Assistive technology can be especially helpful to students with autism because AT devices or services can help them work around their challenges in academic achievement skills or with functional performance.
AT can be low-tech, mid-tech or high-tech:
Low-tech: Anything that does not require electricity, this can include sand timers, sensory balls, weighted vests, PECS,
pencil grip and visual schedules.
Mid-tech: Designed to be relatively inexpensive and easy to operate, this can include batter-operated sensory toys, visual timers, and social skills videos.
Your child’s IEP team must ensure that assistive technology devices or services are made available to your child if needed. You can start by calling an IEP team meeting to discuss AT with your child’s team. You can also request an assistive technology evaluation to determine your child’s needs.
I was introduced to AT when I went back to school to get an additional degree as a disability specialist. This where my affection for AT bloomed and the seeds of the Life Skills Lady were planted. After years of advocating for students with autism and my experience with my own son, I have seen first hand that life skills and the right tools for the task go together like peas and carrots.