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iPad Technology for Children with Special Needs
My students need an iPad to help them with their speech and language goals.
Can you imagine what it is like to have difficulty with basic communication, expressing yourself or understanding others? This is the challenge many that my students face.
I work with 3 through 11-year-olds who have speech and language challenges.
Some of my children are non-verbal, some have difficulty with articulation, others have difficulty with expressive and receptive language. What's more, many of these students do not have access to technology that is critical in helping to overcome these challenges, despite the development of systems that are usually only available to schools that have greater resources.
Part of this technology gap can be covered by a high-tech solution that combines a multitude of applications for various learning opportunities, such as a tablet or iPad. Working with an iPad will encourage and help engage these students, who often need more visual, auditory, and tactile supports than other children. Various apps and individual programs on the iPad specifically support these areas of language and speech development, and will give these children the opportunity to thrive and make gains in areas which are most difficult for them. Certain apps help provide students visual and auditory models and in turn can help make speech and language fun.
Working on basic communication can be a challenge. The iPad can make this a fun challenge for students who are frustrated or upset with their attempts to overcome their learning challenges.
Technology has advanced in ways that can help children with mild to severe learning difficulties overcome these obstacles with greater ease, but access to these technologies is not cheap.
By helping provide this device, I hope to improve the lives of a multitude of students for years to come.
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