Use of Assistive Technology With Young Children With Disabilities: Current Status and Training Needs

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The purpose of this study was to provide state-of-the-art descriptive information regarding preparation needs, concerns, and perceived barriers to the use of assistive technology for young children with disabilities. Surveys were completed by 62 early childhood special education professionals in 2 southeastern states. The findings indicated that respondents had frequent and significant concerns about their knowledge and utilization of assistive technology. Furthermore, training areas were identified that address the concerns and barriers regarding assistive technology. Implications for preservice and inservice preparation, service delivery systems, and research are discussed.

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