Assistive Technology and Peer Socialization in Early Childhood Special Education: Part IIBy Dinse, Phyllis; AT Journal, Vol. 121, No. 1
Publication Date: May 2006
Article focuses on the importance of using assistive technology (AT) to increase children’s access to their classroom environment, and discusses using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and computers to help children to build friendships. Assistive technology can help children to participate in play activities, as the use of wheelchair basketball hoops, raised sensory tables for water and sand, and adapted tricycles can be used for play activities. Augmentative and alternative communication devices can allow children with communication disabilities to express themselves during play, as the importance of gender and age appropriate responses for AAC device programming is discussed. The use of computer software programs is another way to promote peer socialization, as children can take turns working on programs together provided that the applications are accessible.
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