Making a difference with technology
Tablets, computers and SMART Boards are just some of the tools that our team here at Giant Steps use with every child to build critical developmental skills and foster communication and learning.
Speech and communication disorders are one of the primary challenges experienced by children with ASD and a focus of each child’s Individual Education Plan. Under the direction of our Speech and Language Pathologist, we use a variety and combination of strategies and tools including speech and voice output therapy, iPads, augmentative communication devices, sign language and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). With Proloquo2go software and its voice output feature, many of our kids use iPads as expressive tools, enabling them to communicate their wants and needs, make choices and greet others.
With thousands of apps, unlimited academic and skill development activities are a finger swipe away. Our teachers and therapists use them to teach and practice math, literacy and social skills, to focus a child’s attention and reinforce positive behaviours, and for date collection. Scheduling and timing apps help ease the transition and anxiety issues our students often experience moving to a new activity or setting. Our kids have journals on their iPads, enabling them to share what has happened at school or home. And in their neighbourhood schools, iPads provide wonderful links between our students and typically developing classmates.
In addition to iPads, our kids and staff use SMART Boards, laptop and touchscreen computers, and other tablets in our classrooms and library/resource centre.
We are grateful to the kindness of these donors who have made significant grants for technology and resources here at Giant Steps.