Classroom Materials

Young Children
Assistive Technology must be play-based and appealing for young children. Appropriate assistive technology supports encourage children to explore and participate in literature, and use their imagination. Assistive technology may support their mobility and provide access to materials. Visual supports help them to understand what comes next or the steps in an activity. These supports must never take the place of engaging activities but should enhance participation and understanding. The following materials were created as examples of how supports could be added to normally occurring activities to enhance the participation of young children.

Birth to Three
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services to provide Birth to Three agencies with six literacy kits. We are now making them available to everyone. The six kits include: One, Two What Should We Do?, Big & Little; Counting Bears; If You See a Cow, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Find the Puppet. We hope you will find these literacy kits beneficial to the children you serve.

Early Childhood
Grant Activity - Picture This

Early Childhood
Assisting Literacy Development through Assistive Technology in Head Start Programs

The purpose of this Early Childhood Literacy portion of the WATI website is to provide professionals and parents who work with young children with disabilities with assistance in integrating assistive technology into their literacy programs. This series of materials was developed as part of the Wisconsin State Improvement Grant with the target audience of Head Start providers, but WATI would like to share them with all who can benefit from them. Some of the materials are intended to inform parents and professionals and some are intended to use directly with children. Permission is granted to make as many copies as needed as long as credit is given to the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative.

Developed for Wisconsin Head Start Programs
Developed by the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative
Funded by the Wisconsin State Improvement Grant

Developers:
Jill Gierach, WATI Consultant, Special Education Teacher, CESA 2
Cindy Nankee, WATI Consultant, Occupational Therapist. CESA 3
Mary Pallaske, WATI Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist, CESA 4

Writing Desk Helpers
This Desk Helper was designed to help students with frequently used words and vowel sounds. You can make as many copies as you want. Please retain the credits. They were developed by Judi Cumley, the WATI Consultant for CESA 5.

Math Desk Helpers
These Desk helpers are designed to help students remember important and sometimes confusing facts. You can make as many copies as you want. Please retain the credits. They were developed by Judi Cumley, the WATI Consultant for CESA 5.