Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

An important tool for LD learners

Assistive technology (AT) basically includes any device or piece of equipment that helps compensate for an individual’s specific learning deficits.

Studies have confirmed that AT can help alleviate the challenges faced by students with learning deficits; however, assistive technology does not give LD learners an unfair advantage.

In fact, AT is no replacement for research-based, direct instruction, and it certainly doesn’t cure or eliminate learning difficulties. However, it can help students reach their potentials because the technology is able to capitalize on areas of strength and bypass areas of weakness.

Therefore, a dyslexic learner who reads slowly may increase his/her comprehension of reading materials by utilizing a program that allows him/her to hear the text read aloud and follow along.

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