ERIC Number: ED449606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Assistive Technology: Tips, Tools, and Techniques. A Parent Resource Manual.
Wilcox, M. Jeanne; Norman-Murch, Trudi; Oberstein, Jill S.; Volkmann, Melody A.; Wagner, Deanna K.; Musselwhite, Caroline Ramsey; Malena, Edye; Weber, Carolyn A.
Designed for parents of children who have a wide variety of disabilities, this manual discusses the ways in which assistive technology can facilitate the child's active participation in developmentally appropriate activities and offers ideas for incorporating devices and strategies into daily school and home routines. The manual attempts to present information in a straightforward manner and includes numerous illustrations and mini-case examples. References and resources are provided for people who want to go beyond this introductory information. Chapter 1 introduces definitions and describes assistive technology. Chapter 2 offers a number of common questions relating to assistive technology that parents often have with attempted answers after each. Chapter 3 provides light tech strategies used in the home and the classrooms. Chapters 4 and 5 include information on High Tech strategies, including both augmentative and alternative communication and computers. Chapter 6 introduces the topic of adaptive play, including the adaptation of both toys and games. In chapter 7, the topic of emergent literacy is considered. Each chapter is covered with regard to students primarily in early childhood education and addresses how to make assistive technology functional and easy. (Contains 33 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Classroom Techniques, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computers, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Educational Legislation, Educational Technology, Family Environment, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Play, Preschool Education, Selection, Speech Synthesizers, Teamwork, Toys
Dissemination Coordinator, Infant Child Communication Research Programs, Arizona State University, PO Box 871908, Tempe, AZ 85287-1908.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe.; Southwest Human Development, Inc., Phoenix, AZ.
Note: For related documents see EC 308 210 and EC 308 211.