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.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these books or contact us to request them.
- Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice
Albert M. Cook & Susan M. Hussey
WB 320 .C771 2002 48256524
This text covers assistive technologies, their use, a glossary of terms, a history of the field, standards of performance, case studies, and more.
- Assistive Technology for Young Children: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
Kathleen C. Sadao. Paul H. Brookes, 2010
LC 4019.3 .S233 2010 694679160
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.
- Choices in Deafness: A Parent’s Guide to Communication Options
Sue Schwartz (Ed.)
HV 2471 .S399 2007 122291344
Woodbine House, 2007
This easy-to-read guide discusses communication options for children who are hearing impaired or deaf.
- Clinician’s Guide to Assistive Technology
Don A. Olson & Frank DeRuyter (Eds.)
WB 320 .C64184 2001 47217037
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.
- 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.
LC 4019.3 .P114 2011 822569821
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.
- Family Guide to Assistive Technology
Katharin A. Kelker & Roger Holt
WB 320 .K29 2000 42413370
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.
- Foundations of Pediatric Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant
Amy Wagenfeld & Jennifer Kaldenberg (Eds.)
WS 368 .F771w 2005 57250980
This book addresses specific pediatric skill sets and employs an interdisciplinary perspective. Each chapter incorporates case studies and discussion questions.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these videos or contact us to request them.
- 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.
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.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
- Assistive Technology for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Disabilities
Assistive Technology for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Disabilities
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2006. This easy-to-read fact sheet explains assistive technology through a helpful question-and-answer format.
- Center on Technology and Disability
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the center offers many free, downloadable guides and fact sheets on assistive technology that are appropriate for professionals and families. Spanish language materials are also available.
- EITP: Assistive Technology (AT) Resources
The Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) website offers a variety of resources pertaining to Assistive Technology (AT). For EI Providers, remember that the Early Intervention Provider Handbook also includes the service description, qualified staff, and billing codes and rates for Assistive Technology in the Illinois Early Intervention System.
- PACER Center Publications on Assistive Technology
This portion of the PACER Web site offers many free, downloadable guides and fact sheets on assistive technology, which are appropriate for professionals and families.
- The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA): Assistive Technology (AT) for Infants, Toddlers and Young Children
The page on AT includes an overview, an FAQ section, information on federal and state laws on AT, information on universal design, and several extensive bibliographies of articles on AT and early intervention.
- The Family Center on Technology and Disability
This Web site features resources for parents and professionals who work with families of children with disabilities, including fact sheets on assistive technology (AT), an AT glossary, a database of resource reviews, lists of organizations by state, and Spanish-language resources.
- The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC): Assistive Technology (AT) for Infants, Toddlers and Young Children
The NECTAC page on AT includes an overview, an FAQ section, information on federal and state laws on AT, information on universal design, and several extensive bibliographies of articles on AT and early intervention.
- Tots-n-Tech Ideas to Share
The Tots-n-Tech website has numerous resources on assistive technology in early intervention, including research papers and lists of organizations. One such resource is the “Ideas to Share” database, which indexes downloadable handouts on activities and ideas that professionals and parents can implement in providing services and care for children.
- Where Can Parents Find Help for Young Children with Special Needs?
Every child is unique, but some children face extra physical or learning challenges. Parents often have questions about sources of information and support. This FAQ addresses many of the questions that parents have asked the Illinois Early Learning project staff over the past few years and suggests resources that parents of young children may find useful. Also in Spanish.