Technology Solutions for Early Childhood Symposium- Activity 3: This is Assistive Technology (2016)
There are numerous studies in early childhood that show that AT can have a positive impact in just a short amount of time, yet research and anecdotal data still show the underutilization of technology.
Leverage the ever expanding category of helpful items in the category of assistive technology to help young children with disabilities be included, grow, and learn. We can do this by:
• Increasing and/or expanding our understanding of what assistive technology for children ages birth to 5 looks like.
• Providing leadership at an administrative level about what, when, where, why, and how to document AT in the IFSP and IEP.
Common Myths About AT
Yes, this is assistive technology. Often under documented in the context of assistive technology, visual supports, sensory supports, and behavior supports can all fall in the category of assistive technology.
Whether paper systems we print and cut out, written or drawn on a white board, or as an iPad app, visual supports are often lifelong tools for many children with disabilities.
On the other end of the technology spectrum we would also consider tablets, computers, and robotics to be assistive technology if it helps a child do something they could not do without it.