01 | Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers & IDEA and Assistive Technology

01 | Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers & IDEA and Assistive Technology

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We know that between birth to five years of age, children grow more rapidly than in any other time of their lives. Our challenge is to identify technologies and systems that support this continual development - an ongoing dynamic process.

Families, caregivers, and service providers need to share a common vision as to what Assistive Technology (AT) is and how it can be best used to meet the needs of children and families. We need to examine a wide range of AT options to choose from and how and when they are best used.

Sue Mistrett - 2005

Transcript: AT Supports for Young Children
The Family Center on Technology and Disability

IDEA and Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is a critical early intervention service for children with disabilities birth to three years of age authorized under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Oklahoma SoonerStart Early Intervention builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.

The SoonerStart Early Intervention Program uses an individualized, comprehensive, coordinated system of services and supports to enhance the abilities of Oklahoma infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays. It also strengthens the capacity of families with children under the age of 3 years to support the child's development. The Oklahoma State Department of Education is the lead agency for the SoonerStart program.