Learning Assistive Technologies

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Learning Assistive Technologies Regular classroom curriculum is not enough to help children with exceptionalities to learn what they need to know to advance in life. Assistive technologies are suggestions that can assist a child to learn to work independently and built self-esteem with their learning abilities. Whether the child has mild, moderate or severe, physical, or sensory disabilities, at risk behaviors, or are gifted and talented, there are a number of websites, software programs, or hardware to assist their individual learning styles. For children with mild disabilities, there are software programs, such as reading software with text to speech, interactive books and reading skills programs (Doak, 2009). Workbooks and computerized reading programs are also good for practice to assist in learning. For children that are moderately to severely disabled, videos that maintain and transfer functional skills and community based behaviors are good learning aids. Computer exercises and software that promotes functionality, such as employability, daily living skills, and money management skills also are good choices to assist these children. There are also a number of hardware devices that are good teaching aids to assist in learning, such as Read:Out Loud text reader, Co:Writer word prediction, Simon SIO for phonics, WordMaker for spelling and phonics, and Write:Out Loud, which is a talking processor (Johnston). Children with physical disabilities often have more than
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