Pick a task or two in which you’d like to improve. Perhaps, you are frequently forgetting to do a specific task, wishing you had checked the weather report, or you’d like to improve your grammar. Below are three ways to use technology to improve each of these tasks.
It is easy to become overwhelmed! There is an endless amount of apps/software/technology available. There are so many features, tweaks and tips within that technology. You can see the limitless potential for your student/client. Pick one thing; perhaps the student will dictate one sentence per day or read 10 minutes a day using text to speech. Short frequent opportunities will produce the best results.
Settle onto the couch with your morning cup of coffee and take a really deep breath. Assistive Technology is not perfect, nor the person implementing it, nor the person using it. There will be glitches, setbacks, and other hiccups. It is okay to grow change and morph the technology as the need changes. It is beneficial to have a clear idea of the end goal but, it is okay to start before everything is in place and the stars have aligned.
Jennifer is a licensed Occupational Therapist and Adjunct Faculty at the University of New Hampshire. She obtained her B.S. with a double major and honors in Psychology and Health Sciences from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Ms. Stylianos completed graduate school at Tufts University in Medford, MA where she obtained her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
Ms. Stylianos has been working exclusively in the field of assistive technology for almost a decade. Her passion is blending technology with real tasks to create solutions that work now and help to build the student’s lagging skills. She has presented locally and nationally on a variety of subjects including emergent writing, executive functioning supports and switch access.
She lives in NH with her husband and four children, a spoiled dog and two cats.