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Friday, September 04, 2009

Sensory Learning Kit (SLK)

Sensory Learning Kit

A kit for use in the development of skills for learners with the most significant challenges.

This kit is an extensive set of sensory items and written materials that help the most significantly challenged learners increase their curiosity and develop specific skills. Tools in this kit may be used to help create daily schedules, lesson plans, and alternative assessments for play or functional routines.

Kit Includes:

  • SLK Guidebook and Assessment Forms: create appetite lists and determine appropriate arousal states for routines
  • SLK Routines Book -- explains importance? of routines and provides templates
  • Three assistive technology switches
  • A power control unit
  • Multiple appetite items featuring texture, color, and sound for use in the routines

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

Sensory Learning Kit:
Catalog Number: 1-08611-00

Replacement Items:

SLK Guidebook/Routines Book, Print:
Catalog Number: 7-08611-00

SLK Power Select:
Catalog Number: 1-08612-00

SLK Scallop Switch:
Catalog Number: 1-08613-00

SLK Adaptable Tactile Switch:
Catalog Number: 1-08614-00

SLK Adaptable Stick Switch:
Catalog Number: 1-08615-00

Vibrating Pad with Adapter:
Catalog Number: 1-08616-00
Click this link to purchase the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK).

Select Switch

Select Switch

A battery-powered switch with function control features that enable individuals to communicate and control battery-operated appliances, toys, and devices. The switch is designed for use in educational and daily living applications. It is useful for individuals with severe motor disabilities and cognitive impairments. Note: Batteries are NOT included.


  • Polarity switch
  • 1/8 inch (3.5mm) mono plug (adapters may be used)
  • Four modes of control to meet the users needs: direct, latch, timed minutes and timed seconds
  • Low slanting profile to allow easy accessibility
  • Smooth adapter plate for users who do not like the bumpy tactile plate
  • Suction cup feet
  • Controls devices rated from 3-12V DC with a maximum current draw of 1.5A
Select Switch:
Catalog Number: 1-08617-00
Click this link to purchase a Select Switch.

Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) Homegrown Video

Image of the Sensory Learning Kit Homegrown Video DVD cover

The Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) DVD is the latest addition to APH's Homegrown Video Series.

This DVD features Sensory Learning Kit author and workshop facilitator Millie Smith as she talks to the viewer about the SLK and as she conducts an assessment with Barb, an adult learner. As Millie talks about the purpose of the SLK, the population of learners for whom it was designed, and its various components, the viewer sees Millie interacting with Barb using different learning media and access items from the kit. This brief overview DVD provides the viewer with information about how the use of the SLK benefits learners at the sensory motor level.

Approximate run time: 20 minutes. Closed Captioned.

Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) Homegrown Video
Catalog Number: 1-30022-DVD
Click this link to purchase the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) Homegrown Video.

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