I think they forgot to mention us!
I read a lot of articles and blogs on the web. The National Center for Learning Disabilities is a wonderful resource for all things LD. This is a handy tip list of ways to help your child (or student). I really appreciate #1, “If you’re just starting to investigate assistive technology, make sure you understand the basics—what AT can and cannot do.” I think they should have put something about talking to your PATINS Coordinator after that!As educators we all know that we spend time teaching students how to use a textbook. We do not expect them to know what bolded words mean, what can be found in the appendix, or even how to read the chapter. We seem to forget that we need to teach students the ins and outs of using technology. Not just how to use it, but when it is replacing or modifying something they have been using up to this point. The student may just need validation that they are indeed using the device at the right time and correctly. It is as awkward for them as it is for you. PATINS is always ready to help you become the expert. Here is the link to the rest of the article.
Another resource comes from Don Johnston, it is a literacy curriculum selector chart. It is a part of the extras and support for their reading programs, but it highlights different skills and shows what materials target those skills. Not just their products, but others as well. Very handy!
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