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|How to use I need help.® Communication Bracelets|
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Click on each bracelet for complete instructions on how to use that style of bracelet.
All Bracelets say: I need help.® on the reverse side of the icons/words.
Bracelets with icon photos or words (Some bracelets are double stacked to show all icon photos)
Extra Wide Needs Bracelet
Medical Alert Bracelets
I have a Pacemaker
Medical Alert Bracelets
Diet Restriction Bracelets
1.When a person looks distressed the staff member can say, “Look at your/my bracelet.” This prompts the person to look at the bracelet and then ask for help.
2. Non-verbal people can point to their own bracelet; this will cue the staff member that help is needed.
3. Point to the words on the bracelet and slowly say, “I need”. This cues the person to specifically say what they need.
4. Always praise/reinforce the person when they ask for help by saying, “I’m proud of you for using your bracelet and asking for help.” ☺
5. When using the Feeling Bracelet and a person is not working staff members can point to the sad face and say, “I’m feeling sad, I need your help to get your work done so that we both can be happy again.” point to happy face. (Reverse method)
6. The inside of the bracelet has embossing. For sensory needs, some people use the bracelet llike a "fidget" to rub and calm themselves when they are anxious or expected to sit still. Bracelets are 100% silicone, non-toxic and lead free .
7. Some students prefer not to wear jewelry therefore the bracelet may be placed on the student’s desk.
8. Volunteer classmates can wear a bracelet and become a “bracelet buddy”. This helps students to form friendships and also provides them with another visual resource for help.
9. When a student sees support staff wearing the bracelet it's a visual reminder the staff member is a resource for help.
10) The pictures and words on the bracelets are a communication tool. This allows people to remember to check their feelings, schedules, needs, wants and ask for help.
11. To encourage verbal language, the question mark on the School Schedule Bracelet can be used with all the bracelets. Pre-discuss with bracelet wearer that a question needs a response/answer. 1) i.e: Point to the question mark on the schedule bracelet and then point to the drink cup on the needs bracelet and say, “It’s a question, what did you drink today?”
12. Two ways to suggest “A Change” when using the School Schedule Bracelet. 1) i.e.: Point to the music note icon and say, “After music.” Next, point to the question icon and say, “There is a change.” Then point to the PE icon and say, “We have PE today.” Finally, point to computer icon and say, “Not computer.” Repeat and point if necessary. Or 2) i.e.: Point to the music note icon and say, “After music.” Next, point to the question icon and say, “There is a change.” Then you ask the student, “What comes next, point/show me on the bracelet?”
13. When using the bracelets, use the words “Show Me”. This allows the person to specifically point to the icon they need. This allows you to understand exactly what the person needs.
14) These bracelets read Gluten-Free Diet and Casein-Free Diet.When worn by the bracelet wearer it communicates that they are on a Gluten-Free or Casein-Free only diet.
15) These bracelets read I have Diabetes, I have Epilepsy, I have Autism, I have a Pacemaker. In everyday living or emergency situations the bracelets communicates to caregivers the bracelet wearer is Diabetic or has Epilepsy.
16) All Bracelets may be used together. For Example:On the Needs Bracelet point to hand. On the School Schedule Bracelet point toComputer. This person understands to take your hand, it's time to go to Computer.
17) This bracelet has the words I want________ on one side and on the reverse side it has the words, "I need help." The I want__________ bracelet may be used to promote speech and language. This bracelet can be reused with a washable type marker to write the words or draw a picture on the line.
18) This bracelet has the words Who What Where When Why How. The Wh bracelet may be used to promote speech and language. Point and slowly say the word of your choice (Who What Where When Why How) to the bracelet wearer. This prompts the bracelet wearer to give you a response. You may use the entire bracelet by pointing to the words, "I need help." Next ask "Wh" word.
Examples on how to use the Number Bracelet:
1A) Ask the student: I need you to do this 5 times for me (Repetition). Point to the number 1 and proceed to the next number as the student advances to completion of 5. (This is a visual/cue reminder of how many times you are requesting the student to perform a task.)
1B) Use the bracelet as a count down. For example, I need you to do 3 jobs – 1 empty trash, 2 dust, 3 sweep. Use the bracelet as a reminder to the 3 jobs.
2A) Use the numbers to learn math: For example point to 4 and say, “4 plus”, next point to 6 and say “6 =?” The student will respond with the answer. In this example you could point and say, “Yes, the answer is 10.”
2B) Use the bracelet to do touch math.
3) Use the number bracelet as a visual to learn to count.
4) To calm down, ask the patient to look at there bracelet and count to ten. Next, ask the student to take a deep breath and continue.
5) The numbers 1 -10 are the common numbers on a keyboard, phone, calculator, etc. Use the number bracelet when teaching number placement on these devices.
Health Care Industry:
1) On the pain scale, ask the patient what number they are feeling. The patient can point to there pain level.
2) To calm down, ask the patient to look at there bracelet and count to ten. Next, ask the patient to take a deep breath and continue.
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