What needs are we talking about? • Brainstorm a list of specific early childhood needs with your partner. • Explore Virtual resources for early childhood: • Kididdles: www.kididdles.com • Lil Fingers: www.lil-fingers.com • Story Place: www.storyplace.org • Words and Pictures: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/ • We Read: www.weread.org/kids • Which do you like? How might you use the site as teachers?
Types of AT devices infants and toddlers can use • Switches • battery-operated toys • Turn things on and off • Augmentative Communication Devices
Why is AT Important? • Learn crucial skills • Interact with other people • Help a child participate • Augment a child’s capabilities • Increase expectations for the child
Parents’ Reluctance to Use AT? • Belief that AT may discourage the child from learning important skills • Cultural Differences • Give your own examples to illustrate this issue.
Obtaining AT • Early intervention services under IDEA • IFSP (reviewed every 6 months) • Private insurance or medical assistance • Special lending libraries • E.g. Tech Tots libraries through United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) • Tech Tots library in Oak Park, IL. • assistive technology exchange network (A.T.E.N.) that recycles computer hardware and software - call (800)476-2836 or
Evaluation for AT Devices and Services • Multi-disciplinary team • Assistive technology specialist included • All areas of life considered • PT, OT, and Speech Therapist • Parents • Others members? • Build on students’ strengths • Other considerations?
Types of Training • basic information about the device • how the device can be used in all part of the child’s life • how to fix minor problems • how to change or adapt the device for a child • What else is needed in terms of training?
Resources in Illinois • http://www.illinoiseitraining.org/goals.asp • http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx • http://www.ucpll.org • http://www.wiu.edu/thecenter/ • http://www.iltech.org/rehabpeopleplaces.asp • http://www.coalitionconnection.org/links/rlinks.cfm?category=Conferences&search=yes • http://www.seat.ilstu.org/aboutus/
Video • http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=499318091a9df40a1318 • Key word: TechDis Box on TeacherTube • Will view together as a class.