Early Childhood & Assistive Technology: Tips & Tools to Support Young Children

Kim Bowen

Stacey Hauser, M.A.

Do you work with children birth to age 5 in a home-based environment or classroom who are receiving IFSP or IEP services? Do you know what Assistive Technology (AT) is and why it is important for very young children? Do you struggle with how to consider AT or write it into a child's plan if it is needed? Did you know there are supports available to you right here in Nebraska to help you with your AT needs?

Join us for this interactive and hands-on session to learn about AT for children birth to age 5. The session will include information on what AT is and why access is so important, examples of AT including low, mid and high-tech supports and devices, strategies to help participants gain a better understanding of how to consider and include assistive technology in an IFSP or IEP, and information on how to access assistive technology resources, supports, and services in Nebraska. Participants will also have the opportunity to create a low-tech DIY AT item to take with them.

Intended Audience

Special Education Resource Teachers, Services Coordinators, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Administrators, Para-Educators, Parents.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will:

  • Identify 2 reasons that AT may be important for young children who experience a developmental delay or disability.
  • Identify at least 3 specific AT devices/systems that may help young children who experience a developmental delay or disability.
  • State 2 strategies for integrating AT into a child’s IFSP/IEP.
  • State at least 2 strategies for accessing AT resources in Nebraska.