Assistive Technology in Special Education: Resources to Support Literacy, Communication, and Learning Differences 3rd Edition

Families, teachers, and therapists who are searching for an update about how to use the latest technologies to help individuals who struggle with communication, literacy, and learning will benefit from the wealth of practical, well-organized information in this second edition of Assistive Technology in Special Education. The indexed update presents an overview of the uses of technologies to help readers zero in on specific, powerful, cutting-edge resources they can use to enhance success. The book features new tools to improve and compensate for challenges relating to speaking, understanding, reading, writing, thinking and remembering, as well as strategies to help students become more organized and efficient. The use of tablets such as the iPad and smartphones, as well as cloud-based products, are highlighted. Online resources and social networking tools are presented to empower readers to learn about new products as they become available.

As a child psychologist in private practice and nationally recognized digital parenting expert, I owe Joan Green a debt of gratitude for the time and dedication required to write and update this valuable resource. Ms. Green has done her homework and we are the beneficiaries. Written as a resource guide, Assistive Technology in Special Education 3rd Edition is chock full of important and, for many parents, hidden tools and software applications to help our students achieve. As technology advances, this updated guide provides its readers detailed instructions as to where and how to access the resources to help with a wide range of academic and functional skills. In fact, many of the resources included can be found free online and/or already “hidden” on devices many families already own. Ms. Green’s legwork will be appreciated by parents, teachers, and/or therapists assisting students with communication and learning or attention weaknesses, particularly as she guides her readers to specific websites, devices and applications. I share this book with parents in my clinical office, school meetings, and parenting workshops (both online and in person) with excitement, and parents express relief that Ms. Green understands their struggle as she provides clear and active support. Check out the preview and you will quickly see your student’s needs in the chapter headings. The digital world presents its challenges for all families, and Ms. Green has thoughtfully organized many technology advancements to help us manage and assist our students.

Dr. Adam Pelter

Child Psychologist, iParent.101

What an incredible resource! Rather than resting on her considerable laurels, Joan Green has put in the extraordinary effort to fully update her comprehensive encyclopedia of assistive technologies. As a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician who cares for patients with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental differences, I will continue to recommend this one of a kind book. Reliable, individualized, wise. Assistive Technology in Special Education reflects Joan’s years of clinical experience and her passion for sharing her knowledge. Highly recommended!

Dan Shapiro, M.D.

parentchildjourney.com

Assistive Technology in Special Education is a necessary tool for any parent, especially those with children in special education. The author offers innumerable and valuable suggestions and resources for all academic and organizational needs. I have served as a counselor, principal, and director of student support (overseeing the nurses, learning specialists, and counselors) and recommend this book as an important part of any library for parents and the school professional.

Jen Cort

Educational Consultant

Engaging and Communicating with People Who Have Dementia

by Eileen Eisner CCC-SLP, Health Professions Press

I was very pleased to be asked to contribute a chapter in this book about how to help people with dementia. I often see individuals who are lost in their own world with little interaction with those around them. New technologies now provide a way that family members as well as professionals can more easily engage people with dementia. Touch tablets can be used to both improve as well as compensate for cognitive challenges. Music, family photos, simple games, visually based calendars and videos are some of the ways that cutting-edge affordable technologies can help people who have no computer experience or had been resistant to computer use in the past.

I hope that this book will help the many families and caregivers who try so hard to enhance the quality of life of their loved ones with dementia.

Technology Tools for Students with Autism: Innovations that Enhance Independence and Learning

by Boser, K, Wayland, S, Goodwin, MS, Brookes Publishing

It was my pleasure to contribute to a chapter titled, “Technology to Support Literacy in Autism”.

Technology holds great promise for helping students with autism learn, communicate, and function effectively in the modern world. Start leveraging that power today with this forward-thinking book, your in-depth guided tour of technologies that support learners with autism and help them fully participate in their classroom and community. You’ll learn about readily available technologies you can use right now—from apps to video modeling—and explore next-wave innovations that will help shape the future of autism intervention, such as therapeutic robots and advanced virtual reality technologies. You’ll also get critical guidance on how to select the appropriate technology for your needs, weave technology into a universal design for learning framework, and conduct effective professional development so teachers make the most of new tools and strategies.​

I am in awe of this profoundly important body of work. Technology is revolutionizing the lives of all individuals with autism. This book will accelerate their access to state-of-the-art resources.

Kathleen Quill

Ed.D., Autism Institute