Assistive Technology Toolkit to Increase Access to Early Learning Environments for Young Children With Disabilities The development of assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions for young children with disabilities is rapidly expanding with a range of no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech approaches to provide access to adapted and augmented tools for participation in inclusive early childhood settings. Discrepancies exist in the legal ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2009
Assistive Technology Toolkit to Increase Access to Early Learning Environments for Young Children With Disabilities
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kathleen C. Sadao
    Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
  • Jennifer Brown
    Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
  • Debbie Grant
    Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Barbara, CA
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Development / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2009
Assistive Technology Toolkit to Increase Access to Early Learning Environments for Young Children With Disabilities
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2009, Vol. 18, 11-20. doi:10.1044/aac18.1.11
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2009, Vol. 18, 11-20. doi:10.1044/aac18.1.11
Abstract

The development of assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions for young children with disabilities is rapidly expanding with a range of no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech approaches to provide access to adapted and augmented tools for participation in inclusive early childhood settings. Discrepancies exist in the legal requirements to consider AT and AAC for all children in the IFSP/IEP planning process. Researchers in the applications of AT and AAC with young children identify the importance of activity-based approaches that infuse AT methods and AAC systems within natural routines for young children. This article focuses on the development of an AT Toolkit Guide for early intervention and early childhood providers. The development of the AT Toolkit concept, content, and applications is based on research-based methods and tools with demonstrated effectiveness to promote language development, emergent literacy skills, play, mobility, and interaction with the environment for young children with disabilities. Suggested items, sources, applications and development guidelines for the SWEET AT Toolkit are provided.

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