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What is assistive technology?

Assistive Tech 

Supporting learning with assistive technology

Assistive technology is any product or piece of equipment that is used to:

For learners with dyslexia or significant difficulties in reading, technology can be used to enable and support access to curriculum content, provide additional instruction and practice opportunities, offer alternative ways of producing their work and provide support with personal organisation and planning. Effective support will look different for each child, and may include strategies and equipment that range from simple relatively easy to implement adjustments to more specialist technical solutions.   For example, a simple support may be having a buddy in class to help read text, whereas a more complex strategy may be an electronic textbook with text to speech software.   Our SLPs can provide advice and recommendations as to appropriate assistive technology for your child’s learning needs.

Supporting communication with assistive technology 

Our SLPs can also offer advice regarding Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  AAC is any type of communication strategy for people with a range of conditions who have significant difficulties communicating.  Communication is a basic human right. If verbal speech isn’t sufficient to meet a person’s communication needs AAC may provide them with a way to express themselves.  Having a functional form of communication can reduce frustration, improve behaviour and allow a person to demonstrate their understanding and share their thoughts. We have experience supporting people, carers and families with communication systems such as PECS, PODD systems and AAC apps for the i-pad such as Proloquo2Go.

The following link provides some additional information about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) PDF symbol