Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Assistive Technology Training Resources

The TIKES Project - Trainings On Demand

The Technology to Improve Kids’ Educational Success (TIKES) Project is developing Trainings On Demand, to help educate and inform parents and professionals about using assistive technology with young children ages birth to 5. These training videos feature a variety of basic assistive technology concepts.

Let’s Participate! Training Resources

Let’s Participate! is a model demonstration project designed to assist IDEA Part C and Part B preschool programs in implementing and sustaining promising practices in the effective use of assistive technology by infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and, as a result, improve their functional outcomes. The following training resources from Let's Participate! can be accessed online:

CTD Learning Center

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) Learning Center provides in-depth, expert-led Online Courses on a variety of assistive and instructional technology topics. The modules include webinars, threaded discussions, "office hours" with the expert, videos, and other relevant resources. Some modules qualify for continuing education credits. See also, CTDs Recorded Webinars and Early Childhood Library. In November 2016, CTD held the following sypmposium:

  • Technology Solutions for Early Childhood Symposium - The Future is Now (November 29, 2016) - This Symposium focused on evidence-based practices, the latest research, and the ways in which families are successfully using technology to support the developmental and learning needs of their children. Scan down the page for videos, PowerPoints, and other resources from the symposium.

Technology in Early Childhood (TEC Center)

WWW: The TEC Center at the Erikson Institute uses innovative approaches to professional development and proven distance education methods to empower early childhood educators to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with children from birth to age 8. See, for example, their resources on Assistive Technology and their Show Me Videos.

Hearing Screening and the Use of Assistive Technology: Coffee Break Webinar Series

During the week of May 16-20, 2016, the Office of Special Education Programs and the Offices of Head Start and Child Care partnered to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in celebrationg "Better Hearing and Speech Month" with this Series of Coffee Break Webinars about hearing screening and the use of assistive technology to support young children with disabilities and their families.

CONNECT Module on Assistive Technology Interventions

CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge developed a series of free online modules that include videos, handouts, and activities based on real life situations. Module 5 focuses on the use of assistive technology to help young children access and participate in their environment. Each module includes an Instructor Dashboard with links to both learner materials and instructor materials (activity guides, personnel preparation standards, OSEP indicators and outcomes, videos, and audio clips).

Assistive Technology: An Overview

Assistive Technology: An Overview (2015) is an online learning module developed by the IRIS Center to provide an overview of assistive technology and the ways it can be used to expand children's access to it in the classroom. The content is presented in a variety of formats, including: text, video demonstrations, audio interviews with experts and practicing educators, and interactive activities.


TechMatrix is an online searchable database of expert-reviewed educational and assistive technology products and research articles. Select "Birth to Preschool" under grade level for items most relevant to infants, toddlers and young children. Techmatrix is a product of the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), operated by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) under funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education (OSEP).

  • 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.

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