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ERIC Number: ED439872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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A Qualitative Study of the Child, Family and Professional Factors That Influence the Use of Assistive Technology in Early Intervention.
Hider, Erin D.
Factors involved in assistive technology use by young children with disabilities were explored through case studies of five families who had received intensive training at Camp Gizmo, an assistive technology camp for young children. Families, service providers, and preservice students in special education and speech language pathology engaged in a weeklong intensive training in assistive technology while the children participated in camp activities. The five children were aged 2-4. Each family was assigned a team of other families, early interventionists, teachers, and college students who observed the children as they tried out assistive devices. Each family documented the observations, kept family diaries, developed goals and action plans to use after camp, and participated in interviews before and after camp and 6-8 months later. Case studies include family background; assistive technology use before, during, and after camp; opportunities and barriers to assistive technology use; and effects of assistive technology use on the family. Findings indicate that Camp Gizmo had little impact on assistive technology use. All families increased use of assistive technology, but other factors contributed to the increase. Delivery system factors were the most important barriers to assistive technology use. Recommendations are offered regarding Camp Gizmo, professional training, and removing system barriers. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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