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Assistive Technology for Students for Low Incidence Disabilities in Inclusive Settings. Beth Poss, M.A., CCC/SLP Speech/Language Pathologist InterACT Team Montgomery County Public Schools—tags as MCIE. Goals for Students in Any Setting. Active Participation - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Assistive Technology for Students for Low Incidence Disabilities in Inclusive SettingsBeth Poss, M.A., CCC/SLPSpeech/Language PathologistInterACT Team Montgomery County Public

    Del.icio.ustags as MCIE

  • Goals for Students in Any SettingActive ParticipationCommunicationAccess to General Education Curriculum

  • Technology as a means to reach a goal

  • Low Tech

  • Mid tech

  • High Tech

  • AnswerWhen possible use a voice output device to give students a voice and respond just like other studentsPresent low tech pictures representing answer choices to student on eye gaze board or velcro boardUse a Step by Step to answer Record a single answer or a series of answers on a Step by Step and gives to the student to activate.Use a Go Talk 20, TechSpeak or TechTalk with an overlay prepared with Boardmaker symbols representing answer choicesDynamic Display devices with core or content specific vocabulary that they can navigate to independently

    *Tip: Allow student enough wait time to respond and use prompt hierarchy as appropriate

  • ChooseUse a display of items or picturescan be presented using low to high tech Direct the students attention to each choice, Look at the first choice right here. Now look at the 2cnd choice, etc Make sure the student has looked at all options. Build choice making into as many activities as possible across the day

  • ColorAllow a student with significant physical disability to participate in a coloring activity by directing a peer or adult to color using a voice output deviceProvide adapted access to markers, crayons, paints, etcUse a Step-by-Step to record a series of directionsFirst color the flower blue. Then color the stem green. Then make the sun yellow.Use a TechTalk or other display to allow the student to make a choice of colors from a color based overlay.Use switch adapted digital camera to take a picture of what is being represented in a drawingProvide directions by independently navigating to appropriate vocabulary on dynamic display deviceUse computer software (Intellitools Classroom Suite provides switch accessible paint tools) to produce artwork

  • CommentStudent uses their voice output device to make a comment that can be repeated throughout an activityProgram Step-by-Step to say a single comment Cool or a series of comments, such as Awesome!, No way, Check it out!Keep a Step-by-Step ready to go with an I have something to say symbol on it and program it throughout the day with interesting comments Use Comments overlay on TechTalkInclude a general comment as core vocabulary on a Go Talk 20 PlusUse dynamic display core vocabulary to generate comments*Tip: When verbally prompting a student to communicate using their voice output device use language such as Tell us something about rather than Hit the switch

  • CountUse a number line as a low tech tool for counting, where the student uses his finger to indicate each number countedThe student uses a Step-by-Step to participate in counting activitiesProgram a Step-by-Step with numbers 1-10, step counting (2s, 5s, 10s, etc).Look for a variety of counting opportunities throughout the daynumber of students in a group, number of books read, number of dollars/coins needed to pay, etc

  • CookUse Powerlink to run electric mixer or blenderUse Step-by-Step to have student read each step of a recipeProvide sequenced steps of recipes on other voice output devices

  • Get The student uses voice output device to direct peers or adults in the process of getting something they need or want--create carrier phrase such as:Could you get it for me?I need my.

  • GlueUse PCS on an Etran for actions glue, color, cutThe student uses a Step-by-Step to participate in gluing activities with a peer helperI need to put glue on thisplease help meCreate a sequence of messages in a color cut and paste activity Use higher end voice output devices to provide directions

  • ReadCreate or use PCS adapted booksUse a Step-by-Step to record pages of a book for student to read independently or with a peerUse Listening Center with books on tape or CDuse Powerlink to allow switch to controlUse computer with text to speech (Intellitools Classroom Suite, Clicker 5, Online Stories --One More Story,, PowerPoint)

  • ReportStudent will use a Step-by-Step to give a report on an activity, science experiment, etcProgram the Step-by-Step to go with a set of pictures, objects, etc so that the student can give a sequence of informationUse sequence of symbols on mid tech deviceStudent, independently or with support can generate a PowerPoint Slide Show and narrate with PowerTalkStudent can generate a report using high tech device, Intellitools Classroom Suite, or Clicker 5 then save and present

  • WriteAdapted writing tools (fat pencils, grips, etc)Use of AlphaSmart KeyboardStudent will engage in writing activities using Intellitools Classroom Suite or Clicker 5 on the computer.Use Intellikeys with an overlay or switch(es) to scan through a selection of words and phrases. Can be scaffolded to be made simpler or more complex depending on the needs of the student

  • Range of Supports for Communication and AccessDevices and Software often available in MCPS


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