Assistive technology (AT) for students and adults with exceptional needs

Kim Nichols-Green, MSE, ESDM

Technology is all around us. You can find an app for just about anything from tracking calories to organizing finance. 

Assistive technology (AT) is also used to enhance the lives of students and adults with exceptional needs. Any item, piece of equipment or product system - whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized - that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities is an AT. AT enhances student participation and allows students to mainstream and interact with peers.

Apps (available for android and iPad) include Happy Habits, Stop Panic & Anxiety, Breath to Relax, Social Skill Builder and more. These ATs are helpful to sooth and educate once a diagnosis is made.

For a short list of AT Android apps recommended by the Treffert Center, click here. The AT iPad apps list are located here

Kim Nichols-Green, MSE, ESDM, a certified autism therapist educator at Treffert Center, also teaches assistive technology  in the special education department at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


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