Making Decisions About Assistive Technology With Infants and Toddlers

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

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    Abstract

    The present study examined and contrasted beliefs and decision-making practices concerning the use of assistive technology (AT) with infants and toddlers. Participants were 424 multidisciplinary early intervention providers drawn from across the United States. A majority of professionals disagreed with proposed belief statements about AT with infants and toddlers. Decision-making practices, however, followed the reported trend of underutilization of AT in early intervention in that providers did not generally select AT options until children were older than 24 months. Reported beliefs were not associated with decision-making practices. Future research and training should focus on factors that are likely to influence the decisions that professionals make in practice.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)25-32
    Number of pages8
    JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special Education
    Volume26
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 2006

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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