A Review of Evidence on Practices for Teaching Young Children to Use Assistive Technology Devices

Philippa H. Campbell, Suzanne Milbourne, Lauren M. Dugan, Martha Wilcox

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    52 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    Published articles about assistive technology (AT) from 1980 through 2004 were reviewed to identify those that focused on infants and young children. A total of 104 articles about AT with infants and toddlers were identified, and of these, 23 reported practices for teaching switch activation (12), computer use (6), power mobility skills (4), or augmentative and alternative communication (1). A majority of the subjects were children with physical or multiple disabilities. Studies used group, single-subject, and case study reports. Only one study used random assignment to conditions. Across all devices, the primary teaching strategy was opportunity to access and use the device, either independently or with teacher or peer facilitation. For the most part, children learned to use the targeted device and gained competence in device use through practice.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3-13
    Number of pages11
    JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special Education
    Volume26
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 2006

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A Review of Evidence on Practices for Teaching Young Children to Use Assistive Technology Devices'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this