Students with language and communication problems often need assistive devices or consumer technology that mimics assistive communication functions. This technology is widely used in classrooms in the Special Education District in New York City. But what happens when the device goes home?

One family opened their doors to a small team of educators and welcomed a 'coaching' session on using devices at home. The key to success is to use the device in the context of the routines and habits and family interactions. The team is not trying to make a 'Teacher Mom or Dad'. Parents, brothers, sisters, and other family members can all help with just a little extra planning, and without overturning the family dynamic.

Susan Abdulezer
Video Producer
District 75 NYC Department of Education

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