Assistive technology is technically defined as any device that helps a person with a disability complete an everyday task. While many assistive technologies are quite complicated, not all have to be. For instance, a visual timer can be counted as a piece of assistive technology. Many students with several different disabilities can benefit from the use of a timer. For students with autism, timers can be visual reminders of transitioning from one place or activity to another. For students with ADHD, a timer can be extremely helpful in self-monitoring. If a child is actively being reminded to assess what they are doing or how they are doing it, they are much more likely to stay on task.
A visual timer can also act as a way to include special needs children with their peers. While one student may need the timer more than usual, all students can benefit from more self-monitoring. Since these timers can also be used as a form of motivation (ie. “Only a few more minutes until lunch. I can do this!), timers can be beneficial for all students and even for teachers.
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