Through the Assistive Technologies program, the American Outreach Foundation provides tools tailored for occupational therapists that engage children with learning and developmental disabilities (i.e. attention deficit disorder, autism, dyslexia, visual impairments, and development coordination disorders, etc.)
These "work stations," called Slanto, are low- technological devices similar to clipboards. Slanto is an adjustable slant board that has been proven to be an educational asset, grasping children's awareness in everyday learning and creative activities where they previously held little or no interest.
A child with learning/developmental disabilities may find it difficult to express preferences. The originality and uniqueness of Slanto is that the workable surface is easily adjusted into 14 different slanted positions for a better experience reading, writing, or in activity based work.
There are many benefits for slanto to be included in the classroom or at home:
Promotes visual motor skills (better placement of shoulder, arm, hand)
Provides better support for holding pen/pencil appropriately
Creates an easier to reach work surface (keeps paper/material in place)
Helps with posture (A higher line of vision promotes an upright posture)
Allows visual tracking for reading (Reduces eye strain)
Slanto provides an "eye trigger" that offers the flexibility for the child to adjust it, on his/her own, into a position that feels most comfortable so as to learn autonomously and effectively, in ways that transcend cultural and language barriers.
All products sold by Assistive Technologies are manufactured, produced and distributed in the U.S.A. American Outreach Foundation, a California 501(c)3 non-profit organization.