DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
Occupational Therapists, could it be...
- You have many people asking you questions about using technology to help their child but you really don't know what to suggest.
- You feel that technology is something to use when other options are limited--like when the child needs support with writing--as you are known as the "fine motor" or "keyboarding" therapist.
- You are asked what to do with an iPad after it's assigned to a child but you're not sure what your role is with technology--so you keep your suggestions limited and keep focused on your traditional recommendations.
- Your focus with technology is based on what's available in the school or what others request of you, such as keyboarding strategies.
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Parents, are you finding...
- Your child is frustrated with school tasks but will spend hours on their iPod or iPad.
- You have tried to find someone to help your child learn but you and your child just end up spending more time doing the same work as in school, with similar results.
- You have been given many suggestions and resources, but you don't know what to do first--and when you try to put them all in place, you and your child end up frustrated and in tears.
- Your child is doing "OK" but inside they suffer from low esteem as they can't work as quickly as their peers or friends.
- You need support to figure out what to do next, but you can't find REAL suggestions that fit your child's needs or your schedule.
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Let's eliminate frustration, confusion and questions!
- Technology is not passive: it's very active and engages kids in a way that lets them use all of their senses--which leads to learning and expressing themselves in an independent way.
- Technology can offer ways of helping kids that traditional approaches do not offer--it doesn't change everything, but it's very powerful and can't be overlooked.
- It's important to know what your child's needs are and to find the technology that fits their needs--not the other way around.
- Small gains can lead to big results. Focus on small details while keeping the big goal in mind.
- Technology is not all or nothing. It can support what your child is doing right now--without adding one more difficult task to their day.
- Using technology is a skill of its own: develop it in a powerful way, so kids can use it in a powerful way when they need it.
- It's important to start early with technology support: the gains made with technology will almost appear unnoticeable, as the child makes progress while using the '"right" support and tools at the "right" time.
- Technology can't be powerful when "left on a shelf" too long. If a child is frustrated for quite a while and is offered technology at the "peak" of this frustration, it might look like technology didn't help them...even if it had the ability to give the child what they needed.