Assistive Technologyfor Students with Special Needs Tiffany Johnson ITEC 7530 Dr. A. Black
What is Assistive Technology? O Also known as “Adaptive Technology,” refers to any assistive, adaptive, or rehabilitative device for students with disabilities. O The aim of these devices are to help students develop greater independence in order to accomplish tasks that might otherwise be impossible.
What is an IEP?O Stands for: Individualized Education PlanO Students with special needs like having delayed skills or a learning disability are eligible for special services.O Parents and educators work together to develop this plan which will enable students to be successful in School.O Students with an IEP often use Assistive Technology
Who needs it?O Students who commonly may need this assistance may have: O Learning disabilities (including ADHD) O Emotional Disorders O Cognitive Challenges O Autism O Hearing or Visual Impairment
A Closer Look The ADHD ChildO Common problems with ADHD students include distractibility, inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
Strategies and Assistive Technologies for ADHDO Common approaches O Common Assistant for students with Technology Devices ADHD include: may include: behavior modification; O Timers, Stopwatches social skills training; O Portable Word Processors, PDAs, I positive PADS reinforcement; and O Computer games self-management that promote strategies that organizational and promote time management skills. organization, time- management, and completion skills.
A Closer LookThe Auditory Disabled ChildO Includes those students with:O Mild Hearing Loss - not hearing sounds below 30 decibelsO Profound Hearing Loss -not hearing sounds below 95 decibels or the inability to complete hearO There are various degrees in between
Strategies and AssistiveTechnology for Auditory DisabilityO Common Approaches O Common Devices for hearing loss may for the hearing include: disabled may include: O FM (frequency Sign Language modulation) system O Other Amplifying Translator, Pairing the Systems student with a peer O Variable Speech aid who may take recorder (can play audio bits back more notes for them, Visual slowly) Notes to accompany O Computer Aided Real Lecturing. Time Translation/ Captions, Subtitles
A Closer Look Learning Disabilities in Reading and WritingO Common symptoms are difficulty identifying letters and words, messy handwriting, incorrect and staggered reading, struggling to express ideas, and late language acquisition.
Strategies and Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing DisabilitiesO Common Approaches O Common assistive may include breaking technology may down tasks into include Audiobooks, smaller steps, written and Word and verbal Processing instruction, an Software with assisting note- taker, Audiobooks, an grammar and Spell- d Word Processing check. Software with grammar and Spell- check.
ReferencesO http://www.ldanatl.org/aboutld/parents/ld_ basics/ld.aspO http://www.medicinenet.com/learning_disa bility/page5.htmO All websites listed on the M6 Activity sheet