Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health

5.3 General Furnishings and Equipment

5.3.2 Additional Equipment Requirements for Facilities Serving Children with Special Health Care Needs

Note to Reader: See Standard 3.6.3.2 for medication storage.

5.3.2.2: Special Adaptive Equipment


Special adaptive equipment (such as toys, augmentative communication devices, and wheelchairs) for children with special health care needs should be available in and correctly utilized by the facility as part of their reasonable accommodations for the child.

Staff should be instructed and trained in use of communication devices and other adaptive equipment.

RATIONALE
If a facility serves one or more children with special health care needs, adaptive equipment necessary for the child’s participation in all activities is needed.
COMMENTS
Most adaptive equipment can be created by making simple adaptation of typically used items such as eating utensils, cups, plates, etc.

Caregivers/teachers are not responsible for providing personal equipment (such as hearing aids, eyeglasses, braces, and wheelchairs), but should be aware of how they should be used and if repairs are necessary.

TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS
Appendix X: Adaptive Equipment for Children with Special Health Care Needs