Using an assistive technology toolkit to promote inclusion

Although the use of assistive technology for young children with a disability is increasing, the lack of awareness and the lack of training continue to act as major barriers to providers using assistive technology. This article describes an assistive technology toolkit designed for use with young children with disabilities that can be easily assembled and implemented by early childhood professionals to foster differentiation. Specifically, we will describe assistive technology tools that support young children's participation in their daily activities that involve movement and sensory needs, communication, and interaction with materials and offer strategies on how to implement these devices. An assembled toolkit that allows young children with disabilities immediate access to experiences that lead to acquisition of skills they need to learn and grow is discussed.

Author: 
Judge, S., Floyd, K., & Jeffs, T.
Year: 
2008
Source: 
Early Childhood Education Journal, 36(2), 121-126.
Type: 
Related Research
IDEA Disability Category: 
autism
emotional disturbance
major-other health impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment