Assistive technology resources that aid learning
Updated: Mar 2
The advent of technology gained its dominance because of the new norm that everyone must accustom to. ATs are also great technological advancements that help give tailored fit solutions to the needs of people living with disabilities. This article will walk you through the list of some ATs tools or resources that you might want to consider to help aid your child’s learning.
1. Text-To-Speech Assistive Tools
Text-To-Speech or TTS is designed to tailor fit children with reading disabilities. It can assist children with dyslexia in addressing their challenges in reading large amounts of text. It also assists children with literacy issues and those who want to learn another language. It can also help visually impaired children as it increases accessibility to online content despite the challenges in vision.
The Kurzweil 3000
Is designed to assist children with reading disabilities. It is specifically a text-to-speech software for reading, study, and writing platform. Some of its features are 18 languages and dialects to choose from, over 40,000 picture dictionary graphics, a talking spell checker, and many more.
2. Graphic organizer
Is a helpful tool that helps students classify and organize ideas effectively. It can especially assist children or students having challenges with written expressions. It allows the child to choose different templates that best suit his/ her preference. It aims to help the child with decision-making, problem-solving and studying. It allows the student to hasten his/ her skills by allowing him/her to practice writing sentences by category and sub-category.
3. Draft: Builder
Is a digital app that helps the child or the student build or develop his or her writing skills.
4. Assistive Listening Systems
Assistive Listening Systems or better known as Assistive Listening Devices act as amplifiers. It particularly blurs out the noise from the background to highlight the verbal content or voice message. There are different types of ALs: FM, infrared or inductive loop technologies.
5. Sip-and-Puff Systems
Sip-and-puff systems are used by students who have motor skills barriers. These systems will allow the child or the student to communicate by sipping or puffing as their means of handling their equipment like a wheelchair, mobile device, or a computer.
6. Proofreading Software
Is designed to hone the student’s English skill set or assist anyone who is experiencing reading and writing difficulties.
Designed to assist students with learning and writing disorders, it has a grammar and sentence checker, word prediction, and many more.
Is designed to assist children and students who struggle with writing accurately. It provides suggestions for spelling and or grammatical errors.
9. Math Simulations
Is designed to help students visualize conceptual aspects of Math.
10. Math Tools
Is a speech recognition software that helps the child or the student comprehend basic to complicated Math problems with the help of a voice to text technology. It allows the child or the student to talk or speaks with the use of a microphone while learning Math.
Tools are important resources not only to the child but to the educators, carers, and family members as well. They need to be educated and familiarize themselves with the tools and resources to better assist and facilitate learning to the child with a learning disability.
Do you know someone who needs AT due to his/ her learning disability? If he/she is an NDIS participant, we can help him/her. Choosing to be Plan Managed by Yogi Care allows the participant to access NDIS registered and non-registered service providers offering ATs.