Assistive Technology for Communication Disorders

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  • 3:15 Importance of A.T.
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Instructor: Jennifer Moon
Students with communication disorders often have difficulty participating in classroom activities because of their inability to make simple needs and wants known. This article discusses tools and assistive technologies that can be used in the classroom for students with communication disorders.

Communication Disorders

Sarah is a kindergartner this year. Her speech is really hard to understand, and her parents and IEP team are worried that teachers won't be able to understand her. Jay has recently had an injury that has caused hearing loss in one ear. He's found that his grades have been dropping as a result. The reason both students are having issues in the classroom is because they have communication disorders. Communication disorders refer to problems in how a person understands, expresses, or interacts with verbal and non-verbal language.

A.T. for Communication Disorders

Assistive technology, also known as A.T., is any tool, whether high tech or low tech, that supplements a person's inability to perform tasks, such as communicate, through the application of technology. Assistive technology for people with communication disorders may include any object, be it paper and pen or a tablet that generates spoken words at the push of a button, that assists a person in participating more efficiently in communication. In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at some examples of how assistive technology might improve communication in a K-12 classroom.

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