3 Tricks to Implementing AT Today

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January 31, 2018

3 Tricks to Implementing AT Today

Use It Yourself

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.

  1. iCal, Google Cal, or Outlook: add an appointment for the task to your calendar there are incredible alert features built-in.  You can also set up multiple alerts so you can get an alert the day before and then one 5, 10, 30 minutes before the activity.
  2. IFTTT: If This Then That is a free automated system to help the different technologies you use to work together in new and different ways.  One way to use it is to have your favorite weather app text you a weather report every morning at a set time.
  3. Ginger Grammar Checker: Ginger works great as an extension for your Chrome Browser.  It checks your writing based on the context of complete sentences, Ginger Grammar Checker uses patent-pending technology to correct grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes and misused words, with unmatched accuracy.

Tackle One

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.

Not Perfect

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.

About The Author

Jennifer Stylianos

Jennifer Stylianos, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP

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.

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