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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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To provide teacher candidates with instructional and educational best practices focused on the visually impaired, Ellen Trief, Ph.D. at Hunters College, developed a Library of Video Excerpts (L.O.V.E.) that is accessible by closed captioning and voice-over audio descriptions. The collection of videos represents teaching in various areas (literacy, braille reading...

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The last Panel Discussion of the Technology Solutions for Early Childhood Symposium , this presentation focused on the importance of participation for the development of skills in everyday activities, and the role of parents as the primary source of guidance in the use of assistive technology.

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Part of the Technology Solutions for Early Childhood , the Research to Practice Panel Discussion addressed the following areas: 1) Early Intervention and Technology in Massachussetts- current and historical perspective; 2) Assistive Technology- Research to Practice Bridge; and 3) Teaching the Swipe Generation.

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Part of the Technology Solutions for Early Childhood Symposium , the Research Panel Discussion addressed the following areas: 1) Use of Mobile Media Devices- Benefits and Challenges, 2) Screen time and accessibility issues in Early Childhood, and 3) Effectiveness of digital stories and use of robotics to address the...

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The Technology Solutions for Early Childhood...The Future is NOW Symposium brought together thought leaders, researchers and practitioners in early childhood development and assistive technology (AT). Participants learned about evidence-based practices, current research, and ways in which families are successfully using technology to support the developmental and learning needs...

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In this video, Laurenne Simms, Ph.D. professor at the Department of Education, Gallaudet University, examines recommended practices to support early development of strong language foundation for children who are deaf/hard of hearing.

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Developed by the PACER Center's "Technology to Improve Kids's Educational Success" (TIKES) program, this set of 4 videos introduces early childhood professionals to Assistive Technology (AT). The videos illustrate how AT can be used to help children (Birth-5) grow by using technology to bridge developmental and achievement gaps.

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