Ch 5: Assistive Technology for Students' Specific Needs

About This Chapter

There are many different types of learning disabilities and disorders that you might encounter in your teaching career. These brief but informative lessons can help you understand the various assistive technology programs available that address specific types of special need.

Assistive Technology for Students' Specific Needs - Chapter Summary

Assistive technology is not a 'one size fits all' option for students with disabilities or special learning needs. There are a number of different technologies and approaches that can enhance students' learning experience and capabilities. With these lessons, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how to evaluate and employ certain assistive technologies to address specific disabilities, from autism to visual impairment. Once you have completed your review of these resources, you should be able to employ assessment and instructional strategies that will help you select and use assistive technologies for the following:

  • Intellectual disabilities
  • ADHD and autism
  • Dysgraphia and dyslexia
  • Hearing and visual impairments
  • Communication disorders
  • Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy
  • Mobility and orthopedic impairments
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Functionally nonverbal students
  • Gifted and talented students
  • Quadriplegic students and those with multiple disabilities

In addition, you'll cover technology for English language learners as well as study an overview of assistive technology and its uses and importance. Short and engaging lessons make it easy to learn this material, and self-assessment quizzes allow you to determine how much you've learned and what you might want to review further.

How It Helps

  • Increases awareness: Enhances your understanding of the assistive technology forms available to support your current teaching strategies.
  • Reduces technophobia: Helps to make you more comfortable with understanding and using technology in the classroom.
  • Supports student success: Learning how to use assistive technology will help students with disabilities improve their academic engagement and performance.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of assistive technology
  • Understand the range of specific learning needs that can benefit from assitive technology
  • Integrate assistive technology with no disruption or distraction for other students
  • Utilize appropriate assistive technology forms to better teach your students with specific needs
  • Implement augmentative and alternative communication devices in the classroom

18 Lessons in Chapter 5: Assistive Technology for Students' Specific Needs
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Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities

1. Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities

This lesson will define assistive technology. It will provide examples of assistive technology and outline the benefits of using assistive technology with students with disabilities.

Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia

2. Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia

Many more options exist today to help students with learning disabilities. In this lesson, learn about assistive technologies that help students with dyslexia compensate for their challenges

Assistive Technology for Students with Dysgraphia

3. Assistive Technology for Students with Dysgraphia

There are all kinds of strategies to help students with dysgraphia. Let's explore dysgraphia, and learn some assistive technology options available to help students with this learning disability succeed in the classroom.

Assistive Technology for Students with ADHD

4. Assistive Technology for Students with ADHD

By adding pivotal accommodations such as assistive technology, educators can address the unique needs of the student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder without compromising the level of rigorous instruction for the students without.

Assistive Technology for Hearing-Impaired Students

5. Assistive Technology for Hearing-Impaired Students

This lesson will discuss options in two specific categories of assistive technology to help students who are hard of hearing: assistive listening devices (ALDs) and augmentative and alternative communication devices (AACs).

Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments

6. Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments

Assistive technology can level the playing field, so to speak, for students with visual impairments to access the same educational opportunities as others. Read on to learn about audio resources, iOS devices, low-tech items, Braille helps, and more.

Assistive Technology for Students with Autism

7. Assistive Technology for Students with Autism

Today, there are many resources available to help students with autism, particularly in the classroom. Learn about cutting-edge assistive technologies that will enhance learning for students with autism.

Assistive Technology for Intellectual Disabilities

8. Assistive Technology for Intellectual Disabilities

Teachers can help students with intellectual disabilities have more access to appropriate education and develop independence through the use of assistive technology.

Assistive Technology for Students with Down Syndrome

9. Assistive Technology for Students with Down Syndrome

Assistive technology can be a tremendous help in facilitating learning and breaking down barriers in the classroom. Here you will learn about various types of assistive technology for students with Down syndrome and their benefits.

Assistive Technology for Communication Disorders

10. Assistive Technology for Communication Disorders

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.

Assistive Technology for Nonverbal Students

11. Assistive Technology for Nonverbal Students

Students who are functionally nonverbal bring some challenges, yet many rewards, to the general education classroom. This lesson will explore some important terms and offer strategies to assist you as you prepare for a nonverbal student with assistive technology.

Assistive Technology for Mobility Impairments

12. Assistive Technology for Mobility Impairments

Mobility impairments can affect one's balance, coordination, and movement of extremities. With a plethora of assistive technology devices available, this lesson will explore the options to increase independence.

Assistive Technology for Orthopedic Impairments

13. Assistive Technology for Orthopedic Impairments

Students with orthopedic impairments may require the use of assistive technology to have full access in a classroom setting. Read on to learn more about options for students with orthopedic impairments.

Assistive Technology for Muscular Dystrophy

14. Assistive Technology for Muscular Dystrophy

Assistive technology helps individuals have greater independence and function at home, school, work, and in the community. In this lesson, we will learn about various forms of and resources for assistive technology for persons with muscular dystrophy.

Assistive Technology for Quadriplegic Students

15. Assistive Technology for Quadriplegic Students

Advances in technology provide quadriplegic students with a wealth of opportunities for leading more independent lives, as well as excelling in school and beyond. Read on to learn about assistive technology available for quadriplegic students.

Assistive Technology for Multiple Disabilities

16. Assistive Technology for Multiple Disabilities

Students with multiple disabilities have unique and severe educational challenges. Let's look at how assistive technology can help them gain better access in the classroom.

Assistive Technology for English Language Learners

17. Assistive Technology for English Language Learners

Assistive technology is a beneficial tool for the English language learning classroom. This lesson will go over different types of assistive technology and how they can be customized to assist English language learners.

Assistive Technology for Gifted & Talented Students

18. Assistive Technology for Gifted & Talented Students

Assistive technology is among the most versatile and enriching sources for meeting the academic, motivational, and social needs of gifted and talented students. Read on for approaches and specific assistive technology resources.

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