Individualized Education Program (IEP) — to help kids succeed in school. The IEP describes the goals the team sets for a child during the school year, as well as any special support needed to help achieve them.
Assistive Technology---includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
Step 1: Collect child and family information. Step 2: Identify activities for participation. Step 3: What can be observed that indicates the intervention is successful? Step 4: Brainstorm AT solutions. Step 5: Try it out. Step 6: Identify what worked.
Math Software and Gadgets: Electronic math worksheet software Talking calculators Reading Software and Gadgets: Audio books and reading software Optical character recognition (OCR) programs Speech synthesizers/screen reader systems Writing Software and Gadgets: Portable word processors Speech-recognition programs Word-prediction software
Hearing Assistive Technology Systems (HATS) are devices that can help you function better in your day-to-day communication situations. HATS can be used with or without hearing aids or cochlear implants to make hearing easier—and thereby reduce stress and fatigue.
Word Processing: word processors allow teachers to make suggestions on the students disk. If computers are networked, students can read each others work and make recommendations for revision. Computer editing also reduces or eliminates problems such as multiple erasures, torn papers, and poor handwriting. The final copy is neat and legible.
Application Program Software instructing students through tutorials, drill and practice, problem solving, and simulations. Prompting and scheduling through PDAs, pagers, and Internet software also can assist students in remembering assignments or important tasks.
Inclusion: is a term which expresses commitment to educate each child, to the maximum extent appropriate, in the school and classroom he or she would otherwise attend. It involves bringing the support services to the child (rather than moving the child to the services) and requires only that the child will benefit from being in the class (rather than having to keep up with the other students). Proponents of inclusion generally favor newer forms of education service delivery.
Least restrictive environment: means that a student who has a disability should have the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled peers, to the greatest extent appropriate. They should have access to the general education curriculum, or any other program that non-disabled peers would be able to access. The student should be provided with supplementary aids and services necessary to achieve educational goals if placed in a setting with non-disabled peers.