Early Childhood Professionals

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The following descriptions of assistive technology (AT) use in the classroom have been prepared by Laura Kessel, an AT specialist who supports teachers and teacher training. They may be used for individual study and practice or as part of professional development workshops and/or other training events.

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This blogger, a mother of two children with Autism, has compiled a kind of "Bill of Rights" for preschool children who use AAC devices in their classroom. It's important at this early age that teachers and service providers understand some of the challenges that come from using a device, and...

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For children with Autism, being able to predict their schedule throughout the day is important. In a general learning environment, however, sometimes certain activities or lessons can be cancelled, switched, or altered to accommodate different students or sudden events. Creating a visual interpretation of the sudden event can greatly help...

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For a limited time, you can order free CTD AT keyrings for training, peer support, parent workshops, personnel prep classes and other activities in which you’d like to share these handy, colorful examples of assistive technology. Examples range from low- to high-tech and span ages and types of support. We...

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"Learning to effectively communicate via an augmentative communication display or device can be challenging for any student who is nonverbal, minimally verbal, or a struggling but emerging verbal communicator. It can be an especially difficult task if the student has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These students usually lack role...

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"States and local school districts are required by federal law to educate preschool age children with disabilities in typical early childhood programs alongside children who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate. This policy brief provides an overview of the law and sets forth a list of policy...

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Special education services are available to parents of young children as they enter presechool and elementary school. This very helpful document from the San Diego Regional Center helps to inform parents of exactly how to obtain and navigate through these services during these formative years. The document also provides how...

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Sometimes the environment can become overwhelming for a child, especially one who may have sensory processing disorder. This article gives ideas on self-regulation techniques and low-tech tools to help with calming down. They can be used in the home, classroom, or clinic/school-based practice. It's a great way to encourage independence...

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This informational video from the Down Syndrome Research Foundation outlines specific strategies that are useful for language development in young children with down syndrome. Some topics of discussion include language profiles and strengths of children with down syndrome, visual learning, and other teaching techniques that may include low to mid-tech...

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In most families, the first day of school triggers excitement and anxiety. In families who choose an inclusive setting for their child with disabilities, there is concern about their child being accepted, the program seeing their child’s strengths as well as challenges, and the program’s readiness to welcome a child...

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