Ablenet All-Turn-It Spinner review
This awesome tool helps disabled kids play dice games
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Finding activities that my son, who has spastic quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, can do with my family of five can be tricky. Whether we are getting out together and exploring a new place or hanging out at home, I am constantly on the lookout for tools that make our lives easier and more fun.
I was thrilled when I discovered the All-Turn-It Spinner by Ablenet. By replacing rolling dice with a button-activated spinner, it’s a great way to play board games on even ground. My other two children, my husband, and I are always happy to assist my son who has disabilities, but he prefers to participate as independently as possible. Products that encourage him to be self-sufficient help him learn and grow, but they also give him more confidence.
About the All-Turn-it Spinner
Ablenet’s goal is to help individuals with disabilities “lead productive and fulfilling lives.” The All-Turn-It Spinner, which is has a 13-inch diameter and is 2 inches thick, helps people with mobility challenges play board games. It’s perfect for games of chance, like Monopoly, Clue, and Sorry, or games where players have to make specific decisions.
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What I like
It’s easy to use
Once you plug in two C batteries, you are ready to start playing. Two legs pop up in the back, making it simple to prop the device on a table. Its large face is easy to see, so there is no confusion over where the spinner lands.
The red button on the front of the All-Turn-It Spinner activates with a slight touch, so it doesn’t take much effort to push when it’s your turn. With the press of a button, both the spinner and inner ring rotate so the results are always completely random. As easy as it is for my son to use, our entire family prefers using the spinner instead of having to constantly pick up dice that might accidentally fall to the floor.
To make it easier for my son to play, we attach an external button that connects with a wire to a port on the side of the device. It also has an input to connect a receiver that activates a wireless button. This allows the switch to be passed around the table from player to player.
Most games can be accommodated
The inner ring, where the spinner is located, works well for any game with one die. Games involving two dice can be played by using both the inner ring and outer ring. In addition to games of chance involving six choices, you can also play games with more specific options.
The outer ring can be flipped to reveal a white board that can be written on with a dry erase marker with options aside from numbers one through six. For example, if a game has a spinner with three choices (“one, two, and three” or “red, yellow, and green”), we write those choices on the spinner and get playing. When you are done, simply wipe down the dry erase board and set it aside for next time.
The Ablenet All-Turn-It Spinner is solid and reliable. We’ve had it for a couple of years now and have never had any issues. The spinner is built to last through many years of gameplay.
What I don’t like
At $145, the price of the All-Turn-It Spinner is steep, especially if you add in the cost of an optional external button switch (around $80). Adaptive equipment is often expensive, which can be challenging for families with children who have disabilities and already have additional costs for medical equipment, home modifications, therapy, and doctor appointments.
Should you buy the Ablenet All-Turn-It spinner?
Yes, if you have the funds, it’s definitely worth having.
We were lucky and received reimbursement for the spinner from a state program, so we didn’t have to spend our own money. I am glad we were able to obtain it. We play board games a lot more often than before we got it, and I love that we can all get in on the fun.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.