2MNPS AT- Department Gerry Altieri- Exceptional Education Coordinator Heather Blalock- Speech-Language PathologistDanielle Campbell- Speech-Language PathologistJames Claxton- Occupational TherapistJanelle Heathman- Occupational TherapistVikki Vaughan- Vision SpecialistWe are located at : Academy at Old Cockrill610 49th Ave North room 107x9
3What is Assistive Technology? “Assistive technology is any tool or device that a student with a disability uses to do a task that he or she could not otherwise do without it or any tool that a student uses to do a task more easily, faster, or in a better way.”“It can be a simple “low tech” device such as a pencil grip or an expensive “high tech” device such as a computer”( WATI- 2005)
4Types of Assistive Technology CommunicationMotor Aspects of WritingComputer AccessVisionHearingMobilityRecreation/LeisureLearning/StudyingElectronic Aids for Daily LivingReadingMathComposing Written Material
5Computer Access“Computer access is a term a describing a group of devices that allows an individual to operate the computer who would otherwise not be able to do so. Special devices provide access to computers for individuals who can not use the standard keyboard.”The Occupational Therapist is typically the most knowledgeable service provider when it comes to computer access.
7Writing“Writing involves the physical ability to produce written language (motor aspects) and the cognitive ability to put words together to create written expression (composing).The Occupational Therapist is often the most knowledgeable service provider when the question is about motor aspects of writing. The Special Education Teacher or Speech-Language Pathologist may be helpful with composing.
8Writing continued… Pencil grips Adapted paper Slantboard Portable word processor (Alphasmart, Dana, Neo)Pocket dictionary / thesaurusTalking word processor (Write-out- Loud)Word processing with writing support (Co-Writer)
9Communication“Augmentative and alternative communication is a term used to describe items that are used to help a person communicate when their spoken communication is not effective.”
10Communication continued….. The Speech-Language Pathologist is the most knowledgeable about augmentative communication.
11Examples of Augmentative Communication: Communication board/book with pictures/objects/letters/words.Eye gaze boardSimple voice output device (Big Mack; Talkables; Cheap Talk)Voice output devices with levels (Laptop Communicator; Communication Builder)“High-tech”/Dynamic display voice output devices (Dynavox; SpringBoard; Vantage;Tango!)
12When is it appropriate?Substantial difference between the child’s receptive language and ability to expressively communicateSignificant delay in expressive language that substantially interferes with overall functional communication.Speech is unintelligible.
13Reading, Studying, and Math…. Examples: Adapted books (page fluffers)Changing text size/colorUse of pictures with text.Books on tapePicture schedulesBig key/talking calculators
14Recreation and Leisure “Assistive technology for recreation and leisure can be a variety of things from adapted toys to computer games.”Switch toys; appropriate softwarePT is helpful to adapt PE classes.OT is helpful to adapt art classes and lunch.
15How do I request an AT consult for a student? If you have already consulted with the appropriate service providers within your building, and still need assistance, ….. it may be time for an AT consult.Think in the following terms…”In which area or what task do I want the student to make gains?”
16Continued… Complete an ICR form and attach current IEP If communication related- please complete with SLPIf fine motor relate-please complete with OTComplete AT consideration formSend information to Linda Tribue-Barbee at Academy at Old Cockrill Room 110.