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Using Assistive Technology to help your Special Needs learner

posted Apr 23, 2017, 11:15 AM by Judi Munday
The arrival of technological assistance has totally altered the landscape for struggling learners. I can remember as I first began teaching over 30 years ago that a simple typewriter was considered "assistive technology" for a student in my class who had illegible handwriting!  It made a world of difference for him as he learned to demonstrate what he had learned so that others could read what he had to say.
Fast forward 30 years!  Technology has totally transformed basic tasks in learning, entertainment,  and communication (such as audio-books, voice-dictation software, gadgets that respond to voice commands, and so much more.)  While specific technologies can make the difference in whether a student can show what he has learned, other technology enables many students to learn despite a variety of previously limiting disabilities that include limited vision, hearing, auditory processing, and learning disabilities such as dyslexia. 

Browsing online today, I found a GREAT resource that I wanted to share. Check out all the offerings at https://blog.hslda.org/2016/05/24/guilt-free-apps-for-special-needs/.  I suspect you will find some terrific ideas to enrich and sometimes entertain your child.  If you have an Apple device or Mac computer, you should check into their website where they list literally hundreds of options for special needs students!  https://www.apple.com/education/special-education/

These apps are available for little to zero cost, but they are priceless in the benefits they offer!  I have also listed numerous apps and technologies on my private web page,  "www.portaportal.com. You use a "Guest" login: "LDTeacherRetired" to view the alphabetically listed options. Some I've included are for fun, many are educational sites, and others introduce you to the technology that can support your learner.  For an in-depth coverage of the use of assistive technology, please check out the chapter in my book!