Assistive Technology Devices and Services for Children with Handicap
There are millions of children all over the world who are suffering from difficulties in reading, writing, solving math problems and this can be caused by problems with their hearing, listening, communicating and visual skills.
As stated in the law or IDEA of 2004 mandate every IEP is required to make use of assistive technology for children with disabilities. The IEP will be the one responsible to determine what kind of technology device and service would be appropriate for the student.
This assistive device will help the student feel more confident. It can raise their self-esteem and make them feel more independent.
These assistive devices can be in the form of android applications that can be downloaded on mobile phones in order to assist children with learning disabilities. This can also be in the form of high tech screens that can be used to assist the needs of children who are visually impaired.
Both private and public schools are required to provide this technology in their special education service program. The school cannot use the reason of lack of availability or cost as an excuse.
However, parents and teachers have to realize that these devices should not be relied upon to solve all of the learning needs of the child. Children still need the care and human attention to guide them through.
IDEA considers it an assistive device just as long as it can be used to coordinate other therapies, it can be applied to the curriculum, and it can be adapted, repaired as well as maintained in order to be effective.
The schools are also mandated to make sure that these gadgets are able to provide assistive training for teachers, the child and the family to make it truly effective. Teachers would have to learn how to use this technology themselves that they may be able to transfer the knowledge and skills to the children.
Parents can request for assistive technology to be used inside the classroom. They just need to refer it to the proper IEP team in order to make sure that it will be provided.
The IEP team on the other hand would be the one responsible for evaluating the device. They have to test if it is effective and appropriate.
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