ERIC Number: ED384148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Communication Module. Technology in the Classroom, Applications and Strategies for the Education of Children with Severe Disabilities.
Blackstone, Sarah W.
This training module is part of a series that provides a basic introduction to using assistive technology with young children (ages 2 to 7) who have severe disabilities in more than one area of development. This module focuses on technology that gives children another way to communicate when speaking is difficult or impossible. The module presents a four-phase intervention process built around a child's educational curriculum. The focus is toward helping the child achieve functional skills in all areas of life, including home, school, and community. The module begins with an introduction outlining the role of technology and members of the technology team and then provides an overview of communication, including the benefits of augmentative communication. The four phases are then presented: assessment and evaluation of effectiveness; program development and communication system implementation; expansion; and independence and growth. Within the discussion of each phase of intervention are descriptions of helpful tools, techniques, and strategies. Sample action and participation plans are also included to demonstrate how a child can be moved forward in his or her use of assistive technology. Appendixes provide an assistive technology resource list, examples of high technology devices, graphic symbol sets and systems, an interaction profile, a communication skill inventory, a communication assessment protocol, other inventories and rating scales, and a list of resources on devices and implementation strategies. A videotape, entitled "Assistive Technology: We Can Do It!," was developed to accompany this module and related modules (Contains 23 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Behavior Rating Scales, Classroom Techniques, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Communication Skills, Early Childhood Education, Integrated Curriculum, Intervention, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Implementation, Severe Disabilities, Skill Development, Student Evaluation, Technology
Fulfillment Operations, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 ($45, $4.90 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD.