Trabasack: reviewed by Kate Ahern: a teacher of pupils with significant special needs
Trabasack’s reputation is growing and as more and more are sold, the reviews are coming in thick and fast and spreading across the blogosphere. One such review is Kate Ahern who blogs at Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs and as a teacher of pupils with significant needs, she was able to try out the Trabasack in her classroom.
Using a Trabasack in the classroom
Known as a “portable lap” in Kate’s classroom, the Trabasack is used everyday especially for activities such as music therapy which take place away from the normal classroom tables. Kate explains that the Trabasack makes “it easier to ‘see’ the student instead of the equipment because it is smaller and looks more natural than a tray”. She also highlights that the velcro-receptive feature of the Connect surface means switches and communication devices can be easily attached. The children and students also use the Trabasack for leisure, and use the surface to ‘stick’ their iPods and MP3 players purposes to it, helping to keep them from falling off and close at hand when needed.
Trabasacks for field trips
Kate also highlights how useful the Trabasack can be as a tray although explains that the bag function is equally useful. Its “wonderful that is can carry switches, symbols and sensory items while hanging on the back of a wheelchair and then be used as a tray to access those items” she says. She also remarks how a Trabasack would have been perfect for field trips to the movies which had occurred in the previous year. It could help keep a student calm and comfortable she states. In fact, we have already considered how useful a Trabasack
can be for cinema trips as it provides a tray table area for drinks and snacks.
Kate’s review shows exactly how valuable a Trabasack can be in a school environment and how it can be a great mount forcommunication aids and for activities away from the school desks. Trabasack is a very useful edition to a teacher of children with special needs equipment, and helps to make more use of the equipment available.