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ERIC Number: ED560101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Technology Can Help Young Children Succeed. PACER Center ACTion Information Sheets: PHP-c70
PACER Center
Parents of young children with disabilities are discovering that carefully selected computer software and mobile apps can provide many benefits such as improved self-esteem, a longer attention span, and inclusion among family and other children that help their children succeed at home and in school. PACER's Simon Technology Center (STC) can help families determine which technologies may provide the most benefits to their children. The STC offers individual consultations, a technology loan program, workshops, and two programs designed for young learners: The Kids Included Through Technology are Enriched (KITE) Project, and the Technology to Improve Kids' Educational Success (TIKES) program. Even very young children may be able to use and benefit from technology. Computers and tablets can help children with disabilities learn through repetition by interacting with engaging software in a nonjudgmental environment. The degree to which a child can independently use the computer and other technology varies greatly. Thoughtfully selected software and equipment modifications may be needed for young children to access the advantages provided by interacting with tablets and computers. The document provides descriptions of the following devices commonly used to help young children with disabilities: (1) Touch screen tablets and computers; (2) Alternative keyboards; (3) Trackballs; (4) Switches; and (5) Software and apps.
PACER Center. 8161 Normandale Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55437. Tel: 800-537-2237; Tel: 952-838-9000; Fax: 952-838-0199; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: PACER Center