Ch 21: Assistive Technology in the SPED Classroom

About This Chapter

Technology is an essential tool in today's classroom, particularly for students with special needs. You can use this chapter to broaden your understanding of using assistive technology in special education; these lessons are helpful for both professional development purposes or licensing exam preparation.

Assistive Technology in the SPED Classroom - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter focus on various types of assistive technology used to help students with language and speech impairments. You will have the opportunity to explore technological tools used for disabled, hearing-impaired and nonverbal students and those with other communication disorders. You can also find a lesson devoted to ways in which you can select the right technology for specific students. After you complete this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Provide examples of assistive technology used for disabled students
  • Describe types of assistive devices used for hearing-impaired students
  • Discuss communication disorders and what assistive technology tools are most effective for use in the classroom
  • Detail how assistive technology aids students with multiple disabilities
  • Understand how assistive technology is used for students with intellectual disabilities
  • Apply strategies to employ the use of assistive technology for nonverbal students
  • Design curriculum and lesson plans with an eye toward individual students' cultural background and interests
  • Choose the appropriate technological tools that best suit students with special needs in a particular classroom

These video and text lessons are designed to provide short but detailed bits of information that cover topics you would need to know as a special education teacher. You can access these lessons at all times, from any device, making it convenient to study at your own pace. Use the self-assessment quizzes to determine your level of knowledge and readiness in moving from one lesson to the next.

7 Lessons in Chapter 21: Assistive Technology in the SPED Classroom
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Assistive Technology for Disabled Students

1. Assistive Technology for Disabled Students

Assistive technology gives disabled students the tools they need to thrive in the classroom. This lesson explores some common examples of assistive technology.

Assistive Technology for Hearing-Impaired Students

2. 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 Communication Disorders

3. 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 Multiple Disabilities

4. 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 Intellectual Disabilities

5. 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 Nonverbal Students

6. 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.

Selecting Appropriate Technology for Special Needs Students

7. Selecting Appropriate Technology for Special Needs Students

How many of us enjoy using technology such as Google Drive or iPads? Did you know that these tools can benefit students with special needs? There are many more options as well. In this lesson, we will give pointers on selecting technology.

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