This topical guide on assistive technology for infants and Toddlers will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

  • Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice
    Albert M. Cook & Susan M. Hussey
    Mosby, 2002
    This text covers assistive technologies, their use, a glossary of terms, a history of the field, standards of performance, case studies, and more.
    WB 320 .C771 2002
  • Assistive Technology for Young Children: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
    Kathleen C. Sadao. Paul H. Brookes, 2010
    This book is an unintimidating, reader-friendly guide to recommended AT practice for children birth to 5. Early childhood professionals and parents will learn about the broad spectrum of AT supports for children with disabilities—from low-cost, low-tech options such as Velcro and homemade switches to higher tech options such as speech-generating software.
    LC 4019.3 .S233 2010
  • Choices in Deafness: A Parent’s Guide to Communication Options
    Sue Schwartz (Ed.)
    Woodbine House, 2007
    This easy-to-read guide discusses communication options for children who are hearing impaired or deaf.
    HV 2471 .S399 2007
  • Clinician’s Guide to Assistive Technology
    Don A. Olson & Frank DeRuyter (Eds.)
    Mosby, 2001
    This book contains 26 chapters written by experts in assistive technology (AT). Intended for caregivers, teachers, and clinicians, this guide provides specific information on technical options available, expertise requirements, specific goals, and ideal applications of AT.
    WB 320 .C64184 2001
  • EZ at 2: Simple Assistive Technology Ideas for Children Ages Birth to Three: A Guide for Increasing Young Children’s Participation in Daily Activities and Routines
    PACER Center, 2011.
    Divided into daily living categories such as “At Home,” “Meal and Snack Time,” etc., this guide for parents and professionals offers simple, do-it-yourself solutions for anyone who wants to help infants and toddlers with disabilities participate more fully in recreational and other daily activities. Also available as a downloadable PDF.
    LC 4019.3 .P114 2011
  • Family Guide to Assistive Technology
    Katharin A. Kelker & Roger Holt
    Brookline Books, 2000
    This guide was written for both parents and professionals. It explains how to obtain, evaluate, and make the most of assistive technologies in helping young children with special needs.
    WB 320 .K29 2000
  • Foundations of Pediatric Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant
    Amy Wagenfeld & Jennifer Kaldenberg (Eds.)
    Slack, 2005
    This book addresses specific pediatric skill sets and employs an interdisciplinary perspective. Each chapter incorporates case studies and discussion questions.
    WS 368 .F771w 2005
  • How Katie got a voice: (and a cool new nickname)
    This story celebrates that which makes us all unique, but also highlights how sometimes a little help is needed to show us how much we are alike. When Katie is introduced to assistive technology, she is finally able to communicate with her new friends.
    WL 340.2 .M559k 2012


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

  • Assistive Technology for Early Intervention
    This free training, presented by the Utah Assistive Technology Program, covers assistive technology ideas for early intervention including: positioning, mobility, adaptive play, computer access, and daily activities of feeding and bathing that are available commercially and/or customized.
  • Communication Assistive Technology for Early Intervention
    This online training sponsored by Utah Assistive Technology Project, covers various types of assistive technology used to support symbolic communication development and the initial strategies to teach children how to communicate using these various communication devices. The training is useful for parents, teachers, speech language pathologists or other professionals who work with children who would benefit from using assistive technology to support communication.
  • Myths of Assistive Technology Use With Young Children: AT is Computers and Tablets
    There are several myths around the use of assistive technology with young children. This video series explores these myths and debunks them. In this first video we look at the perception of assistive technology as only computers and tablets and explore the range that makes up assistive technology.
  • Tech for Tots: Assistive Technology for Infants and Young Children
    16-minute VHS and kit
    USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), 2000
    This kit and video provide training materials for professional in-service presentations. Materials cover the purposes of assistive technology (AT) for young children, legal requirements, a family-centered approach, and teaming around AT.
    WB 320 T255 2000 45800381
  • Tools of Inclusion: Assistive Technology for Young Children
    30-minute DVD
    Western Illinois University, 2007
    This Apples Video Magazine presentation demonstrates how children use assistive technology as a learning and inclusion tool.
    You can watch this video online at the Apples Video Magazine YouTube Channel.
    HV1569.5 .T671 2007 191820764
  • Understanding Assistive Technology: Simply Said
    The definition of Assistive Technology presented by the PACER Simon Technology Center


  • Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs
    The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) is a national, member-based non-profit organization, comprised of state Assistive Technology Act Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act). ATAP facilitates the coordination of state AT Programs nationally and provides technical assistance and support to its members.
  • Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center
    Serving as a parent training and information center for Illinois residents outside of Chicago, this organization seeks to empower parents to achieve the strongest possible outcomes for children with special needs through a toll-free help line, information services, and training opportunities. Parents can subscribe to a quarterly newsletter via the Web site, register for training events, and access other resources.
  • Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD)
    Created by parents, professionals, and volunteers, FRCD seeks to improve services for all children with disabilities through parent training, special education rights seminars, and information assistance and support through telephone and mail requests. They also maintain an extensive list of Parent Support Groups.
  • Illinois Assistive Technology Program
    IATP’s mission is to increase access to and the acquisition of Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services for individuals of all ages with disabilities.


The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

  • Exceptional Parent, 30(6), 44-47, and Exceptional Parent, 30(7), 64-67
    Tech for Tots: Assistive Technology for Infants and Young Children: Part 1 and Part 2
    Toni Solano & Sonia K. Aller. (2000).
    These articles are adapted from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles training for professionals and parents. Part 1 explains the importance of assistive technology in the development of young children experiencing delays. Part 2 explains the practicalities of obtaining assistive technology devices.
  • Exceptional Parent, 33(8), 72-78
    Assistive Technology for Early Childhood
    Brian Simms. (2003)
    This article provides a concise overview of the various types and uses of assistive technology and the benefits for young children.
  • Young Exceptional Children, 20 (2)
    Assistive and Instructional Technology: Understanding the Differences to Enhance Programming and Teaching
    Collin Shepley, Justin D. Lane, Kevin Ayres, Karen H. Douglas. (2017).
    Young children who receive early intervention and early childhood special education services (EI/ECSE) may require accommodations to ensure equal access to the same opportunities as peers with typical development. Teachers should be prepared to effectively incorporate research-based AT and IT strategies into their teaching, to provide the highest quality education to the students they serve.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers