Assistive technology, in an educational setting, is primarily used to enhance a student’s ability to perform at least one of four functions: communication, learning, manipulation, and mobility.
Early introduction to spoken communication assists in a child’s development of essential language and social skills. It also helps with the emergence of identification and sequencing skills that are required for more complex communication.
Students must be able to access classroom materials and interact with objects in their environment.
Positioning and mobility items include adapted chairs, desks, playground equipment, walkers, and wheelchairs. These devices provide students with stability and accessibility to promote safety, independence, and a means to navigate their school environment.
Other technologies promote increased access to instructional and learning materials as well as to other activities during the day. Examples include calculators, magnifiers, tape recorders, adapted art and gym tools, page-turners, auditory trainers, etc.
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