happy to offer you this web sampling of RJ's soon-to-come DVD Book.
The samples below are only a smattering of the
video clips (which might only work in Windows),
useful tips, techniques and options offered by world renowned inventor,
and innovator RJ Cooper. RJ has worked with thousands of
of all ages and is known for his grasp of technology and his insight
the minds of those with special needs.
If you like what you see here, you will
benefit by ordering the full book on DVD!
RJ on chair techniques:
If your learner is not in a wheelchair,
can sit in a regular chair, use an office type chair with wheels.
brakes should always be unlocked. What I do, is when the learner
the screen, and makes a choice, I pull their wheelchair back. Without
technique, the only other recourse is to say things like, "No, don't
touch. Wait, wait. Let go please." To avoid that hassle, all I do is
the learner from the device, so that there is no chance of things being
hit or broken. Then, I can concentrate on properly presenting the
or reward. Once it's time to select again, move the chair in. Just by
the chair back and forth, learners learn when to touch and when not to
the screen. If you have a monitor on an arm, you can move the monitor
out instead of the chair. If you are using a switch, move it in and out
the same fashion. Move these things away so that they are just beyond
learner's reach. When it's time to choose, move things back in a few
so that the learner can easily access their device.
Just for fun, RJ's book also offers links to
some favorite video snippets and stories, taped and told by his
Bryan tells one of his favorite stories:
RJ once gave his "Computers
Difficult" lecture at Kingsway School in New Jersey. Later in the day,
was working with a mildly delayed teenager named Maria. Maria was good
and a real joy to work with. Towards the end of the session, RJ asked
to wait while he talked to the audience. After a couple minutes, RJ
concluded his digression with the comment, "Computers are not easy,
they are..." Without skipping a beat, Maria said, "Difficult!" What a
pleasant surprise. Maria
had really been listening. RJ hugged her, and the audience laughed and