Tools for Learning<br />Using AT in the classroom<br />
What is Assistive Techonology (AT)<br />Assistive technology is any device or process that helps a person with disabilitie...
When to use AT<br />Whenever a child is struggling in learning material or mastering tools for learning, AT needs to becom...
Determining a child’s AT needs<br />Students with more severe disabilities will need to have an Individual Education Plan ...
How to locate AT resources<br />Some types of AT are easily found and implemented, such as allowing a child with ADHD to u...
Adapting to a Child’s Play Stage<br />http://letsplay.buffalo.edu/toys/how-we-grow/how-we-grow.htm<br />This site describe...
Students will Visual Disabilities<br />http://www.edutopia.org/technology-visually-impaired-video<br />This video highligh...
Students with Auditory Disabilities<br />http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm<br />This site lists...
Students with Mild Disabilities<br />http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-1/assistive.htm<br />This website lists low-technolog...
Other Resources<br />There are many websites devoted to helping families cope with disabilities and find ways to overcome ...
Overcoming learning disabilities is a dynamic process, one that may change with a child’s developmental stage, influence f...
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  1. 1. Tools for Learning<br />Using AT in the classroom<br />
  2. 2. What is Assistive Techonology (AT)<br />Assistive technology is any device or process that helps a person with disabilities perform tasks that they were previously unable to perform, or had difficulty performing <br />Assistive devices are those tools that help people, while assistive services are what helps people locate those tools and learn to use them.<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technology<br />
  3. 3. When to use AT<br />Whenever a child is struggling in learning material or mastering tools for learning, AT needs to become a part of the child’s educational process.<br />When deciding to use AT, it is important to use the least restrictive environment possible. This means keeping the child with his/her peers and using the same curriculum as much as possible<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Least_Restrictive_Environment<br />
  4. 4. Determining a child’s AT needs<br />Students with more severe disabilities will need to have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) – a collaborative plan created by the child’s parents, teachers, and other professionals (such as a physical therapist).<br />Once the IEP has been created, you may start to look for AT that will fit in with the IEP and your classroom resources.<br />http://www.ldonline.org/article/8088<br />http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/iep.html<br />
  5. 5. How to locate AT resources<br />Some types of AT are easily found and implemented, such as allowing a child with ADHD to use noise-dampening earphones during quiet reading time.<br />Many times though, a student’s needs will force you to be creative and search out help. The following slides outline some websites that may be of use in discovering different ATs.<br />
  6. 6. Adapting to a Child’s Play Stage<br />http://letsplay.buffalo.edu/toys/how-we-grow/how-we-grow.htm<br />This site describes activities that can be used in a child’s current developmental stage to help him/her get to the next stage.<br />The activities are meant to engage the student on his/her level while promoting thoughtful learning and expanding the skills being mastered.<br />
  7. 7. Students will Visual Disabilities<br />http://www.edutopia.org/technology-visually-impaired-video<br />This video highlights some tools used by the school to assist students will varying visual disability.<br />An electronic “reader” is used that can read text on a computer screen out loud to a student.<br />A software program translates text to braille and is then printed out using a special printer.<br />Images can be turned tactile using a special machine that “raises” ink so the image can be felt on the paper.<br />
  8. 8. Students with Auditory Disabilities<br />http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm<br />This site lists a number of listening devices ranging from simple hearing aids to microphones that can be tuned to a frequency picked up by a hearing aid.<br />Specialized products for children are listed, as well as resources for learning to use them and finding people that can help.<br />
  9. 9. Students with Mild Disabilities<br />http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-1/assistive.htm<br />This website lists low-technology strategies to improve learning outcomes and attention in students with mild disabilities.<br />Organization, multimedia tools, and tips on effective note-taking are listed as Assistive Technologies.<br />
  10. 10. Other Resources<br />There are many websites devoted to helping families cope with disabilities and find ways to overcome them. Here are a few:<br />http://www.fctd.info/resources<br />http://www.gpat.org/resources.aspx?PageReq=GPATImp<br />http://www.synapseadaptive.com/edmark/prod/tw/default.htm<br />http://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology-enabling-dreams-video<br />
  11. 11. Overcoming learning disabilities is a dynamic process, one that may change with a child’s developmental stage, influence from peers, new technologies, or progression of a disease. It is important to reevaluate the student’s learning outcome regularly to make sure that the student has the best chance possible for a positive and rewarding learning experience.<br />

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