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.
Including Assistive Technology in the IFSP and IEP
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
In this workshop, we will provide families, teachers, and other professionals a way to be intentional about the process of considering assistive technology and ensure it is included in the IFSP/IEP document. Participants will learn how to use the TIKES Project’s Child-Centered AT Plan to consider and document assistive technology for children ages birth to five.
Video Modeling in Early Childhood
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Video modeling can be an effective tool for teaching novel skills. This workshop will introduce participants to video modeling strategies and discuss methods for implementation in early childhood settings.
Assistive Technology for STEAM in Early Childhood
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
This workshop provides background information about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in early childhood settings, and information about how assistive technology can play a role in designing inclusive learning activities.
Finding and Funding Assistive Technology for Young Children
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Assistive technology (AT) can be a powerful tool for young children with disabilities. This workshop discusses a variety of ways to acquire, fund, and reuse AT.