Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Special Needs Students Using Tablet Computers To Facilitate Learning, Communication

An article in the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News (4/10, Malawskey) narrates a visit with a six-year-old child with Down syndrome who is able to communicate with an Apple iPad, but "cannot say more than one word at a time." The piece describes the boy's school, Early Childhood Center in Derry Township, where he attends first grade. "The portability, accessibility and adaptability of tablet computers were not missed by the special-needs community, which very early grasped the possibilities they presented. But technology alone is no panacea for the challenges of education, said Kirsten Yurich, chief clinical officer at the Vista School in Derry Twp."

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