Educational Technology, Coaching & Assistive Technology
Does this tool address your child’s specific needs and challenges?
Does it use your child’s strengths?
Is there a simpler tool that would work as effectively?
Will it be easy to incorporate into everyday life?
Is it portable?
Is your child willing to use it?
Is your child able to use it? (Have your child try a demo.)
How easy is it to learn to use the tool?
Will you have support or training in how it works, even if it’s only used at school?
Will teachers have support or training in how it works?
Is the tool compatible with the existing technology your child uses? (For example, will the software work on your child’s mobile device or a school computer?)
How reliable is the device?
What technical support is available?
If the tool is purchased for school use only, do you have access to a comparable tool that your child can use at home?
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1. Audio Players and Recorders may help students listen to words while reading. Lecture capture and (TTS) on devices.
2. Timers such as [Class Tools Net Timer] & [Classroom Screen] are visual aids to help with pacing and transitioning tasks.
3. Reading Guides highlight one line at a time
4. Seat Cushions are great for sensory processing and attention issues.
5. FM Listening Systems can reduce background noise and amplify what the teacher says. This can help with auditory processing issues as well as attention issues.
6. Calculators with large displays and built-in speech output might help learners confirm that they have pressed the correct keys.
7. Writing Supports may include (STT) and word prediction
8. Graphic Organizers can help your students organize thoughts
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