Early Childhood

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This article describes current, ongoing reasearch at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science to use 3D printing to produce upper limb prosthetics. In addition to detailing the recent advances in 3D printing, this project is working on producing prosthetics built for specific activities.

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This article from SSB BART Group provides a detailed description of switch access features available on the iOS mobile operating system. It includes a video with specific instructions on how to turn on the features, with open captions and a separate transcript of the video.

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This article from SSB BART Group provides a detailed description of switch access features available on the Android mobile operating system. It includes a video with specific instructions on how to turn on the features, with open captions and a separate transcript of the video.

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This meta-analysis looks at the effects of Augmentative and Alternative Communication on speech production in people with a variety of developmental disabilities. From the results section: "the majority ...[of the subjects]... demonstrated gains in speech."

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This 2014 research addresses the question of whether Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices improve expressive language (specifically speech) in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. From the conclusion section: "Minimally verbal school-aged children can make significant and rapid gains in spoken spontaneous language with a novel, blended intervention that focuses...

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This literature review addresses how much media use preschoolers do in childcare settings. The review of 17 studies showed that children in home daycare settings were more likely to have media use at preschool, and that the higher the education level of preschool staff the less likely the children were...

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This checklist provides practitioners and providers a simple form to assist in following DEC's Recommended Practices with respect to Assistive Technology. It includes items on observation, child's strengths and challenges, AT device determination, appropriateness of AT device, everyday AT use, and weaning from AT use.

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This website from the American Academy of Pediatrics and HealthyChildren.org helps families look at and plan for how much time media use takes up in a day. It is preset with the recommended number of hours per day of sleep and physical activity, and allows families to add or subtract...

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The Family Media Plan from the American Academy of Pediatrics and HealthyChildren.org helps families set up specific limits for media use. The step-by-step site includes specific aspects of media use to discuss and set with families, such as: Device Free Times, Device Free Zones, Device Curfew, Diversify Your Media, Safety,...

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This article includes recently revised recommendations for the type, amount, and quality of media that young children consume. Overall child development and communication development are discussed, along with concerns if media is overused. The policy statement addresses both traditional video media (broadcast television, streaming videos, etc) and app-based media...

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