Assistive Technology Supports for Early Learning

Children learn by actively exploring and interacting with the people and objects in their daily environments. These environments include activities in the home, community and early childhood programs. Through interactions children find out about an object’s sensory characteristics, its size and shape, concepts of more/less, big and small, and begin to recognize and name the sounds around them. They also learn to listen, read facial cues, share and take turns, and express their feelings and ideas. The early learning areas below focus on what children “do” to learn and grow in early childhood programs. Assistive technology supports can provide accessible tools to help them to learn about early literacy, math, science, and peer and adult relationships in their expanding world. Experiencing successful opportunities to actively discover these early concepts leads to later school success.