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ERIC Number: ED560114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Assistive Technology for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Disabilities. PACER Center ACTion Information Sheets: PHP-c212
PACER Center
Research shows that assistive technology (AT) can help young children with disabilities to learn developmental skills. Its use may help infants and toddlers to improve in many areas such as: (1) social skills including sharing and taking turns; (2) communication skills; (3) attention span; (4) fine and gross motor skills; and (5) self confidence and independence. The right type of assistive technology can improve a child's ability to communicate. This in turn may help reduce some negative behaviors. Examples of common assistive technology devices include wheel chairs, computers, computer software, and communication devices. This information sheet provides a list of questions and answers for parents of children with special needs such as: (1) the types of assistive technology devices infants and toddlers use; (2) why is assistive technology important; (3) how would a family obtain AT devices for their infant or toddler; (4) if my young child is not eligible for early intervention services under IDEA, how will I know if he or she could still benefit from using an AT device; (5) What is assistive technology for children who are eligible for early intervention under IDEA; (6) how does a parent request an AT evaluation under IDEA; (7) what is the most effective way to evaluate an infant or toddler for an AT device or services; and (8) where can parents can get more information about assistive technology or IDEA? This information sheet also provides information on additional resources. [Research cited in this article is from The Early Childhood Comprehensive Technology System (Project ECCTS) study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, under IDEA's Technology, Demonstration, and Utilization; and Media Services Program.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: PACER Center
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act