Using Assistive Technology to Support Reading & Writing
Bridges On-line Resource
Welcome to the Bridges On-Line Resource for Parents.
The purpose of this resource is to help parents who are supporting their child in using Assistive Technology in the areas of reading and writing.
A common challenge facing many parents is how to help their children complete homework assignments, when reading and writing are such a struggle.
We know that, in order for all students to be successful, students must be able to read and write to learn about new topics in school. Often, reading is followed by writing about what they have read. Reading affects writing and writing affects reading.
It is difficult to separate reading and writing, when learning. For the purpose of this on-line resource, however, we have developed a reading module and a writing module, so that parents can understand some of the components and processes involved in each and how technology can support them.
Christy McDonald is an educator, assistive technology training specialist, presenter and advocate for people with special needs. After working as a teacher, in many different capacities, for seventeen years, Christy decided to pursue her passion of supporting students with learning differences, their families and teachers, in other ways.
Christy presently works as an Educational Consultant and Assistive Technology Training Specialist with Bridges Canada. It is Christy’s desire to increase meaningful participation, achievement and the well-being of all students, including those with significant disabilities.
Christy helps students and parents learn to advocate for themselves and can advise parents about how to access the information, resources and technology that are needed for their child.
Start1. Introductory Video: Improve Understanding While Reading (5:16)
Start2. Overview and Structure
Start3. Support Fluency (16:25)
Start4. Understand Vocabulary (16:58)
Start5. Build and Activate Background Knowledge (16:47)
Start6. Reading Strategy: Identify Main Idea and Supporting Details (20:59)
Start7. Reading Strategy: Ask Questions (17:36)
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