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Assistive Technology       Success       Joanna Staino, Speech Therapist  Jennifer Kalbfell, Occupational TherapistLocal A...
Student Profile• 14 year old male• Participated in an O.T. program for the past  8 years• Student struggles with fine, visua...
Treatment Plan• Visual motor skills• Drill and practice• Typing• After 8 years of therapy, there was minimal  improvement ...
Initial Writing Sample
iWriteWords iPod App
iWriteWords
• Student was introduced to the app during a  30-minute therapy session• Student purchased app for his own iPod• Student u...
Handwriting Sample   2 weeks later
What made the      difference?• Student was motivated to use iPod to learn• iPod provided multi-sensory learning• App prov...
Student Profile• 18 year old female• Student has limited sight word reading• Student participates in BOCES culinary  progra...
Initial Assessment• Student was assessed on the 40 words  most commonly found in her recipes• Student was able to read 6 o...
butter
2 Weeks Later...• Student was given an assessment of the  same 40 words• Student was now able to read 31 words  consistent...
What made the       difference?• The student was able to see the word, hear  it, and see a picture of the item• The studen...
Class Profile• Self-contained class (middle school)• Reading levels range from sight word  readers to 3rd grade level reade...
Bookshare is a Digital Reader with Audio
Bookshare.org• Bookshare.org is introduced to teacher• Students are signed up for books in a digital  format• Students are...
• Students are excited to read• Teacher can provide instruction at several  levels and provide reading for all students• S...
Students onBookshare
Smartboard• Provides students with interactive learning  experiences• Multi-sensory approach, provides  opportunities for ...
Class Profile• High School Lifeskills class• 8-12 students at various skill levels• Small group instruction has greatest im...
Ipod Apps:    Time and Money• Learning how to Tell Time• Learning how to count, add, and subtract money
Apps for Time and     Money skills• Teacher provides group lesson time• Following lessons, students break into  groups of ...
Collected Data on              iPod Use•   Money/ time skills•   Student 1    9/30/10 score 5-45    12/22/10 score 15-135•...
Assistive Tech Doesn’t Have        to be HiTech:    Low Tech Solutions • Lined paper • Grips • Special pencils • Portable ...
Low Tech Levels the   Playing Field
Tying Shoes• 18 year old Lifeskills student• Requires assistance with many ADL skills,  including tying shoes• Many years ...
Low Tech Solution:  Colored Tape
Success!• Student is able to be independent• Transfer of skills to other fine motor areas  during pre-voc class noted
Students Using AT to Teach Each Other
• Students are able to use iPods, iPads,  computers, and Smartboards to reinforce  lessons from the classroom• Students ga...
Podcasting•   Students write and create podcasts as part of their class•   The podcast reinforces the lessons taught durin...
Podcasting Examples
Podcasting for           Instruction• Physical Therapist created home exercise  programs and posted them on a podcast• Pos...
Basic PE Exercises     Podcast
Student Profile•   Student is a 4th grade who is legally blind•   His sight is limited to peripheral vision•   He has diffic...
AT Classroom                Solutions•   Student was provided with a laptop for classwork and    homework•   Accessibility...
• Student was also started on Bookshare.org  where he is able to read books that he was  previously unable to due to print...
Solution• Convert books from Bookshare.org into an  audio file and download books onto iPod Touch• Because of the student’s...
Using Apps for      Speech and Language            Therapy* Articulation practice and data collection* Sentence Formulatio...
Use Apps for Tier 1    Interventions in the      Areas That Can be Targeted:               Reading Fluency                ...
Jennifer Kalbfell,jkalbfell@lakelandschools.orgJoanna Stainofstaino@lakelandschools.org
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell
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Assistive Technology in Action by Jenn Kalbfell

  1. 1. Assistive Technology Success Joanna Staino, Speech Therapist Jennifer Kalbfell, Occupational TherapistLocal Assistive Technology Specialists (LATS) Lakeland Central School District
  2. 2. Student Profile• 14 year old male• Participated in an O.T. program for the past 8 years• Student struggles with fine, visual and sensory motor skills• Impact in classroom - poor written communication
  3. 3. Treatment Plan• Visual motor skills• Drill and practice• Typing• After 8 years of therapy, there was minimal improvement in writing skills, but significant improvement in typing skills
  4. 4. Initial Writing Sample
  5. 5. iWriteWords iPod App
  6. 6. iWriteWords
  7. 7. • Student was introduced to the app during a 30-minute therapy session• Student purchased app for his own iPod• Student used the app 7 to 8 times a day• 2 weeks later.....
