Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

November 8, 2016

Technology and Learning Disabilities, from a teacher’s perspective

Mo Froneberger MAT, educational specialist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, recently read a great article from Frog Jump Gazette, a publication from Handwriting Without Tears¬Æ, about personalized learning for core technology skills. The author shared some great suggestions for parents and teachers including: 

  • What to look for:
    • Find tools that are flexible and promote self-directed learning to help students develop independence and confidence in their abilities.
    • Find grade-level and developmentally appropriate activities that engage children‚Äôs sense of curiosity.
    • Select digital programs that enable strong school-to-home connections.
  • How to get started:
    • Assess students before and after each lesson or activity to better understand each child‚Äôs needs and skill level 
    • Set the homework/ classroom pace, and stop and review lessons with students before moving on to the next activity
    • Allow more advanced students to skip ahead so they can continue to challenge themselves

This article emphasizes the importance of students developing computer-based skills for independent learning. These skills are critical to all students especially those with learning disabilities. 

The educators at Child and Family Development offer treatment services related to technology including use of audible books, Dragon Naturally Speaking for transcription and many apps that help with learning and executive functioning and organization.   

Read more about how an educator can help here.

 

 

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