Not only am I a 23 year educator (wow…has it been that long?), I am a mother of 3 young (energetic) boys. My sons, although adorable loving and gifted in their own ways, each struggle in school…and each in a different way. All 3 boys are on IEPs to help accommodate their needs and support their learning success. My oldest son has ADHD. Focusing, organizing, and comprehension can be a challenge at times. My second son has cerebral palsy. He has a whole team of specialists in and outside of the school setting to help support him physically, academically and socially. As far as the youngest…well the verdict is still out on him.
So…what does my background have to do with teaching…everything! My eyes have opened and I finally “get it”. My boys have not only shaped me into being a mother who advocates for them but their challenges have really changed who I have become as an educator in the classroom. I have great understanding now of challenges that students have. Helping ALL kids is on my radar all day… every day.
I recently attended a low tech assistive technology conference and found some easy inexpensive tools that I can bring into my classroom to help and support my students for success.
So let’s start out with “What is Assistive Technology (AT)”?
AT is something that is used to increase a student’s capabilities, participation and independence in the classroom. Assistive Technology can be a range of things…electronic spelling dictionaries, weighted vest, lap pads, slant boards, iPads, fidgets, adaptive paper and the list goes on. When my son with CP was struggling to keep up with writing his work because of his left-sided weakness, he received an iPad from our AT Department. An iPad because of its cost would be considered high tech but this was my first experience hearing about the possibilities of assistive technology.
Take a look at a few of my favorite low tech tools…
Bumpy Seats and Flexible Seating
So where can you purchase Low Tech AT tools at a reasonable price?
All over really.
Michael’s and Joannes, LakeShore Learning and the Therapy Shoppe (if you do not know this website, it is beyond amazing!)
I love incorporating low tech AT in my classroom. I think it can be very helpful for some students.
What do you think?
What special things do you use in the classroom or at home to help kids?
I’d love to hear your success story below in the comments 🙂