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Assistive Technology Presentation

  1. 1. + Working With Students That Have Special Needs Jennfier Messer ITEC Module 4
  2. 2. + Scenario You are a teacher who has a few students that require you to differentiate your instruction. Three have been diagnosed with ADHD, while one has an auditory disability, and requires a special device in order to hear. In addition, you have a number of students that have mild learning disabilities that impact all areas, especially reading and writing. As you prepare for the school year, you ask yourself, "What resources do I have in order to help me meet my students' needs?"
  3. 3. + Individualized Education Plans  Before beginning the year assess your class dynamics by reviewing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)  Who should have an IEP? “A child who has difficulty learning and functioning and has been identified as a special needs student.”  A special needs student could be a students with a learning disability, emotional disorder, hearing/vision impairment, developmental delay or other challenge
  4. 4. + How to accommodate a class of diverse learning abilities?  Technology can play a key role in the classroom and help teachers to meet each students individual needs  Assistive Technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them
  5. 5. + 6 Steps to Finding a AT  Step 1: Collect child and family information. Begin the discussion about the child’s strengths, abilities, preferences and needs. What strategies have been found to work best?  Step 2: Identify activities for participation.  Step 3: What can be observed that indicates the intervention is successful? What is his/her current level of participation and what observable behaviors will reflect an increase in independent interactions? What changes (e.g., number of initiations, expression attempts, responses, reactions, etc.) will you look for?  Step 4: Brainstorm AT solutions and test the appropriate ones  Step 5: Try it out.  Step 6: Identify what worked, Re-use what worked  Examples for Mild Disabilities: Note Taking, Organization and writing
  6. 6. + Example- Non Technology Accommodation Mark’s School Day I Am Here Home Room Math Class Science Class Reading Lunch Band P.E. Language Arts History  A student with behavior disorders or autism may get overwhelmed at the unknowns of the day. Being able to know what is next and gauge his/her days progress gives a since of ownership and security to the student. Creating a visual schedule with a marker to move throughout the day may ease the anxiety caused by the school day.
  7. 7. + Examples- Technology Accommodation  Text-to-Speech Software  iPads or tablets for eBooks or App based learning  Assistive listening devices  Audio Books  ZoomText Software
  8. 8. + Accommodating a Student with Autism Small, almost unnoticeable to other students, changes can be made to accommodate the student.  Adjust teaching styles in minor ways to ease behavioral disturbances:      Have the same schedule each day Summarize a lesson before you begin instruction Avoid sarcasm and figures of speech Identify students special interest and incorporate them into the lessons Incorporate technology:  Allow student to take notes on a laptop
  9. 9. + Accommodating Students with ADHD 1. Create a seating chart and place those students with ADD or ADHD close to the teacher and the board but away from windows and doors 2. Allow students with ADD or ADHD to record instructional time. These students struggle to process oral instruction so the ability to re-listen to it may help 3. Assign students “note taking partners” to help with full content 4. Lighten the Homework load 5. Give extra time for test taking 6. Give the students with ADD or ADHD special tasks or errands to run. Getting them out of their seats and moving around will help them focus.
  10. 10. + Additional Resources  http://www.healthcentral.com/autism/c/1443/156580/accom modate-autism/  http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1664.html

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