illumi-Spring

The illumi-Spring has been one of the best tools I have used to encourage a student who is visually functioning in Phase I to begin to use their vision.  It is basically a lighted slinky, but put together in such a way that it is easy to manipulate,  bounces slowly without making noise, the light is bright (high lumens), and it can be hung or suspended (as in a CVI Den).  I have tried many of the less expensive, copy cat Slinkys, but have found that using the original Slinky Jr. from Poof to be the best for my purposes.

First, cut a Goody Elastic Hairband so that it is a single elastic length.

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Use a black, battery operated puck light (it is very important to use a puck light that is very bright).  This brand comes from Lowes Hardware.

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Use the child’s preferred color of Slinky. Note: As mentioned above, the best brand to use is Slinky Jr. made by Poof (as shown in picture). The best colors that I have found to use are either Yellow or Red.

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Using a hot glue gun, put a thin layer around the flat end of the Slinky.

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With the puck light flat on the table facing upward, place the glued end of the Slinky around the edge of the puck light. Note: Be careful that you don’t get glue on the edge of the flexible, press on / press off light.

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Press down and adjust to make sure it sticks solidly, and that the light is centered.

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Once the thin layer of glue is dry, run another line of hot glue along the outer edge to make a solid seal between the Slinky and puck light.

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Place a dot of glue on one side of the puck light.

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Take one end of the elastic band and press it onto the dot of glue.

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Add extra glue on top of the edge of the elastic in order to seal it firmly to the puck light. Note: Be careful that no glue reaches the edge of the puck light where the battery lid needs to turn freely.

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Repeat this process on the side of the puck light directly across from the first.

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This is the final product. An “S-biner” (by Nite Ize) can also be attached to the elastic band to hang this device, for example, in a CVI Den.

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