Tech Resources for Read-Aloud Testing

Tech Resources for Read-Aloud Testing

There is good news for students who must have tests read aloud (and the staff responsible for this time consuming task).  There are a growing number of software supports and apps (iOS and Android) on the market that allow for easy adaptation of tests to offer recorded or digitized speech output.  Some programs allow students […]

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AAC Resources for the Classroom

AAC Resources for the Classroom

I’ve learned a lot about AAC technologies over the last 15 years.  I often say that I don’t know everything, but I can probably tell you how and where to learn more.  Because I provide direct technology support and training to educational teams for many students with impaired language and communication skills, I have gathered […]

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Chromebooks and Accessibility Supports

Chromebooks and Accessibility Supports

As more districts more toward the use of Chromebooks for 1:1 device use, there are always questions about how these devices can provide the accessibility supports needed by our students with physical and/or learning disabilities.  Since Chromebooks don’t allow for installation of software programs (the usual source of specialized reading/writing support), assistive tools must come […]

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AAC in the Classroom for Young Children (part I)

AAC in the Classroom for Young Children (part I)

It’s always exciting to see kids with limited speech and language abilities respond to the use of visually supported communication tools and strategies. Images are easy to recognize and recall, making the transference of information universal…no matter what the ‘language’ might be!  It’s easy to understand something visual, even if we can’t read the script […]

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Free Resources for AT, AAC, Modifying the Curriculum…

Free Resources for AT, AAC, Modifying the Curriculum…

I love great resources and I really love them when they’re FREE! If you’ve never visited the Special Education Needs (SEN) Teacher website, you need to do it now. SEN Teacher offers a wealth of FREE printables, a page full of links to specialized support sites, as well as free software downloads for addressing the academic, sensory, communication, […]

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Switch and Tablet Mounting with Loc-Line Hose!

Switch and Tablet Mounting with Loc-Line Hose!

  If you’ve never used a mounting system offered by Loc-Line, you’re in for a treat!! Although designed for use in a range of industrial settings, it didn’t take long until some crafty OT’s recognized the potential for using modular hose to create durable mounting systems.  Don’t we all just LOVE crafty OT’s? (I may […]

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Using the iPad to Provide Literacy Supports for LD Students District-Wide

Using the iPad to Provide Literacy Supports for LD Students District-Wide

My colleague, Karen Moffatt, CCC-SLP,  and I presented an educational session on this topic at the 2016 Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) National Conference earlier this month. As expected, there was a large amount of interest in the subject as educators and administrators across the globe try to figure out how to tap the full […]

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Preparing the Significantly Challenged Child for Eye Gaze

Preparing the Significantly Challenged Child for Eye Gaze

Wow!  A great crowd here so late in the day for our session on eye gaze control at the ATIA 2016 Conference.  The sun did come out in Orlando after all, yet the room was filled with superachievers who wanted to know how to help their kids with significant needs.  Unfortunately, the handout link provided […]

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Autism Resources

Autism Resources

      We had a great time last week with Ms. Mo Buti, learning more about how to best serve the needs of our students with Autism. She shared some great resources that I plan to pass along to all of you here over the course of the next week.. If you’re looking for […]

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Teaching Students with Autism sessions

Teaching Students with Autism sessions

Our educational cooperative hosts workshops across the state for teachers and clinicians working with the special needs population in our schools and I have to say that this has been one of my personal favorites.  Our speaker, Ms. Mo Buti, has been a special education teacher, administrator, and Coordinator for Autism services for Chicago Public […]

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