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purple arrowBaby Power: A Guide For Families For Using Assistive Technology With Their Infants and Toddlers

REFERENCE: P. Pierce, (ed.) Baby Power: A Guide For Families For Using Assistive Technology With Their Infants and Toddlers. Chapel Hill, NC: The Center for Literacy and Disabilities Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chapter 1: Assistive Technology and Infants and Toddlers

Patsy Pierce defines assistive technology and provides a rationale for considering its use with infants and toddlers. She also provides a brief overview of the guide.

Chapter 2: Parent-Professional Partnerships in Early Intervention

Rebecca Edmondson discusses the key ingredients in successful collaborative relationships between parents and professionals and the parents' role in screening and assessment and developing individualized plans that include technology.

Chapter 3: Positioning and Mobility

Susan Attermeier, A Physical Therapist, discusses strategies and assistive devices for maximizing positioning and mobility of infants and toddlers. Sample goals for individualized plans are provided.

Chapter 4: Play

Helping children with special needs to persist in and enjoy play.

Chapter 5: Adapting Toys

Adapting toys and choosing appropriate toys to adapt.

Chapter 6. Feeding Assistance

Assessment and intervention strategies for children with severe feeding difficulties.

Chapter 7: Developing Communication Abilities

Debbie Reinhartsen and Patsy Pierce discuss the role communication plays in everyday learning and stress the importance of assistive technology to aid in the development of communication skills.

Chapter 8: Emergent Literacy: What Young Children can Learn About Reading and Writing Before they go to School

Patsy Pierce discusses the benefits of introducing early literacy-related activites to all children, including children with disabilities. Specific activities and strategies are suggested.

Chapter 9: Computers and Software

Jane Steelman an Instructional Technology Specialist, discusses how the computer can serve as an "equalizer" for children with developmental disabilities who otherwise may not be able to participate in physical learning situations. A resource list of books and computer software is included.


CONTACT(S): Baby Power is a collaborative project of The Center for Literacy and Disabilities Studies (CLDS), CB# 8135, 730 Airport Road, Suite 200, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-8135 and The Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning (CDL), CB# 7255, BSRC, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7255.

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