Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

DEC Recommended Practices and Assistive Technology

The DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (DEC RPs, 2014) include many references to the importance of promoting each child's access to and full participation in everyday routines, activities and learning experiences. Some of the recommendations relate to creating a safe and accessible learning environment for each child, which might involve:

  • modifying and adapting the physical, social, and temporal environments in which the child participates, and;
  • working with families and other adults to identify, acquire or create, and use appropriate assistive technology to meet the child's unique needs.

The ECTA Center is developing a suite of products to promote the use of the DEC RPs and a number of these products focus directly on the use adaptations and assistive technology. For example, see the products related to environment. Some of these include:

While adaptations and assistive technology are the focus of these specific checklists and activity guides, their appropriate use is integral to the successful implementation of many of the DEC RPs. The suite of products, like the recommended practices themselves, should be viewed holistically.

  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P170001 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

Project Officer: Julia Martin Eile     © 2012-2019 ECTA Center

  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute