Thank you to CT Tech Act Project and Stacy Fulton, EASTCONN Assistive Technology Specialist, ATP, OTR/L, CAPS for this post highlighting the benefits of assistive innovation readily available for discovering at home. Every state and area has a State AT Program that loans devices to attempt at school, work, or home. Find yours.
When school structures closed in mid-March due to COVID-19, I joined the ranks of Connecticuts educators, therapists and AT companies who were required to find creative, alternative methods to supply direct services. Among my greatest obstacles was how to offer suitable services for a student with significant physical and visual impairments who needed assistive technology in order to take part in his academic shows. Because this young male would need to work from home, EASTCONNs AT team decided to provide a refresher course in innovation to the trainees mother. She was delighted and eager to learn how to use his comprehensive variety of devices; once it was delivered, we established a training schedule that fit her needs.
The students mommy rapidly mastered each gadget and had the ability to utilize them at house with her kid on a daily basis. Mama effectively adjusted to holding the switch for the student, given that he was awaiting the arrival of a new switch mount. Mother gladly shared his success with the gadgets in the house by sending out videos to our group. Examine out the Facebook video to see how well this trainee utilized his assistive technology to take part in a food-prep activity with his mom (and see his valuable smile!).
Every Monday, we presented one brand-new “device” with our trainees mama. We shared videos to enhance the technology set-ups and functions and taught her how to connect and use them. With this training she had the ability to support her sons development in interaction, cognition, involvement in virtual class conferences and recreation.
The devices that existed include a gain access to switch, iPad/talker with GoTalk Now for choosing through acoustic scanning, Powerlink to participate in functional house activities, All-Turn-It Spinner to increase his involvement in virtual class meetings, Step-by-Step Communicator to share unique details during virtual class conferences, a laptop with switch gain access to for accessing auditory books and switch websites, and a switch-adapted Uno Attack video game for social interaction and leisure.