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Cynthia Trickel
Assistive Technology
Wed Jun 3, 2015 16:12

When reading the article about Natural Emergent Literacy Supports I found it interesting that prior to the researchers interventions there were little to no opportunities for the students. I also took note of the use various types of assistive technology. This seems so "natural" as a teacher of special education students, however, it did not appear to be in the classroom prior to the study. In the past I have worked on assistive technology teams to assist teachers in incorporating the use in their classrooms. As a teacher, I think it is important to remember that assistive technology does not have to be complicated to be effective.
I was also intrigued by the natural learning environment of the students and the positive outcomes made when choice was part of the learning plan. For ASD students this seems to be an important element.

  • Natural Emergent Literacy Supports - rognstadgr, Wed Jun 3 14:57
    I found this article especially helpful when it came to actual interventions that should be implemented in the classroom, as well as a clear and concise definition of emergent literacy. I found it... more
    • Practical - Sonya Summey, Sat Jun 6 12:30
      This article was very practical. I liked seeing how teachers could include those practices as often as they could within the classroom. I liked the shared-reading method. I love getting the chance to ... more
    • Behaviors - carsleymm, Sat Jun 6 09:19
      I remember reading recently about a student with ASD who needed to have her hearing tested. Months were spent on teaching the student to sit in a chair, tolerate wearing headphones, and indicate... more
    • Re: Natural Emergent Literacy Supports - hinesjd, Wed Jun 3 20:37
      Yes too high or an expectation is way better than too low of an expectation. Excellent post. To your question, I know some schools I have been in have been very supportive of the special education... more
    • Assistive Technology - Cynthia Trickel, Wed Jun 3 16:12
      • reply assistive technology - rognstadgr, Thu Jun 4 16:32
        You bring up a very good point. The main thing I have learned about AT is exactly what you said, AT does not have to be complicated to be effective. I have found that the cheapest and simplest AT... more
    • Reply to rognstadgr - andersenal, Wed Jun 3 15:09
      I completely agree with you when you speak of the importance of setting high expectations and believing your students are capable. The one boy in this article proves that to be true. At the end of... more
    • Re: Natural Emergent Literacy Supports - lavertyse, Wed Jun 3 15:04
      I love that you said that we need to always set high expectations for our students. I believe this too. I think it is some important that we let our students know that we expect a lot from them and... more
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