Early Childhood Professionals

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This handout provides parents and professionals with tips for advocating for assistive technology for children. This resource was created for PACER Center’s Technology to Improve Kids’ Educational Success (TIKES) project. http://www.pacer.org/stc/tikes

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This activity can be used to guide parents and professionals in a discussion about what exactly is assistive technology. Often under-documented in the context of assistive technology, visual supports, sensory supports, and behavior supports can all fall in the category of assistive technology. Whether paper systems we print and...

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For some children with disabilities, technology can give them a voice in the form of an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system and open new doors of possibility. This professional development activity can be used to guide parents and professionals in a discussion of apps and screen time for...

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Traditionally much of the language offered to young and beginning AAC communicators has been comprised of nouns and descriptive words. This professional development activity can be used to guide parents and professionals through the use of two different activity boards. One board is comprised of words commonly used on...

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In this presentation, Lauren Meatty, Chief of Early Intervention at the Schwartz Center, explains how selected Apps can be used with autistic and non-verbal students to foster content engagement and promote academic/social interaction.

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Hosted by the White House, in partnership with the US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, the Early Learning STEM symposium highlighted the importance of promoting active science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in early childhood. This video captures presentations of the panel discussion“What does the research say...

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In this presentation, Ms. Sullivan, an Early Childhood teacher at Lincoln Public Schools, Nebraska, demonstrates how she is currently using technology to promote inclusiveness and address the needs of all students. In her classroom, Ms. Sullivan uses Apps and websites to address Fine Motor Skills, teach Daily Routines and...

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The role technologies play in early learning, literacy and l anguage development is the focus of this presentation by Chip Donohue, Ph.D., Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute in Chicago. Donohue identifies challenges and opportunities in...

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Children born in the 21st century use digital media everywhere- at home and at school, at the public library and at the doctor's office. In this article, the authors talk about the importance of having parents and children using digital media together, and the need for more guidance on how...

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Developed by a mother of twins with autism, the Gemiini is a web-based program using the Discrete Video Modeling (DVM) technique. DVM promotes the use and repetition of small bits of information to develop language, reading and social skills for individuals on the ASD and Down Syndrome. Available on a...

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