Assistive Technology in Action
The videos and articles in this unit provide demonstrations of several different assistive technology devices.
- Choose the device which interested you most and describe an instance where you would utilize the device to promote skill development during play for a child.
- Make sure you tell us the chronological age and the developmental age of this child (remember, this will be different ages since the child will most likely have special needs).
- Share an additional technology tool or strategy not featured in the videos or articles of this unit which would help children with special needs to be included in classroom learning and play.
- the one that has the assistive at the has the vidoe you will need for this discussion
The two readings, one web article and one library article, for this unit will introduce assistive technology and explain the benefits. They will broaden your understanding about the many different types of assistive technology devices which are available for use with special needs children.
Read the following article found in the KU Library:
Parette, Howard P., & Stoner, Julia B. (2008). Benefits of assistive technology user groups for early childhood education professionals, Early Childhood Education Journal, 35, 313-319.
Read the following article:
Behrmann, M., (n.d.) Assistive Technology for Young Children in Special Education: It Makes a Difference. Retrieved fromhttp://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology-young-children-special-education
Assistive Technology http://content-asc.kaplan.edu/CE430_1303B/highresmedia/youtubeu7_1.html
second discussion question
The Unit 7 Discussion is based on the Readings and the video, Integrated Curriculum. Describe how to prepare an environment where play and projects further curriculum goals and objectives.
- How does pretend play help the development of social/ emotional skills?
- Identify four teaching strategies from previous units that support pretend play and construction.
- Early Childhood educators have different beliefs and philosophies. Describe what you may observe in two different classrooms:
- A classroom where guided play is the focus of the curriculum.