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Understanding Assistive Technology for Your Child's Academic Success

Season 4, Ep. 5

Are you feeling overwhelmed about understanding how assistive technology can support your child’s learning? In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins clarifies the often misunderstood world of assistive technology, sharing her own experiences and insights to shed light on how this resource can be tapped to unlock your child's full academic potential.


In This Episode:

- Genie delves into what assistive technology is and how it can level the playing field for children with disabilities.

- Discover the range of assistive technology, from low-tech solutions like pencil grips to high-tech software for speech-to-text functionality.

- Learn the significance of ensuring your child not only receives these technologies but is also adept at using them.

- Understand the institutional hesitancy around acknowledging and providing assistive technology, and prepare for the forthcoming discussion on challenging schools to check the assistive technology box on IEPs.


Key Takeaways:

- The Definition: Assistive technology includes any item, equipment, or system that enhances the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

- Importance of Early Implementation: Assistive technology can be introduced as early as pre-K or kindergarten to support a child's educational journey.

- Low to High-Tech: Ranging from pencil grips and planners to sophisticated computer programs, assistive tech is varied and adaptable to each child’s needs.

- Empowering Learning: The proper use of assistive technology, coupled with quality instruction, can significantly impact a student’s independence and academic achievement.

- Next Steps: Genie will continue the conversation on assistive technology, discussing how parents can advocate for its inclusion in their child’s education plan and hold schools accountable for their child’s success.


Links and Resources:

- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

- Learning Ally

- Sora Reading App

- Read and Write

- Article: [Benefits of Assistive Technology in Special Education](#)


Stay tuned for part two of our conversation on assistive technology in a future episode of The Parenting Cipher, where Genie will dive deeper into advocating for your child's needs in the realm of educational technology. 


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