Students with Special Needs<br />How can we help<br />
Who are these students<br />These students can be identified in several ways.<br />Some of these students have 504 accommodation plans<br />While some actually have IEPs (Individual Education plans)<br />You may also have some students who have fallen between the cracks and have neither but are in need of help<br />
Inclusion<br />You may have an inclusion class that has several of these students in there.<br />Another teacher will be provided to assist with the everyday classroom activities with these students.<br />By having inclusion classrooms students with disabilities are provided with the least restricted environment to learn in.<br />This basically means that they have the opportunity to learn in the same classroom with students without disabilities. <br />
Ways to help<br />There are several ways to help aid students with disabilities and in today's classroom many of these ways involve technologies. <br />The next few slides will explain some of the technologies that are available to assist these students.<br />
Students with problems moving a mouse on the computer<br />A simple low cost way to give students the ability to create a touch screen on their computer is the TouchWindow. This product allows students who have trouble moving a mouse the chance to work their computer by simply touching the screen<br />http://www.synapseadaptive.com/edmark/prod/tw/default.htm <br />
Students with hearing trouble<br />FM systems – These can allow students to hear a lecture and not have to listen to other outside noises making it difficult for them to hear.<br />Induction loop systems – A hearing system that allows students with special hearing aids to have the classroom noise more focused.<br />http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm <br />
Writing devices<br />There are several devices that can aid students in writing. Students who can not write due to physical disabilities can be provided with a number of word processing devices so they can get their information into a written form<br />Some of the most popular of these devices are the alpha smart and the neo.<br />Georgia Project for Assistive Technology <br />http://www.gpat.org/resources.aspx?PageReq=GPATImp <br />
Closing<br />While this is just a brief introduction of just a few of the technologies available to assist students with disabilities there are a wide array of other available. Some helpful information on what type of devices to choose can be found at the following websites<br />Guidelines to choosing Assistive Technology <br />http://www.ldonline.org/article/8088 <br />
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