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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ToAD: Tools for Assessment and Development of Visual Skills

cover of Squire Toad's Puzzle Book

This set of standardized tools aids in performing functional vision evaluations or visual skills development activities. ToAD does not provide a curriculum--there are several excellent curricula available, including ISAVE from APH. The ToAD kit provides tools, toys, and puzzles that assist the educator as he or she performs assessments or activities.

ToAD components include:
  • ToAD Teacher's Guidebook, for use with learners at a developmental level of 2.5 - 5 years
  • SQUIRE ToAD's Puzzle Book
  • Match 'n Sort Cards
  • ToAD Flashlight and Attachments
  • String Light with Cricket Attachment
  • ToAD LED Keychain Lights
  • ToAD Foam Puzzles
  • Mylar Pompon
  • Tangle Toy™
  • Billy Bird Puppet
  • Unbreakable Mirror
  • Bowls and Balls
  • Swirly Mats™
  • Slinky™
  • Lucite Puzzles
  • Cup, toothbrush, spoon, and many other kit materials

Most ToAD materials are designed to be used with APH's Invisiboard and ISAVE Grid in a very softly lit environment.

NOTE: For learners 0 - 2.5 years and those with severe, multiple disabilities, the TADPOLE program has been developed.

WARNING: Choking Hazard-Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.

ToAD Kit:
Catalog Number: 1-08152-00
Click this link to purchase ToAD Kit: Tools for Assessment and Development of Visual Skills.

ToAD Modules

ToAD Object Cards (set of 168):
Catalog Number: 1-08152-01
Click this link to purchase the ToAD Object Cards.

ToAD Light Source Items:
Catalog Number: 1-08152-02
Click this link to purchase any of the ToAD Light Source Items.

Squire ToAD's Puzzle Book SQUIRE ToAD's Puzzle Book
Large Print Edition:
Catalog Number: 1-08152-05

Braille Edition:
Catalog Number: 5-08152-05
Click this link to purchase Squire ToAD's Puzzle Book.

ToAD Teacher's Guidebook

Large Print Edition:
Catalog Number: 7-08152-00

Braille Edition:
Catalog Number: 5-08152-00
Click this link to purchase the ToAD Teacher's Guidebook.

Related Products

Invisiboard: Invisiboard Catalog Number: 1-08541-00
Click this link to purchase the Invisiboard from APH.

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Video Presentation Available on Demand

In November 2008, APH broadcasted a live video presentation for the North Carolina Conference on Exceptional Children. Elaine Kitchel, our Low Vision Project Leader, gave a detailed overview of two popular products: Address Earth, APH's large format atlas, and ToAD, our Tools for Assessment and Development of Visual Skills. The recorded version of these two videos are now available to view on demand in our webcast archive page at:

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