Occupational Therapy & Assistive Technology Services for Children, Families, and Educators
AT TOOLBOX FOR COMPLEX LEARNERS
For students with complex profiles, AT services can address a multitude of skill areas - from positioning and motor control, to visual field considerations and modified presentation of materials (2D versus 3D, high contrast, object versus symbol versus text). AT tool selection is as important as the positioning of the user and the tools they use!
There are limitless ways to adapt materials, modify existing devices, offer additional support solutions, or access curriculum with accessible software programs. Based on the needs of the student, tasks at hand, and environment, some examples of assistive technology examples are listed below.
Alternate Access Tools
How a person interacts with the technology they use is also referred to as "access skills." Whether your child uses a touch screen, keyboard, mouse, stylus, eye gaze, or switches to access technology depends on a multitude of fine and gross motor, visual motor, and cognitive skills.
Sometimes, assistive technology services include adjusting or modifying existing technology to meet a person's individual needs. These customizations allow the AT user to be more independent than they otherwise would be.
The question of how to visually present and physically mount technology is another aspect of AT service delivery. These solutions are based on individual access methods, positioning, and usage needs. Wheelchair, tabletop/desktop, or portable setups may be necessary.
The positioning of a person can greatly impact his/her ability to function. We demonstrate different skills based on how we are seated, standing, and moving. When we look at the ability to access technology, positioning plays an integral role in identifying solutions.
If the "hardware" is the actual device that a person uses, the "software" are the programs, apps, and extensions that are needed to make that device work for a specific user. Chrome extensions and apps, iOS apps, and other mobile technology programs can support literacy programming, independent life skills, organization and planning, and communication.