Assistive technology can be a great resource for young children with disabilities who are developing language and literacy skills. The Center for Early Literacy Learning recently published this study to demonstrate just how beneficial assistive technology can be:.
The effectiveness of different types of assistive technology for promoting the early communication and literacy abilities of young children 30 to 87 months of age was the focus of a meta-analysis. The synthesis included 36 studies of 687 children with disabilities or delays. The assistive technology that was the focus of use with the children included different types of speech generative devices (e.g., VOCA, CheapTalk, MINISPEAK) and various types of computer software and devices (e.g., computer-based instruction, adapted keyboards). Results showed that both types of assistive technology were effective in terms of promoting the children’s communication and literacy-related behavior, and that the nature of the relationships were much the same regardless of any child or intervention moderator variable. Implications for practice are described.