The purpose of AT for Educational Productivity is to assist the team in identifying specific supports to enable the student to maximize their access to the general and special education curriculum. Specialized Orthopedic Services for the Orthopedic Impaired or Physical or Health Impairment (OI/PHI) are under this category. The following are examples of Assistive Technology:
Books on tape/CD/MP3
Word processing devices
Adaptive computer access— adaptive keyboards, joy sticks, touch screens, etc.
Software: speech to text, word prediction
Access to curricular materials: Bookshare, ebooks
These recommendations are made in collaboration with Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
Service options, supportive equipment and assistive technology recommendations depend upon the identified needs of each student. Recommendations are reviewed, discussed and agreed upon by the IEP team.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that is used to express thoughts, needs, wants and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write.
People with severe speech or language difficulties rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative supports such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, can help people express themselves. These devices can increase a person’s social interaction, school performance and feelings of self-worth.
AAC users should not stop using speech if they are able to do so. The AAC supports and devices are used to enhance communication, not replace speech.
PCOE provides specialized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services directed toward developing functional communication such as:
Implementation instruction for educational teams and the individuals they support
WHERE ARE DHH STUDENT LOCATIONS?
Students are taught in district general education settings, charter school programs, district special education programs, county special education programs, Home Hospital Instruction (HHI), or in the PCOE Regional DHH program.
DOES PCOE OFFER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES?
PCOE has a department focused on providing a wide variety of assistive technology devices to help children excel on an academic and personal level. From adaptive desks to special computer software, we have the tools your child deserves.
I HAVE AN INFANT WITH A DISABILITY. DOES PCOE OFFER SUPPORT?
PCOE offers amazing support and services for infants with disabilities. Our team works with the family to establish the proper development of their child. Our relationship-based approach guides children and parents through normal everyday activities, and ensures they're ready for the next phase of development.
Sign Language Resource
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Infant Development Resource
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