I teach in a self-contained setting; I teach students with intellectual disabilities students on the autism spectrum. They are loving, happy, and strong-willed individuals. I work with many students who are considered non-verbal and require visual aids and assistive technology to communicate their wants and needs as well as to function in the total school environment.
Although my students interact, communicate, and learn differently, it is important to remember that my students are people first and that each student is an individual with strengths and unique needs.
My hard-working students require individual accommodations to achieve at their highest level. Each student uses teacher-made material to help them succeed in all areas — socially, behaviorally, and academically.
Additional iPads in our classroom will allow multiple students to effectively communicate and interact with academic material and others in a total school environment. Right now, my students have access to my personal iPad. But with even that one iPad, I have seen students become more involved, more engaged, and more interested in learning. The iPad will provide a voice for my students, allowing them to better interact with peers, more clearly express personal wants and needs, and overall improve confidence. With an additional iPad my student will have continuous access to communication apps within the total school environment and improve social communication with peers and adults.
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