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Technology: A tool for kids with learning differences

With all the pressure to reduce screen time, monitor social media, and keep our children protected from the depths of the internet, Technology has gotten a pretty bad rep in the parenting world. However, for many families, technology can be the tool they need to help unlock a world of accessibility for their child. Children with learning differences, executive functioning delays, autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc. have started using these 3 simple tools, that you probably already own, to “level the playing field” and use technology to help them succeed, with independence.

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1. Amazon Alexa – Alexa can help children in so many ways. The biggest life changer for my family was setting a morning routine to prompt them to get ready independently. We also use Alexa to read audiobooks, help with spelling, find definitions of words, set reminders, and keep to-do lists. – Amazon Alexa Echo Dot – $49.99

2. Cell Phones- Keeping to-do lists at their fingertips is a huge benefit of a cell phone. Along with that is the ability to have a calculator on hand for quick math, or google to help with spelling. Apps like Life360 allow children and parents to see each other’s GPS locations, a wonderful tool for a child who may have forgotten where mom was going for the day or a mother that wants to make sure their child has made it home for school. – Tracfone as low as $15 for phone & $15 prepaid monthly service

3. Chromebook – Chromebooks have the ability to be loaded with talk-to-text or text-to-speech software. These types of software make it much easier for a child with learning differences to comprehend or express their work without getting bogged down sounding out words or trying to spell. – Dell Chromebook – $89.00

Three simple tools, easily purchased from Amazon or a big box store, can make the world of difference for a child with a learning difference or a disability in gaining the independence that their peers already have.

Isn’t it one of the biggest jobs as a parent to teach our children to be independent by adulthood? It’s one of mine.

Don’t you use your technology to set reminders or do math calculations? I sure do.

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