Assistive Technology Concerns?
Assistive Technology needs to be addressed in each IEP.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
What is AAC? Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas.
People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth.
Check out this list of Apps developed by AT Specialists Diana Petschauer and Stacy Driscoll. The matrix of Apps provides educators and families with an overview of major features of available Apps addressing executive function.
Executive Function is often detected in connection with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, and Learning Disabilities. For students transitioning to post-secondary institutions of higher education, planning, memory and temporal organization are frequent challenges with recalling the who, what, when and where of many tasks.
This comprehensive list of apps and websites can help.
Cindy Malone – Speech Language Pathologist – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kara Mitchell – Speech Language Pathologist – email@example.com
Sue Nanninga – Interrelated Teacher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Schmelzle* – Social Worker – email@example.com
Amber Blatner – Speech Language Pathologist – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy Diehl – Occupational Therapist – email@example.com
Darcie Hearn – Interrelated Teacher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Pedersen – Vision Services Provider – email@example.com
Kim Wheeler – Speech Language Pathologist – firstname.lastname@example.org
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