Assistive Technology•Assistive Technology includes assistive, adaptive, and other devices for individuals with a disability. It allows them to be able to perform tasks that they usually cannot accomplish or had difficulty accomplishing in a relatively decent amount of time. This technology provides enhanced abilities to complete assignments with the usage of these particular technological tasks.
Examples of Assistive Technology•Raised line paper•Enlarged test•Touch Screen•Picture Software•Tape Recorder•Post it notes
What classifies a special needs student?• Broad legislative category referring to all students identified as needing special assistance to achieve educational equity, e.g., the disabled, the disadvantaged, those seeking nontraditional careers, limited English speakers http://www.education.com/definition/special-needs-students/
The discrepancy between Differentiation andModification• Differentiation – obtaining the understanding of the content from different perspectives. Examples: a lesson’s assignment for the same class period can be given in the forms of: worksheets, hands- on, and discussion• Modification - changing the presentation of the assignment to acquire success for a student. An example is a summative assignment (a test) is given with 30 questions. A student who cannot finish the test gets a modified version with 25 questions, so they are able to finish.
Resources/Ideas to consider for teaching astudent with ADHD or ADD….• Clarification of ADHD – a student • Task ideas: keep student who has attention deficit interested (hands on activities) hyperactivity disorder or attention deficit disorder • Examples: Math – apply the lesson to using manipulative (algebra blocks).• Ideas/ resources: English, Social Studies, and Science – • Idea: Start a routine for the student: for allow student to draw illustrations to example, have an assignment or task to begin the class in order to give the show understanding of the concept. student no down time Ex. Drawing a food pyramid for life • Idea: Establish the rules of the science. classroom: be firm but considerate • Apply concepts towards the student’s • Idea: peer tutor/mentor – allow another interests student to help the student along with note-taking and understanding of concepts • Small group testing (limit distractions) • Read testing materials and questions (if needed)http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/4039-3.html
Resources/Ideas to consider for teaching astudent who has an auditory disability….• Clarification – a student who is unable to hear clearly. They hear little to no sound• Resource/Ideas to accommodate: • provide student with lecture notes along with explanation and steps, then provide examples for them to work. • Allow peer tutoring for communicating (probably through notes) when teacher is unavailable • Provide student with a board to communicate with peers/teacher with questions or comments • Usage of a computer that provides touch-screen ability to maneuver objects or words to help with understanding the concept
Resources/Ideas to consider for teaching astudent who are MILD learning disabilities….• Ideas/Resources: • The usage of a thesaurus and dictionary • Microsoft word for spell and grammar check • Idea: allow student(s) to write on something of interest to them • Provide calculator usage in mathematics and science (if needed) • Provide a copy of notes – these children are typically not good note takers • Small group testing • Verbal testing
Technology Resources • http://etc.usf.edu/ss/ss912.htm• http://www.compasslearning.com/ • Provides lesson plans and activities for • Provides students the opportunity to each subject see and hear problems worked step by step (breaks it down more thoroughly) – good for mild learning disabilities: good for all subjects • http://tewt.org/ • Provides opportunities to learn how to give presentations, hold proper discussion, how to write papers, and example activities: good for all subjects – especially ENGLISH • http://www.explorelearning.com/ • Provides the ability to play and learn at the same time. It comes with student assessments and exploration guide to help students step by step: good for math and science
Conclusion• All accommodations do not work for everyone. They need to be tested and data needs to be received from each accommodation to see which ones make the student most successful. Some students may require more assistance than others. When teaching these students, it takes time and patience. You have to be willing to work diligently with them.