  8. 8. Handwriting Sample 2 weeks later
  9. 9. What made the difference?• Student was motivated to use iPod to learn• iPod provided multi-sensory learning• App provided consistent letter formation• Student was able to create motor memory for letter formations• Student has become more successful in the classroom
  10. 10. Student Profile• 18 year old female• Student has limited sight word reading• Student participates in BOCES culinary program• Classroom impact- student can not read recipes
  11. 11. Initial Assessment• Student was assessed on the 40 words most commonly found in her recipes• Student was able to read 6 out of 40 words on the first day• Student was given iPod touch with audio flash cards that included the 40 words• Flash cards included word, picture, and audio
  12. 12. butter
  13. 13. 2 Weeks Later...• Student was given an assessment of the same 40 words• Student was now able to read 31 words consistently!
  14. 14. What made the difference?• The student was able to see the word, hear it, and see a picture of the item• The student was motivated to review the vocabulary many times a day• Student’s teacher is able to use the same pictures to further reinforce the words
  15. 15. Class Profile• Self-contained class (middle school)• Reading levels range from sight word readers to 3rd grade level readers• Classroom impact- students’ struggle to read books at their interest level
  16. 16. Bookshare is a Digital Reader with Audio
  17. 17. Bookshare.org• Bookshare.org is introduced to teacher• Students are signed up for books in a digital format• Students are able to read books at grade level and or interest level
  18. 18. • Students are excited to read• Teacher can provide instruction at several levels and provide reading for all students• Students can access both books to read for pleasure and text books
  19. 19. Students onBookshare
  20. 20. Smartboard• Provides students with interactive learning experiences• Multi-sensory approach, provides opportunities for all learning styles
  21. 21. Class Profile• High School Lifeskills class• 8-12 students at various skill levels• Small group instruction has greatest impact
  22. 22. Ipod Apps: Time and Money• Learning how to Tell Time• Learning how to count, add, and subtract money
  23. 23. Apps for Time and Money skills• Teacher provides group lesson time• Following lessons, students break into groups of 1 or 2 using iPods• Teacher/aides assist students with iPods and apps• Students are engaged and feedback is immediate for the students
  24. 24. Collected Data on iPod Use• Money/ time skills• Student 1 9/30/10 score 5-45 12/22/10 score 15-135• Student 2 9/30/10 score 55-100 1/14/11 score 145-150
  25. 25. Assistive Tech Doesn’t Have to be HiTech: Low Tech Solutions • Lined paper • Grips • Special pencils • Portable keyboards • Spacers • Highlighting tape
  26. 26. Low Tech Levels the Playing Field
  27. 27. Tying Shoes• 18 year old Lifeskills student• Requires assistance with many ADL skills, including tying shoes• Many years of instruction• Student struggled for independence
  28. 28. Low Tech Solution: Colored Tape
  29. 29. Success!• Student is able to be independent• Transfer of skills to other fine motor areas during pre-voc class noted
  30. 30. Students Using AT to Teach Each Other
  31. 31. • Students are able to use iPods, iPads, computers, and Smartboards to reinforce lessons from the classroom• Students gain confidence through immediate feedback
  32. 32. Podcasting• Students write and create podcasts as part of their class• The podcast reinforces the lessons taught during group instruction• Each student is able to expand on the teachers topic• Students are able to explore the internet for information and show creativity through podcasts• Podcasts serve as visual and audio study guide• Students are able to proudly display their work on the web• Parents are able to reinforce lessons at home
  33. 33. Podcasting Examples
  34. 34. Podcasting for Instruction• Physical Therapist created home exercise programs and posted them on a podcast• Posted programs can be reinforced with parents at home• Programs can also be instructional (ex: “how to”)
  35. 35. Basic PE Exercises Podcast
  36. 36. Student Profile• Student is a 4th grade who is legally blind• His sight is limited to peripheral vision• He has difficulty reading for a sustained amount of time• Exams and classwork were enlarged on a daily basis• Student does not like using enlarged material due to the perceived negative attention it brought to him• Student wants to do what everyone else in the class is doing, and in the same way
  37. 37. AT Classroom Solutions• Student was provided with a laptop for classwork and homework• Accessibility features of contrast and zoom were set• A scanner is used to scan homework and classwork into his laptop• The student uses the Smartboard notebook software where he is able to then manipulate the size and contrast• Teacher is able to send notes to the student via this method
  38. 38. • Student was also started on Bookshare.org where he is able to read books that he was previously unable to due to print size limitations• Student was reluctant to use the laptop in the classroom to read during independent reading since no one else in the class was doing so
  39. 39. Solution• Convert books from Bookshare.org into an audio file and download books onto iPod Touch• Because of the student’s reluctance in being the only one using new technology in the classroom, 2 iPod Touches were given to the teacher for the entire class to use• Student is now anxiously awaiting his turn to use the iPod Touch for reading
  40. 40. Using Apps for Speech and Language Therapy* Articulation practice and data collection* Sentence Formulation* Answering WH questions
  41. 41. Use Apps for Tier 1 Interventions in the Areas That Can be Targeted: Reading Fluency Sight Words Spelling VocabularyMath Facts: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication Money Skills Time Skills Letter Formation And More....
  42. 42. Jennifer Kalbfell,jkalbfell@lakelandschools.orgJoanna Stainofstaino@lakelandschools.org

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