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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is a device or tool that helps someone with a disability accomplish a specific task. Assistive technology can be high-tech , like audiobooks and text-to-speech (TTS), that can help people who have reading issues like dyslexia or have vision deficits. Other times, assistive technology can be low-tech, like a special rubber grip for a pencil. What all assistive technologies have in common is the goal of helping people with differing abilities access life and learning!

 

Every student can learn. Just not on the same day or in the same way.

~ George Evans

Executive Function

Executive function is a set of mental skills that includes working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control (Understood.org). These skills make it possible for us to pay attention; organize, plan, and prioritize; start and complete tasks; understand different points of view; regulate our emotions; and self-monitor (keep track of what we are doing). ADHD and Executive Function Disorder are not the same thing, yet have a lot in common. To better understand their relationship with each other visit this link.

 

Learning Strategies

Learning strategies consist of a set of methods or activities that teach a student a skill or concept. An example of a study strategy is spaced practice, in which studying is chunked or spaced out. An instructional intervention may include strategies, but is different from a strategy. An intervention is formalized, aimed at a known need, and monitored; whereas, a strategy can be informal and is not always tracked. An example of a reading intervention is the HillRAP program we use with some of our elementary students who have a reading disorder (dyslexia) diagnosis. Lastly, an accommodation is a change or addition that gives a student equal access to learning. An example of an accommodation would be extended testing time or the use of text-to-speech (read aloud) software on a test. 

 

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