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Whatz-It Movable Rating Scale

A tool to support non-verbal communication in the hospital for people with autistic spectrum disorders or stroke.

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A tool to support non-verbal communication in the hospital for people with autistic spectrum disorders or stroke.

Features and Benefits

Whatz-it is a low technology indicator offering

  • Simplicity
  • Progressive not discrete indication of intensity
  • Uses colours not numbers
  • 8 key symbols provided, or print your own options
  • Magnetic tiles for easy ’pick and place’
  • Continuous scale avoids choosing the ’right answer’
  • Non-slip rubber feet
  • Mark resistant, washable contact surfaces
  • Can be cleaned with commercial disinfectants

“On a scale of one to ten, tell me how much it hurts” – fine for most people, but ask an
autistic child and there’s every chance you’ll get their ‘favourite’ number , or the one they
recognise, or no answer at all.

Better Communication

This has been a long established problem and of particular concern if a child with
autistic spectrum disorder is in a strange environment such as a hospital. The
communication of ‘how much’ is a major issue. The use of other tools such as the Wong-Baker pain scale using facial expressions simply doesn’t fill the need of the autistic child.

Improved Care

Whatz-it has come from several years experience in special education in the UK and the problems with communicating difficult concepts such as pain, when the child is in a potentially stressful situation. Using a simple device like Whatz-it, supported with specific training for the child is a gateway to improved care and more accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Graduated Colour Scale

Using a graduated colour scale from green to red allows selection of intensity rather than making a discrete choice and avoids the possibility and stress of selecting the ’right answer’.

Easy To Use

Whatz-it comes with a set of eight magnetic tiles which can be easily picked up and placed on the slider. Customised symbols can be added by the user if required.

Whatz-It SymbolsEasy-to-use Symbols

The contact surfaces and tiles are anti-microbial minimising cross infection. Whatz-it has been tested with a number of commercial hospital cleaning products.

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