Why Assistive Technology Matters
Assistive technology, whether something as simple as a pencil grip or as complicated as a communication device, has the power to change lives and opens doors of opportunity for people with disabilities. The TIKES Project helps to open these doors for parents and providers by educating them on and promoting the use of assistive technology with children and students with disabilities ages birth to 5. Assistive technology can support young children in building skills, increasing participation in activities, promoting development, enhancing learning, and boosting self-esteem.
Trainings on Demand
The TIKES Project provides hands-on trainings to parents and professionals on a variety of early intervention/early childhood and assistive technology topics. These trainings are being developed into training materials of value to both parents and professionals. Professionals can use the materials in peer-to-peer or teacher-to-parent trainings. Parents can use any of the materials to learn more about how assistive technology can help their child. Additional materials for each set, including handouts and short videos, are also being developed to support parents’ and educators’ understanding and use of assistive technology.
Upcoming STC Workshops & Events
The TIKES project provides Up Coming Trainings on assistive technology to meet both parent and professional needs. Many of these trainings are held at PACER Center, located in Bloomington, MN. We also make these trainings available via a streaming service so you can view the materials from another location such as home or work. This experience is flexible and interactive and allows participants to interact with the presenters via a chat window monitored by TIKES staff.
Introduction to Assistive Technology for Young Learners
Date: Monday, December 05, 2016
This workshop will help families, caregivers, and professionals understand the breadth and scope of assistive technology (AT) available for young children (birth to five). Participants will learn what assistive technology is, the continuum of AT from the very simple to complex, and the research. On site participants will have an opportunity to explore items demonstrated following the live event.
Including Assistive Technology in the IFSP and IEP
Date: Monday, January 16, 2017
Assistive technology is an important part of a studentís education plan, but how to document it in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) isnít always clear. This workshop will provide families of children birth to five, teachers, and educators a way to be intentional about the process of considering assistive technology and ensure it is included in the IFSP/IEP documents.