Technology based intervention for special needs


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By Manisha Mohan at the Tata Learning Disability Forum (TDLF), 2013.
The Forum for Learning Disabilities centred on the theme ‘Learning Disabilities – a more inclusive perspective’. The forum this year included in its purview three additional Learning Disabilities (LD), namely Specific Learning Disability (SpLD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

In line with the TATA Group’s corporate sustainability endeavors, TIS initiated the Tata Learning Disability Forum (TLDF) in 2006 to ensure that students with special education needs receive the required attention as well as to spread awareness about LD which had been receiving scant attention in India. Since then, via the TLDF platform, TIS has been successful in generating an increased level of awareness and enabling progress in remediation activities for students with LD.

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Technology based intervention for special needs

  1. 1. Technology Based Interventions for Special Needs Manisha Mohan Tata Interactive Systems
  2. 2. Tata Interactive SystemsGlobal leader in learning solutionsPart of the $100bn Tata Group22 years experience across domainsPresence in India, US, UK, Europe, Middle East900+ multidisciplinary specialistsWinner of 65 international industry awards for design and innovation
  3. 3. Learning Disability & TIS Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) has been supporting the cause of Learning Disability (LD) since 2002, the primary focus being:• Providing funding and support to the LD Clinic• Bringing together thought leaders through a common forum (TLDF)• Promoting equal education rights for children with special education needs• Developing technological products for early detection and remediation of LD-certified children• Encouraging, enabling and empowering the LD students to succeed in life
  4. 4. Why Technology for Learning DisabilityIs highly engaging for special needs childrenAccessible in locations where special educators do not existTakes away the repetitive tasks for teachersStandardizes assessment and remediation
  5. 5. ReportageAssessment Teacher IEP Creation Training Remediation Assistive Devices
  6. 6. Assessment & Remediation Individualized Tracking & Assessment Remediation Reportage Education Plan• Software based • Software based • Game/activity •Software based screeners help IEP creation based remedial assessments can separate tools can help software can be be used to children who are reduce the time tailored for quickly have LD from it takes to set different levels identify problem other struggling objectives and of learners and areas and learners, as well assign activities, educational as help isolate and also allow standards. They track the child’s the type and educators to could provide progress extent of LD track the child’s personalized, individually progress more self paced as well as effectively. learning, with relative to class positive performance. reinforcement and engagement.
  7. 7. AssessmentSoftware based intervention helps in accuratedetection, enable tracking of scores and facilitatemeasurement, evaluation and improvement. Dyscalculia Screener
  8. 8. Accurate ReportageReports could be generated individually or vis-à-visclass performanceDyscalculia Screener
  9. 9. RemediationCan be highly engaging for children with special needs,therefore– is also non threatening and provides positivereinforcementNumber track – Remedial Toolfor Dyscalculia
  10. 10. RemediationTechnology makes repetitive tasks interesting,therefore supports practice and skill buildingAlphabet Track
  11. 11. Remediation Technology can be built on typical mistakes made by learners. Word track – Remedial ToolLook, Say, Remember for Dyscalculia
  12. 12. Result
  13. 13. RemediationType & Check
  14. 14. Why Technology for Learning DisabilityIt can help people with learning disabilities communicate,learn, make concepts real. It can help to organise thinkingand memory.
  15. 15. Teacher control, close monitoring
  16. 16. Graded levels of difficulty
  17. 17. Personalization
  18. 18. Close monitoring
  19. 19. Teacher TrainingAwarenessIdentificationBenchmarksInformal and Formal AssessmentsTeaching Strategies both whole group and individualExamples of remedial exercisesClassroom management techniques
  20. 20. DemosNumber TrackWord TrackIdiom Track
  21. 21. Thank you!