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Hi everyone, this is a blog that invites resources from families to share.  The first one is from Southern California, TASK

 

 

TECH Tidbits

Assistive Technology Newsletter

November 2017

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More About TASK

 

More About the TECH Center

 

For more information, call TASK at (714) 533-8275.

 

For more workshops, including our workshops on special education and parental rights and responsibilities under the law, please visit theTASK website.

 Happy November!  Wonderful apps and a great website to help with social skills:

Windows Ease of Access Center Makes it Easier to Focus on Tasks
The Ease of Access Center includes a wide array of accessibility settings users can adjust to make controlling the computer easier. Its features include settings for people with low vision or blindness, hearing impairment or deafness, physical disabilities, and more. Read more from the North Dakota Assistive Technology website.

Premier for Google Chrome

Premier for Google Chrome offers various functions to support your learning needs.  You can access the content of your choice knowing that your learning tools will look and work the same on any compatible, supported, Chrome-based device.  The Premier for Chrome tools provide students with practical learning solutions for different platforms while retaining the same look and feel of the tools they know how to use. It provides students with the power and flexibility they need to be successful in the digital age. Tools include:

To try these tools yourself, make an Individualized TECH Lab appointment ordownload a free trial copy. THANK YOU so much to Premier Literacy for donating this wonderful tool to our Tech Center.

Enabling Devices Launches New Website
A state-of-the-art website and online catalog makes shopping easy and customer-friendly. The re-designed, mobile-friendly site is accessible, easy to navigate and features larger, sharper, multifaceted images of products. The newenablingdevices.comis also chock full of resources and multimedia product information and offers consumers a streamlined approach to selecting and ordering products.

Apps:

 

You Are a Social Detective – Beginner App (for ages 7-12)

Developed for teachers, therapists, counselors and parents, this app has three exciting levels with numerous video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms. This interactive app teaches children with autism, Asperger’s and other special needs how to appropriately engage in everyday situations. It teaches them how to use their eyes, ears and brain to make smart social guesses and investigate clues to see how others’ emotions and responses are connected to their own behavior.

 

Social Detective – Intermediate App

This is the next addition to the Social Detective Beginner app and a companion to theYou Are a Social Detective book by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke. The Social Detective Intermediate app picks up where the Beginner app leaves off and focuses on decoding the thoughts and emotions of people students interact with day to day. Using this information, students will make smart guesses to predict what those people might do or say next.

 

Social Perspectives Taking

This app teaches children and adolescents empathy and how to take the perspective of others. The app allows users to match the appropriate thoughts, feelings and verbal dialog to the individuals shown in various social scenarios in an elementary school, middle/high school and in the community. Multiple users from seven years of age through teens can relate to these familiar settings and their progress may be saved and used for data collection.Users must be readers or have someone available to read answers to them.

 

I Know How You Feel

Many children, particularly those with ADHD or autism spectrum disorders, are unaware of how people feel and how their comments may hurt or offend others. In level I, children learn to identify the many feelings a person can experience in one situation. In Level II, children take the next step and learn appropriate empathetic responses. This app is best used with an adult who can discuss or explain the content.

 

Best Apps for Kids – Children’s Apps and Websites Reviewed, Rated and Ranked By Moms and Educators

Find top-rated kids apps, get advice on finding the best educational websites and read about the best of the best kids apps and educational products. Get in-depth ratings, reviews, and buying advice for must-have children’s apps based on rigorous expert testing.

Online Games:

 

Everyday Speechhas free interactive games online that focus on social skills and emotions. Simply register for a free account to gain access to the following games:

 

That’s all for this month. Happy Thanksgiving from the TASK family to your family.

 

Happy APPing!

 

Laura Simmons-Martinez

Assistive Technology Program Manager

TASK

TASK’s TECH Center is supported in part by Boardmaker, 

Tobii Dynavox Company.

  

 

TASK is a nonprofit Parent Training and Information Center that serves all ages and all disabilities. TASK is funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the California Department of Education. The views expressed in this e-mail newsletter do not necessarily represent those of TASK, the U.S. Department of Education, the State of California or any other funding source, nor are they an attempt to aid or hinder the passage of any bill before congress. Advertisements or refernces to trade names, commercial products or organizations do not constitute endorsement by any of the above.