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Assistive Technology in Special Education: Resources to Support Literacy, Communication, and Learning Differences
Green, Joan L.
Prufrock Press / Softcover / 2018-05-01 / 1618217585
Learning Disabilities
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275 pages
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Assistive Technology in Special Education presents a wealth of practical, well-organized information to help families, teachers, and therapists find effective solutions for students with learning, literacy, and cognitive challenges. This third edition features new affordable tools to improve and compensate for challenges related to speaking, understanding, reading, writing, and thinking and remembering, as well as strategies to help students become more organized and efficient. Also highlighted are iDevices, G Suite (Google Apps and Extensions), online collaborative sites, and features built into the computers and mobile devices readers already use. As technology changes and new operating systems make older programs obsolete, this book will empower readers to explore the most current resources as they become available.

Table of Contents:

Notes on the Third Edition

Chapter 1 Getting Started With Assistive Technology
Improving Technologies Offer Hope
What Is Assistive Technology?
Helpful Technologies All Around Us
Taking the First Steps
Seeking Professional Guidance
How to Get Help
What Solution Is “Best’?

Chapter 2 The Benefits of Assistive Technology
Changing Technology Trends
Remaining Barriers to Technology
The Many Benefits of Assistive Technology
Who Can Benefit From Assistive Technology?
Family Advocacy
Technology Changes Will Continue
Accessing Features in Devices You Already Use

Chapter 3 Lifting the Barriers: Technology and Access
Ease of Access
Guidance for Computer Access and Assistive Technologies
Use of Switch Software
Which Type of Device Should You Use?
Selection Devices
Speech Input/Dictation

Chapter 4 Technology and Strategies to Improve Verbal Expression
A Professional Diagnosis Is Critical
Strategies to Encourage Verbal Expression
Informative Online Resources
Helpful Technology Tools
Be Creative
Improving Verbal Expression Skills
Improving Speech Intelligibility
Improving Expressive Language
Improving Word Knowledge and Retrieval
Strategies and Technologies to Improve Speaking in Phrases and Sentences
Strategies and Technologies to Improve Dialogue and Engaging in Conversation

Chapter 5 Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Devices, Apps, and More
What Is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?
Individuals Helped by AAC
Current AAC TrendsFirst Steps
Resources to Learn More About AAC
Simple Communication Items Without Voice Output
Direct-Select, One-Level, Voice Output Communication Devices
Mobile Device Apps With Static Display
Dynamic Communication Devices, Apps, and Software
Dynamic Display Communication Mobile Apps

Chapter 6 Technology and Strategies to Improve Auditory Comprehension and Receptive Language
Treatment Approach
Technology to Help Improve Auditory Comprehension
Sound Discrimination
Comprehension of Words
Comprehension of Phrases and Sentences
Comprehension of Paragraphs and Short Stories
Websites With Free Listening Activities
Improving Comprehension With Text-to-Speech Support While Reading
Long-Distance Communication
Assistive Listening Devices

Chapter 7 Technology and Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension
Reading Challenges
Help From Professionals and Websites
Helpful Features of Technology to Support Reading
Text to Speech
Optical Character Recognition
Advanced Text Readers With Reading, Writing, and Studying Tools
Alternative Reading Formats, Interactive Websites, and Apps With Accessible Books
Portable eBook Readers
Handheld Devices That Read Aloud

Chapter 8 Drill-and-Practice Technology to Improve Reading Skills
Interactive Software and Apps With Activities to Improve Reading
Online Programs
Mobile Apps to Improve Language-Based Reading Deficits
Software for Vision-Based Reading Deficits

Chapter 9 Technology and Strategies to Improve Written Expression
Skills Needed for Writing
Use of Assistive Technology With Students
Selection of an Effective Assistive Writing Technology
Word Processing Systems
Specialized Assistive Tools for Spelling, Grammar, and Word Prediction
Digitizing Paper-Based Worksheets
Annotating or Typing on PDFs (Worksheets)
Taking Notes
Presentations for Teaching and Learning
Story Creators
Graphic Organizers: Technology for Organizing Written Narrative
Technology to Support Writing Essays and Reports
Technology to Help With the Physical Act of Writing and Typing
Alternative Input Devices
Alternatives for Mobile Touchscreen Input
Speech to Text/Speech Recognition

Chapter 10 Drill-and-Practice Technology to Improve Writing Skills
Prewriting Skills and Writing Letters of the Alphabet
Writing Words/Spelling
Programs and Apps for Writing Sentences and Improving Grammar

Chapter 11 Technology and Strategies to Improve Attention, Cognition, and Executive Function
Cognitive Differences
Professional Evaluation
Strategies to Enhance Learning
Practicing Specific Skills
Compensatory Approach
General Guidelines to Enhance Learning, Organization, and Executive Function
Time Management Tools: Calendars and To-Do Lists
Selection of Technologies to Support Time Management
Task Management and To-Do Apps
Visual Schedule and Choice Apps for Individuals With Complex Cognitive Challenges
Non-App Devices to Help Students Stay on Task
Limit Distractions
Minimize the Power Struggle

Chapter 12 Tools and Strategies to Support Learning New Information
Reducing Digital Distraction
Audio Recordings of Lectures Synced to Written Material
Mobile Device Apps
Digital Flash Card Programs
Study Guides
Learning by Watching Online Videos
Interactive Whiteboard Apps
Use of Images to Support Learning

Chapter 13 Online Organization and Collaboration
Online Storage
Digital Bookmarking Tools
Online Collaboration
Video Chatting

Chapter 14 Interactive Programs to Practice Cognitive Skills
Use of Apps and Online Programs to Improve Skills
Brain Training
Online Programs and Apps to Improve Specific Cognitive Skills
Early Learning Skills
Learning Cause and Effect

Chapter 15 Final Thoughts: Keeping Students Safe and Preparing for the Future
With the Good Comes the Bad
Tools to Promote Digital Citizenship and Safety
Current Tech Trends
New Solutions
About the Author

About the Author:

Joan Green is a speech-language pathologist in the Washington, DC, area with many years of experience helping children and adults who have a wide range of communication, cognitive, literacy and learning challenges. She is passionate in her efforts to spread the word about how affordable cutting-edge technology can be used to empower children and adults who have difficulty with speaking, reading, writing, thinking, and learning at home, school, work, or in the community.

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