Assisstive Technology

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.

For more information, check out this awesome article Benefits of a Visual Timer

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