A child care provider of Sophie, a two-year-old with language and physical delays, discusses her feelings about using assistive technology and wanting to become more comfortable with using communication boards with Sophie.
Now that I’ve learned more about assistive technology, I do see how it can be a powerful tool in helping children to participate in all sorts of activities. And for Sophie, I can imagine how giving her a way to communicate could help her be involved – at mealtime, playtime, story time and even little things like asking for a diaper change. She could participate more in our activities and become more independent. I think if I had some training on these communication boards, and maybe if I had a chance to meet with her speech therapist, I’d feel more comfortable about using the boards with Sophie.