RSCC Overview 2014 - Assistive Technology for Kids

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LTVEC Assistive Technology Center
Janice Reese OT/L, ATP
www.at4kids.com website
[email protected] email
Overview of Assistive Technology (AT)
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Helps a person who has a disability to do something he
otherwise cannot do.
 Can be anything from a simple device such as a
magnifying glass to a complex device like a
computerized communication system.
 Other names that described AT are:
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Adaptive Equipment
 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
 Accommodations
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Assistive Technology
SETT
FRAMEWORK
SETT
 STUDENT
 ENVIRONMENT
 TASK
 TOOLS
Considerations
 Cognitive level
 Academic level
 Vision, hearing
 Self-care skills
 Recreation/play/leisure skills
 Environmental access
 Physical abilities…
 Mobility, hand function, head control
access
support
participation
The Book/ Reading Center
RF.PK.1a Handle books respectfully and
appropriately, right side up and turning pages one
at a time, front to back
REVISED FOUR YEAR OLD STANDARDS:
READING FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS (PK)
W.PK.6. With guidance and support from adults,
explore a variety of tools to convert oral messages and
ideas into words and pictures
REVISED FOUR YEAR
OLD STANDARDS:
PRODUCTION AND
DISTRIBUTION OF
WRITING (PK)
PD.PK.5 Experiment with handheld tools to
develop strength, control, and dexterity of small
muscles
REVISED FOUR
YEAR OLD
STANDARDS:
PHYSICAL
DEVELOPMENT
STANDARDS (PK)
More Art…..
Circle (large rug) Area
SE.PK.6 Initiate play and interact positively with
another child or children
REVISED FOUR YEAR
OLD STANDARDS:
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL
STANDARDS (PK)
Adapted Play Activities
The Computer Station
Sample Book Adaptations
 Protecting books: laminate, contact paper, zipper bags,
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page protectors
Oversizing: magnify copy size, scan and resize, paste page
onto larger background paper
Altering text: adding sign language or PCS symbols,
reversing color contrast or simplifying text
Adding sensory components: 3-d pictures, textures, smells,
stuffed animals or props, glitter, adding Braille over text
with transparency tape, copying book pages onto
transparencies and using a light box
Adding activity components: games, songs, art activities
Adapting for access and handling: page fluffers, 3-ring
binders, comb bindings, large handles or pulls
Tech Accommodations
 Digital text options
 TTS
 Screenreaders
 Voice dictation
 Keyboarding options
 Adapted interfaces
 Integrated computer accessibility features
 High-tech SGD’s
Resources
 www.at4kids.com
 www.livebinders.com
 www.atbar.org
 http://aim.cast.org
 www.taat.org
 http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com
 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-
us/windows7/products/features/accessibility
 http://aim.cast.org/learn/e-resources/softwarebased/screenreaders_tts#.VA22lvldWSq

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