An Overview of Assistive Technology

Because students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities are considered an at-risk group, and I recently wrapped up my alternative practicum with the Learning Disabilities Association, I decided it would be a good idea to share some of the resources and documents that I have been working on over the past few weeks. Much of this information will be used in the organization’s upcoming workshops, many of which are designed to introduce parents, students, and teachers to the types of assistive technology devices that are available for use in the classroom.

So, what is assistive technology? Assistive technology (according to the team at understood.org) refers to any device, tool, program, or system of support that helps a student with a learning disability to work with their personal academic difficulties in order to succeed at school. While many options are found on a computer, tablet/Ipad or other mobile device, it is important to remember that not all assistive technology requires a great deal of technological support or knowledge.

There are numerous ways that assistive technology can improve the academic lives of students with special needs. For example, it can provide or assist with:

• Reading comprehension
• Attention maintenance over a period of time
• Organization
• Aide for students who have vision and/or hearing impairments
• Students with dyscalculia or other Math-related difficulties
• Note-taking
• Homework completion and productivity
• Studying
• Writing and researching
• And much, much more!

 

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