ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
Let’s Participate! training workshops provide active learning environments by giving participants hands-on experience and guided practice. We provide contextual and problem-based learning by having participants engage in practice activities that focus on the use of AT materials that respond to a child's interests and needs, based on case studies of infants and young children with disabilities, involving issues that participants will encounter in home, daycare, community, and preschool environments. Our training events will involve cooperative learning as groups comprised of families and professionals across disciplines work together to identify, select, customize and re-evaluate the participation activities and AT needs of children with disabilities. We provide individualized learning by including materials in multiple presentation formats including text, video, audio and hands-on training.
Assistive Technology Awareness Workshops
Awareness Workshops focus on the importance of participation in the development of all children and on ways that assistive technology (AT) can be used to provide successful opportunities for children with disabilities to take part in daily activities. These workshops aim to give participants useful knowledge on assistive technologies as well as to interact with a range of AT devices. The workshops build the capacity of participants to examine the development and learning that occurs within the natural routines of the day.
Assistive Technology Implementation Workshops
Implementation Workshops are designed for EI/ECSE professionals selected as AT team members to apply the AT model approach within their programs. The two-day workshops focus on “how to” support participation outcomes with families using everyday routines and activities as the child’s learning context; select functional AT supports by examining their features and how they best “match” a child’s needs and interests; develop and report on child-specific AT plans for using AT to support positive outcomes. Professionals also learn how to access the AT Lending Library for assessment and trial and how AT is considered in the development of IEP/IFSP’s development with services integrated into the existing service delivery system.
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Designing Early Childhood Environments for All Learners
The purpose of Early Childhood programs is to intentionally design environments to be responsive to all children’s needs and to provide opportunities for every child to demonstrate learning and growth in all areas. Given the diverse nature of today’s preschool population, care must be taken to select equipment, materials and tools that are useful to a wide range of abilities and interests. Recent trends have looked at Universal Design for Learning (UDL) where the preferences and abilities of all users are considered during the initial design process.
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