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Assistive Technology WebQuest

  1. 1. Working with Special Needs Learners <br />Inclusion of special needs learners in the general classroom requires modifications and planning<br />We will look at approaches and assistive technologies for students with ADHD, auditory disabilities and mild learning disabilities <br />
  2. 2. What is ADHD?<br /><ul><li>Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
  3. 3. Main Characteristics:
  4. 4. Inattention
  5. 5. Impulsivity
  6. 6. Hyperactivity
  7. 7. According to LD Online, “Up to 50 percent of children with ADHD have coexisting learning disabilities, especially in spelling, reading, writing, and math.”</li></li></ul><li>ADHD in the Classroom<br /> The U.S. Department of Education suggests modifications for children with ADHD in regular education classrooms:<br />Providing a structured learning environment<br />Repeating and simplifying instructions about in-class and homework assignments<br />Supplementing verbal instructions with visual instructions; using behavioral management techniques<br />Adjusting class schedules<br />Modifying test delivery<br />Using tape recorders, computer-aided instruction, and other audiovisual equipment<br />Selecting modified textbooks or workbooks<br />Tailoring homework assignments1<br />1.<br />
  8. 8. Assistive Technology for ADHD<br />Building self-reliance and increasing independent work habits<br />Assistive Technology tools:<br />Talking computer keyboards<br />Word prediction<br />Screen magnifiers<br />Talking computer software<br />E-Dictionary2<br />2.<br />
  9. 9. Assistive Technology in the Classroom<br /><br />
  10. 10. Auditory Disability in the Classroom<br />Have students sit closer to the lecturer <br />Look directly at the student <br />Speak slowly and clearly <br />Do not exaggerate your lip movements <br />Give the student outlines of the lecture or written material, in advance, so that they can become familiar with new technical vocabulary <br />Provide scripts of video and laser media when possible <br />Use any available assistive technologies4<br />4.<br />
  11. 11. Hearing Assistive Technology<br />Assistive Listening Device (ALD) examples:<br />Personal frequency modulation (FM) systems<br />Induction Loop Systems<br />One to one communicators<br />Visual Systems:<br />Closed-captioning TV<br />Note taking<br />Computerized speech recognition3<br />3.<br />
  12. 12. Assistive Technology for Auditory Disability in the Classroom<br /><br /><br />
  13. 13. Mild Learning Disabilities and Inclusion<br />Time:<br />Students with disabilities usually need more time for schoolwork and daily routines<br />Distribute course syllabi and reading lists in advance5<br />Organization:<br />Low-tech solutions: flow charting, task analysis, webbing or networking ideas, and outlining. <br />High-tech solution: outline function of word processing software <br />Note Taking:<br />Low-tech solution: provide copies of structured outlines for students to use in filling in information. <br />High-tech solution: include optical character recognition, which is software that can transform typewritten material into computer-readable text using a scanner6<br />5.<br />6.<br />
  14. 14. Conclusion<br />There are many available assistive technologies for special needs learners<br />There are also no-tech and low-tech approaches for students with disabilities<br />Teachers must be aware of their students’ disabilities and the various approaches available to provide them with the tools to succeed<br />