This article will discuss the implementation of a wide variety of technologies used in my practice, both high-tech and low-tech. There are too many to mention, so I will highlight the ones that I routinely work with. The tools chosen are the most reliable when working with students with LD, Learning Differences, Dyslexia and ADHD.
Recently, New research from Linnaeus University in Sweden, has shown that apps, technology and modern teaching skills work well for children with reading disabilities. The mental health of these children has also been shown to be positively affected by the use of reading apps and the learning technology available today.
Researchers studied the correlation between the use of assistive technology (AT) such as apps on Ipads and the mental health of children with reading disabilities. The results show that students with reading disabilities are actually feeling emotionally better than expected and that technical aids such as apps are effective learning tools.
The thesis included three empirical studies, all with the purpose of increasing the understanding of the interactions and correlation between self-concepts, reading impairment, mental health and AT. Of interest to the researchers were the use of applications in tablets as assistive technology to facilitate reading and compensate for reading impairment, and its impact on the participants’ mental health and reading abilities.
Assistive Technology: provides the tools that offer support and allows independence for LD students. However, since there are a number of causes of reading problems, diagnosis is important. This allows one to better pair the correct Assistive Technology tool with the person’s condition.
Often a LD student struggles with reading, writing, spelling and notetaking. Assistive technology tools help by utilizing spell checks, grammar checks and vocabulary building i.e. word prediction tools. Some inexpensive apps offer tools to support the taking of notes, a process that dyslexic students often struggle with. Students can download from libraries textbooks in audiobooks or digital book format, allowing a struggling reader to complete their reading assignments and often those libraries’ services are free of charge.
For a complete overview of Assistive Technology tools organized by categories. LDRFA.ORG offers grants for free assistive technology tools to students with learning disabilities.
Because there are so many software tools that perform multiple functions, it makes it difficult to chose from the large list of technologies. Please refer to “Technologies for Reading” where we review the available assistive tools and provide our recommendations.
In “Technologies for Writing” we’ve chosen to list them in a manner that’s robust and easy to use. These tools will assist the student to achieve his or her’s academic goals and will continue to assist them as an adult and ultimately in their career, workplace and throughout their life.
Assistive Technology allows one with learning, attention and/or focusing issues to succeed in life. A child may grow out of a developmental delay, however a child with a learning issue that affects reading and writing would benefit from early intervention and the use of Assistive Technology. Learning issues are usually diagnosed by 5 years old or later. Understanding the issue and requesting the appropriate resource such as the use of Assistive Technologies has been shown to improve a child’s learning experience and to support the child’s self-esteem.
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