This online course provides a sequenced training on using assistive technology (AT) with young children birth to age five in order to increase their participation in typical early childhood settings. Topics covered include types of AT, evaluating functional use of AT, using AT for communication and emergent literacy and making adaptations. You will need to complete the course within a four week time period.
Participants will be able to:
Module 1: Overview of Assistive Technology
- Explore the legal basis for providing assistive technology (AT) to children
- Examine the types of AT used with young children
- Describe the routines, activities and environments in which AT can be used
- Identify recommended practices for using AT with young children
Module 2: Determining the need for Assistive
Technology/integrating into activities
- Describe ways to identify how AT may assist a child
- Define universal design for all children
- Determine how to monitor whether a trial device is effective
- Examine the use of AT in existing routines and functional activities using a collaborative approach.
Module 3: Communicating using Assistive Technology
- Examine the types of AT used for communication
- Discuss communication message selection
- Explore integration of opportunities to communicate into existing activities in home, school, child care and community settings.
Module 4: Emergent Literacy
- Define research based strategies for developing literacy skills in children using AAC
- Explain the importance of developing literacy skills in children with disabilities
- Develop strategies to increase a child’s ability to participate in literacy activities
Module 5: Practical Strategies
- Discuss switch selection and use for children who are developmentally delayed
- Explore adaptations to common play materials
- Identify devices and adaptations that allow children to access the computer
- Examine hands-on directions and activities to develop adapted materials
Early Intervention staff and Early Childhood teachers, and parents
Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.