Over 18 years ago, we began as Special Educators, teaching and implementing the use of "best practice" Assistive Technology (AT) for students with written output disorders in multiple Michigan school districts. We specialize in AT assessment and classroom implementation of "Low-Tech" adaptive equipment and "High-Tech" devices, computer software, iPad apps and Chromebook extensions/apps for students, K-12 and beyond, who find it difficult/impossible to complete their written schoolwork using paper and pencil. Many of these students are those who continue to have serious struggles with handwriting - no matter what handwriting or vision therapies have been tried. Some are students who therapists know, from a very early age, will never develop useful handwriting skills. This AT now can allow students to easily do things such as written compositions, drawings, worksheets, elementary and middle school math, advanced math and science, correct even the most severe spelling errors - and much more! Students who previously relied on others to write for them (a scribe) often no longer need this type of assistance once they learn how to use this assistive technology!
Our teaching style is "hands on" with both students and staff. Assistive technology for written output in the classroom works best when BOTH the student AND the teacher(s) understand how it works, as well as the best ways to implement it within the existing curriculum.
We are pleased to say that our Resource Guide - "Assistive Technology, Implementation Methods & Educational Resource Recommendations for Kids with Written Output Disorders" - has been recommended by Pete Wright, Adjunct Professor of Law at William and Mary Law School and Wright's Law Special Education Attorney and Advocate (www.wrightslaw.com). Our "Special Edition for Kids with ASD" Resource Guide has been endorsed by Dr. Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist & Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University in Australia and Founder and Director of The Asperger's Syndrome Clinic in Petrie, Australia. He is also the author of "The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome" (www.tonyattwood.com.au).
I. Sue Ramin-Hutchison. am a certified Special Education Teacher Consultant for Physically & Otherwise Health Impaired Students in the State of Michigan. I have been in the field of Special Education for over 40 years. I am also an Assistive Technology Support Specialist. The co-author of our Resource Guides, Merri Domer, is a Special Needs Technology Consultant and has been in the field of Special Education for over 25 years.
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