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    Assistive Technology WebQuest Assistive Technology WebQuest Presentation Transcript

    • Working with Special Needs Learners
      Inclusion of special needs learners in the general classroom requires modifications and planning
      We will look at approaches and assistive technologies for students with ADHD, auditory disabilities and mild learning disabilities
    • What is ADHD?
      • Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
      • Main Characteristics:
      • Inattention
      • Impulsivity
      • Hyperactivity
      • According to LD Online, “Up to 50 percent of children with ADHD have coexisting learning disabilities, especially in spelling, reading, writing, and math.”
    • ADHD in the Classroom
      The U.S. Department of Education suggests modifications for children with ADHD in regular education classrooms:
      Providing a structured learning environment
      Repeating and simplifying instructions about in-class and homework assignments
      Supplementing verbal instructions with visual instructions; using behavioral management techniques
      Adjusting class schedules
      Modifying test delivery
      Using tape recorders, computer-aided instruction, and other audiovisual equipment
      Selecting modified textbooks or workbooks
      Tailoring homework assignments1
      1. http://www.ldonline.org/article/5925
    • Assistive Technology for ADHD
      Building self-reliance and increasing independent work habits
      Assistive Technology tools:
      Talking computer keyboards
      Word prediction
      Screen magnifiers
      Talking computer software
      E-Dictionary2
      2. http://www.examiner.com/k-12-education-in-west-palm-beach/assistive-technology-the-classroom-for-adhd-students
    • Assistive Technology in the Classroom
      http://sped.peabody.k12.ma.us/assistive_technology_resources.htm
    • Auditory Disability in the Classroom
      Have students sit closer to the lecturer
      Look directly at the student
      Speak slowly and clearly
      Do not exaggerate your lip movements
      Give the student outlines of the lecture or written material, in advance, so that they can become familiar with new technical vocabulary
      Provide scripts of video and laser media when possible
      Use any available assistive technologies4
      4. http://www.as.wvu.edu/~scidis/hearing.html#sect2
    • Hearing Assistive Technology
      Assistive Listening Device (ALD) examples:
      Personal frequency modulation (FM) systems
      Induction Loop Systems
      One to one communicators
      Visual Systems:
      Closed-captioning TV
      Note taking
      Computerized speech recognition3
      3. http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm
    • Assistive Technology for Auditory Disability in the Classroom
      http://www.ihr.mrc.ac.uk/app/webroot/img/research/ix/5/cape75.png
      http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ENEucHWIBCU/0.jpg
    • Mild Learning Disabilities and Inclusion
      Time:
      Students with disabilities usually need more time for schoolwork and daily routines
      Distribute course syllabi and reading lists in advance5
      Organization:
      Low-tech solutions: flow charting, task analysis, webbing or networking ideas, and outlining.
      High-tech solution: outline function of word processing software
      Note Taking:
      Low-tech solution: provide copies of structured outlines for students to use in filling in information.
      High-tech solution: include optical character recognition, which is software that can transform typewritten material into computer-readable text using a scanner6
      5. http://www.disability.uiuc.edu/page.php?id=61
      6. http://www.teachervision.fen.com/assistive-technology/teaching-methods/3791.html?detoured=1
    • Conclusion
      There are many available assistive technologies for special needs learners
      There are also no-tech and low-tech approaches for students with disabilities
      Teachers must be aware of their students’ disabilities and the various approaches available to provide them with the tools to succeed