Assistive Technology to Accommodate Diverse Learners
You have noticed that your early learning environment within your faith-based organization is super diverse this school year. Your class alone has a high percentage of underrepresented children of color, English language learners, low-income children, and children with special needs.
Instead of expecting all your young learners to react to a lesson plan activity in the same way, you have decided to plan for a diverse group of learners by focusing on the principles of universal design because of the academic and social benefits. Therefore, you begin planning to make accommodations for children who learn in different ways by incorporating the use of assistive technology to enhance learning for all children.
You understand that assistive technology devices can help young children, specifically children with special needs, communicate with others, access and participate in different learning opportunities, and help them get their needs met. You have decided to incorporate assistive technology into your early learning environment to help with common skills young children learn, such as: attaching larger grips to zippers and buttons to making it easier to get dressed, weighted blankets or toys that provide slight pressure on the body and help some children feel more calm and focused, and a roller ball mouse with an oversized trackball to move the cursor on the computer for a child who struggles to grip and use a standard mouse.