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1 An Overview of Assistive Technology

2 MNPS AT- Department Gerry Altieri- Exceptional Education Coordinator Gerry Altieri- Exceptional Education Coordinator Heather Blalock- Speech-Language Pathologist Heather Blalock- Speech-Language Pathologist Danielle Campbell- Speech-Language Pathologist Danielle Campbell- Speech-Language Pathologist James Claxton- Occupational Therapist James Claxton- Occupational Therapist Janelle Heathman- Occupational Therapist Janelle Heathman- Occupational Therapist Vikki Vaughan- Vision Specialist Vikki Vaughan- Vision Specialist We are located at : Academy at Old Cockrill We are located at : Academy at Old Cockrill th Ave North room th Ave North room x x9

3 What 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. 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 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) ( WATI- 2005)

4 Types of Assistive Technology Communication Communication Motor Aspects of Writing Motor Aspects of Writing Computer Access Computer Access Vision Vision Hearing Hearing Mobility Mobility Recreation/Leisure Recreation/Leisure Learning/Studying Learning/Studying Electronic Aids for Daily Living Electronic Aids for Daily Living Reading Reading Math Math Composing Written Material Composing Written Material

5 Computer 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. 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. The Occupational Therapist is typically the most knowledgeable service provider when it comes to computer access.

6 Computer Access continued….. Alternative mouse/touch screen Alternative mouse/touch screen Alternative keyboard Alternative keyboard Switch w/ scanning Switch w/ scanning On-screen keyboards On-screen keyboards Voice recognition software Voice recognition software

7 Writing Writing involves the physical ability to produce written language (motor aspects) and the cognitive ability to put words together to create written expression (composing). 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. 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.

8 Writing continued… Pencil grips Pencil grips Adapted paper Adapted paper Slantboard Slantboard Portable word processor (Alphasmart, Dana, Neo) Portable word processor (Alphasmart, Dana, Neo) Pocket dictionary / thesaurus Pocket dictionary / thesaurus Talking word processor (Write- out- Loud) Talking word processor (Write- out- Loud) Word processing with writing support (Co-Writer) Word processing with writing support (Co-Writer)

9 Communication 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. 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.

10 Communication continued….. The Speech-Language Pathologist is the most knowledgeable about augmentative communication. The Speech-Language Pathologist is the most knowledgeable about augmentative communication.

11 Examples of Augmentative Communication: Communication board/book with pictures/objects/letters/words. Communication board/book with pictures/objects/letters/words. Eye gaze board Eye gaze board Simple voice output device (Big Mack; Talkables; Cheap Talk) Simple voice output device (Big Mack; Talkables; Cheap Talk) Voice output devices with levels (Laptop Communicator; Communication Builder) Voice output devices with levels (Laptop Communicator; Communication Builder) High-tech/Dynamic display voice output devices (Dynavox; SpringBoard; Vantage;Tango!) High-tech/Dynamic display voice output devices (Dynavox; SpringBoard; Vantage;Tango!)

12 When is it appropriate? Substantial difference between the childs receptive language and ability to expressively communicate Substantial difference between the childs receptive language and ability to expressively communicate Significant delay in expressive language that substantially interferes with overall functional communication. Significant delay in expressive language that substantially interferes with overall functional communication. Speech is unintelligible. Speech is unintelligible.

13 Reading, Studying, and Math…. Examples: Adapted books (page fluffers) Adapted books (page fluffers) Changing text size/color Changing text size/color Use of pictures with text. Use of pictures with text. Books on tape Books on tape Picture schedules Picture schedules Big key/talking calculators Big key/talking calculators

14 Recreation and Leisure Assistive technology for recreation and leisure can be a variety of things from adapted toys to computer games. Assistive technology for recreation and leisure can be a variety of things from adapted toys to computer games. Switch toys; appropriate software Switch toys; appropriate software PT is helpful to adapt PE classes. PT is helpful to adapt PE classes. OT is helpful to adapt art classes and lunch. OT is helpful to adapt art classes and lunch.

15 How 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. 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? Think in the following terms…In which area or what task do I want the student to make gains?

16 Continued… Complete an ICR form and attach current IEP Complete an ICR form and attach current IEP If communication related- please complete with SLP If communication related- please complete with SLP If fine motor relate-please complete with OT If fine motor relate-please complete with OT Complete AT consideration form Complete AT consideration form Send information to Linda Tribue-Barbee at Academy at Old Cockrill Room 110. Send information to Linda Tribue-Barbee at Academy at Old Cockrill Room 110.


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