July 12, 2016

Trouble with pencil grip? Two great tools

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By Kathy Kuhl     One of my favorite tools for those who struggle with pencil grip–how to hold it correctly, and how to hold it without getting tired–is the Twist-n-Write pencil by Baumgartens. (Links are below.) Shaped like a wishbone, this pencil: makes it easier to hold a pencil correctly lets the sensory-seeking child […]

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January 26, 2016

Unusual tool for teens with handwriting difficulties

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by Kathy Kuhl When I speak at conventions on helping teens overcome struggles with writing, one piece of technology for folks with handwriting problems gets more oohs and ahhs than any other. Since it generates so much interest, I’ve decided to write about it. Livescribe Smart Pen looks like a pen, but it is more. It has a microphone […]

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April 19, 2014

Tools to Help Students with Writing Difficulties

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Know a child or teen who struggles with writing? Wonder what tools can help? In such a fast-growing field, it’s hard to keep up. But don’t stick with the old technology (like my old manual typewriter shown here). Try something new. I’ve found three resources this week: The mother-daughter team of Darla and Kaila Hatton […]

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June 19, 2013

Webinar: Assistive tech for middle school & up

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Joan Green is the best source I know for keeping up with assistive technologies. On June 25, 27 and July 1, she’s giving a series of webinars these next two weeks, discussing tools to help students with organization, reading, and writing, as well as free online tools and iPad apps.

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February 22, 2013

Software and technology tools

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My local Virginia support group, GiftsNVA, had the privilege of hearing Joan Green. Joan helps parents find software and other tech tools to help their special children. Joan’s newest book is out, The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education. This gold mine of resources includes technology to improve verbal expression, to improve auditory comprehension, and […]

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February 22, 2013

An Introduction to Assistive Technology

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Eli Frank Sapp has written a Kindle book that provides a good, short introduction to assistive technology, Learning Disabilities and Assistive Technology.

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February 22, 2013

Choosing assistive technology carefully

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Joan L. Green, author of The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education: Resources for Education, Intervention, and Rehabilitation, wrote a useful article on the need for care in choosing appropriate assistive technology, in her new article, “The World of Apps- They keep on coming!” Among other things, she illustrates the complexities of choosing […]

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February 22, 2013

Is Google making us stupid?

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If you don’t have time to read Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, here is the article that led to the book,“Is Google Making Us Stupid?” in The Atlantic magazine.

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February 22, 2013

Time Timer: shows you time passing

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Not high-tech, but so handy! The Time Timer is a visual timer that is great for students, for me, and for anyone often loses track of the time, or as we prefer to call ourselves,”chronometrically impaired.” Since the red fraction of the disk shrinks as time passes, even a child who cannot tell time or […]

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February 22, 2013

iPad and iPhone apps

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When folks ask about iPad and iPhone apps, it’s hard to pick a few to show because they do so many different things. If I show you two, the four I don’t show may be the ones that look worthwhile to you or interest your child. Nevertheless, here is one favorite,iWriteWords. There is a free […]

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