Fundamentals of Assistive Technology
This section focuses on ways that assistive technology (AT) can be considered and used to provide successful opportunities for children with disabilities to take part in daily activities. It provides basic information on assistive technology and its benefits; how it can support the development and learning of young children with disabilities that occurs within the natural routines of the day. It defines AT and discusses the ‘myths’ that prevent its widespread use. You’ll find information on where to locate a wide range of AT supports as well as examples of AT functional supports for communication, movement, use of materials and engagement to promote active participation. The types of AT services practitioners can provide are addressed. We also provide information on the family’s perspective as well as the rights of children and families.
This Fundamentals section will help you to:
Understand the wide range of AT sources and supports available for young children
See examples of how AT functional supports can increase a child’s participation in daily activities
Understand how AT use relates to the needs of young children with disabilities.
Consider how you can share AT definitions and rights with the families/teachers you interact with
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