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Help for Parents: Two new opportunities are available to navigate the maze of technologies to support your child

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Are you interested in starting to use technology to help your child experience greater success and less frustration with school activities that involve reading, writing, organization and focus? Are you searching for the best ways to help keep... read more
 

Tips for Parents To Help High Schoolers with Reading, Writing, Learning and Organizing

Ideas for learning more about technologies to help our teenagers
As parents, we want to do what is best for our children. Navigating interactions with our older students is complicated. Each age and set of circumstances presents constantly evolving issues to consider. If we hover too closely as... read more
 

Getting Started with Assistive Technology

Guest post for Maryland Assistive Technology Network February 1, 2015
Entire article with images can be found at http://marylandlearninglinks.org/atblog Text to speech. Speech recognition. Word prediction. Guided Access. Digital calendars. Reminders. The Livescribe Recording Pen. Bookshare. Learning Ally. Kid safe... read more
 

Now Available- Assistive Technology in Special Education- 2nd Edition

Resources for Education, Intervention and Rehabilitation
We all know children who struggle with speaking, understanding, reading, writing, thinking, learning or remembering. Families, teachers, and therapists who are searching for an update about how to use the latest technologies to help... read more
 

Cause and Effect Apps to Help Individuals with Severe Cognitive and Communicative Challenges

Some of Joan's top picks and strategies for using simple interactive apps to help young children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

I am often asked to help individuals explore the potential of using the iPad to enhance communication and learning. There are many students who are making very little, if any, progress in their current educational setting despite many years of intervention. They are unable to show what they know or express themselves. ...I am consulted to try something new- the iPad. It does not work miracles- but it can be a helpful tool in engaging others and creating joint attention, environmental awareness and focus which is often where therapy needs to start.

 

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Using Music in Therapy

Top picks for music apps to help people who have communication and cognitive challenges such as autism spectrum disorders, aphasia and head injuries

It is well known that music is a wonderful tool that can be used to enhance communication skills and make therapy more enjoyable for people young and old. ...Some of the apps turn the iPad into a musical instrument, some provide lyrics or up close lip movement while singing and others can be used to play favorite musical selections....Here are a few of the apps/online sites with music that I find myself using repeatedly to make our sessions more fun and effective. There are hundreds of music apps available.

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Helping Our Children at Home

Enhancing Communication and Progress toward Goals through Play

Play is how children learn. As parents, therapists and teachers, many of us get caught up in the day to day chores we need to keep up with our hurried lifestyle and may forget about how important it is for us to have fun and actively play with our kids. When people of any age are happy and engaged, they learn better. Structured play with specific goals in mind is a great way to promote progress toward communication, cognitive and even literacy goals. Many families need help learning how to play with their children..... In my experience, many parents do not receive enough direct communication and support from the professionals who are helping their children.

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