Early Childhood

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Children enjoy exploring new toys and play materials. These change as the child’s abilities and interests change. This article will help find apps that are appropriate for the child's needs as they develop.

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Switches come in all shapes and sizes. They are often used by a hand or arm, but can be used with any body part. A child should be able to voluntarily activate the switch with large or small movements. This article describes different kinds of switches, taking into account the...

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Play is a critical component of childhood. However, children with disabilities may have difficulty interacting with objects and people due to the barriers that their disabilities present. Because these young children may be restricted in the ways they play, communicate, and move, innovative ideas must be found that promote new...

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Examples of assistive technology (AT) items used to support the various positions and movements used by children to explore and participate in various settings are listed in this article. There are various features of commercially available supports as well as adaptive equipment for a full range of options.

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Early mobility influences cognitive and social development. Children may need assistance in moving to explore their environments, a critical component of participation. AT supports can help children achieve early developmental milestones including crawling, standing, walking and using ride-on toys and bikes.

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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...

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When meeting with the IEP team, parents are a child’s most effective advocate. It’s important that parents be prepared and informed. This brief guide informs parents about assistive technology and the IEP. The IEP is a written plan for educating a child with a disability. The law requires that public...

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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices are AT tools that address the communication needs of a child. Infants and toddlers with disabilities use multiple ways to communicate. They are used in combination with other communication strategies such as gestures, baby signs, vocalizations, and speech. As language develops, AT is customized...

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Mobile digital devices enable young children with disabilities to participate fully in an increased number of learning opportunities. There are several types of AT supports that can make the touch screen tablets easier and safer to use for young children with disabilities. This article provides information on accessories and tools...

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Assistive technology (AT) supports can help children acquire skills and knowledge as they participate in the “general curriculum” (IDEA, 2004). The general curriculum for preschool children with disabilities is determined to be the daily routines and activities taking place in the early childhood classroom. Although children grow and develop, they...

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