Assistive Technology for Students with Moderate to High Support Needs


Assistive Technology provides amazing opportunities for students with moderate to high support needs to participate meaningfully in classrooms!

This blog post contains support materials and resource links for participants attending the SPED Pre-conference workshop in Singapore in November 2014.



This workshop contains both practical and hand-on learning for participants as we step through a wide range of technologies to support:




Switch Interfaces


Switch Accessible Software


Keyboard/Mouse Alternatives


Eye gaze/Head pointing

Early Learning


Cause and Effect apps




Music apps




Early Learning apps







Resources, Software and Technologies

AAC apps


Social Communication apps


Resources and Technologies


Visual Scene Display apps


Resources and Technologies




Tools and Resources

Tar Heel Reader


Guided Reading apps


Resources and Technologies


Writing apps


PC-based Technologies


Early Literacy apps

Behaviour and Social Skills



Apps to create Social Stories


PC-based Technologies

Apps for Video Modelling


Apps for Schedules


Resources and Technologies


Apps for Behaviour Support




I encourage you to look for ways to use technology to TRANSFORM your classroom!





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About Amanda Hartmann

Amanda is a Speech Pathologist with over 17 years experience. She has worked within educational settings, as an Inclusive Technology Consultant with Spectronics , and currently focuses her time on her busy private practice.

Amanda is a Key Word Sign/Makaton Presenter, an official Proloquo2Go trainer and an official expert TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box. She is also a certified Apple Trainer and regularly runs iPad workshops to help schools integrate iPad technology into the classroom, for all learners.

Amanda has a special interest in supporting and developing communication, literacy and learning for a wide range of diverse learners, often through the use of visual tools, sign language and technology. She has spent many years providing therapy support and teacher/parent training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for students with complex communication needs, due to disabilities such as: Cerebral palsy and other Physical impairments, Visual impairment, Hearing impairment, Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Intellectual Impairment, Angelman Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and others. She also has specialist knowledge to support the literacy learning of students with learning difficulties, language impairments and other diverse learning needs. She is passionate about providing interactive and engaging presentations to educators, parents and therapists.

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