pad doesn't
slide on the desk. The idea of the fingertip page turner things can
work, as long as your son isn't trying to identify the coins by touch.
Unfortunately, most coins don't have enough steel in them for magnets to
be really effective. If they did, I'd permanently attach a magnet to my
reacher, because dropping coins on the floor is a frequent occurrence,
and it's a real pain.
An unreasonable man (but my wife says that's redundant!)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all
progress depends on the unreasonable man.
-George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
From: Tamar Raine [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 2:47 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Working with Money
what about small magnets, or putting something sticky on his fingertips?
~Tamar Mag Raine
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Oakland Mayor's Commission on People with disabilities
> [Original Message]
> From: ken barber <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 1/26/2005 12:03:08 PM
> Subject: Re: Working with Money
> i still have problems picking up coins and i'll be
> 56 next month. i do not know anything to suggest.
> --- [log in to unmask] wrote:
> > Hey everyone,
> > I need some help and advice from those of you who
> > have fine motor limits.
> > How do you handle picking up coins (or bills, for
> > that matter, but especially
> > coins) to pay for something or get change?
> > My Ryan is learning second grade money math, which
> > includes knowing the least
> > amount of coins to use to buy something and how much
> > change you will receive.
> > He can work this out like a whiz kid on worksheets
> > and using his Dynavox.
> > However, he has much trouble when it comes to doing
> > it with actual money.
> > Typically, many children have trouble with that
> > skill. As you all know, it gets
> > even harder when your hands and fingers don't work
> > the way you want them to
> > work!
> > Does anyone have any advice to help me accomodate
> > the fine motor portion?
> > Thanks so much,
> > Wanda
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