Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) gives students with literacy and language difficulties a different way to access information and express their ideas. It can help to bridge the gap between a child’s current literacy level and their ability to participate in education at grade level.  The types of AT tools we recommend include:

  • Text-to-Speech software eg. TextHelp Read & Write Gold
  • Speech-to-Text software eg. Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Visual Mapping software eg. Inspiration
  • Organisation tools eg. OneNote/Evernote

 

Assistive Technology can be introduced to children at almost any age, especially those who present with:

  • More complex literacy disorders
  • A strong family history of dyslexia
  • A slow response to intervention
  • Anxiety or distress over their reading & writing problems
  • Multiple cognitive processing difficulties
  • Attention & memory difficulties
  • Co-occurring fine motor/writing difficulties

The important thing to remember is that use of AT doesn’t mean we or our students give up on learning to read and write.  In fact, research and clinical evidence indicates that AT can help children with literacy problems interact more with print while also giving them the freedom to access information independently - something they have always relied on others to do.  This freedom can ignite a student’s passion for learning and help them to re-engage with the difficult task of learning to read and spell.

 
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