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How to find assistive technology loans in your state
Let’s be honest–finding assistive technology that works with any of our students with more involved needs can be intimidating, let alone pricey! Communication devices can come with astronomical price tags. What’s more nerve-wrecking than hoping that you’ve selected JUST the right technology for a child?! What about a child who needs adaptive switches, or switch-operated toys?! Those things just don’t grow on trees!
I’ve probably said almost every one of those phrases, and so have a lot of my colleagues. Fear not. Each of the 50 states offer assistive technology loan programs, and some even offer trial runs of products that are very much like a “try for awhile before you buy” system. (Can we have that system set up with shoes? Just a thought. Someone make that happen!) Psstt–assistive technology includes communication devices!
Here’s a list of assistive technology loaner/trial programs I’ve found for each of the 50 states. I use this system quite often in my outpatient/early intervention positions, and it’s been an absolute life-saver. I’ve used it to just try a device, grab a piece of tech that I didn’t have access to, or use it as a hands-on demonstration to improve parent buy-in. If you’re school-based only, you can still use these resources. Just remember–state laws can be really finicky about suggesting parents rent/trial assistive technology, so know your state and district’s policy. And if you rent/loan/trial a piece of equipment yourself, you’re financially responsible!
Simply find your state listed below and copy/paste the link into a new browser to start perusing what your state has to offer! [This is list is current as of 4/19/2016]
Have a resource or website you love in your state that I didn’t list? Leave it in the comments or e-mail me and I’ll add it to the list right away!
If you’re looking for helpful handouts to use with teachers/parents to help reinforce AAC-related information, be sure to check out these resource handouts in my Teachers Pay Teachers store! (click the picture/text to download)
I am thick in the middle of IEP season which means LOTS of talking with parents & teachers 💬 These AAC handouts are a DREAM during times like this, and make for a great tangible take away for parents & teachers alike. (Plus anything on #astrobrights is just 😍)
You can download both the parent & teacher packets in my TpT store, and even download a sample for free! 😀
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A friend of mine posted on FB a few months ago about how every night at bedtime, she tells her children "what she knows" (thanks Carrie!) So...I took her idea and started doing this with my children. Now, every night before bed, I can't leave their room without Aislyn saying "Mommy, tell us what you know." I hold her tight and whisper "I know that you are kind. I know that you have a beautiful heart. I know that you are brave. I know that you are smart. I know that you are a good leader. I know that you are strong. And I love you as big as the sky but who loves you more?" And without hesitation she answers "God." Now I will tell you Aislyn is my tender-hearted child. She is also my reserved girl, who fears spiders, loud noises, animals, and any person she doesn't know well. Saying that statement "I know that you are brave" to her every night has made a noticeable change in her. The other day, she saw a stink bug in our bathtub (#reallife here). Instead of the normal fear-stricken, frozen look in her eyes, or worse, ear-damaging shrieking, she calmly came and told me about it and said "Mommy, I was brave."
I took this idea further and thought "What if I told every one of my students what I know?" What if before they left speech, they heard "Do you want to know what I know?" I know that you are brave. I know that you are kind. I know that you are a leader. I know that you are smart. I know that you are loved." This would bring change. And it starts with me and telling them what I know.
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We 😍loooove😍 using window clings (no, I don’t have an ACTUAL window 🤨) during the holidays! ... They’re very inexpensive and we use them for all kinds of goals: requesting, labeling, commenting, spatial concepts, following directions, describing & more! 🤓💕 ... See MoreSee Less
It’s the little things in our day that few other people truly understand that mean the most sometimes, right? ... Enter #theslpaward ! If we were coworkers, I would totally hand out awards to each of you because you’re awesome every day and often feel like the unsung hero. ... Who in your SLP or SPED life would earn this award today? (Read: not me 🤷🏻♀️) ... See MoreSee Less