What is your relationship with the software used by your student who uses AAC?
- Do you shy away from anything that does not look like Microsoft Word?
- Are you overwhelmed by the number of features available on a certain program?
- Are you not sure what to do with a piece of software? Or, are you just wondering how to get started?
- Do you need to get other staff/family members trained on how to use a piece of software with a student?
You are not alone! Specialized educational software, like all technology, is a blessing and a curse. You have to learn to use it before it can be of benefit. We realize you don't have a lot of extra time to futz around on the computer trying to figure out features and create activities. Here are some possible ways the Transition Team may be able to help with software:
- Give trainings on specific software—while actually creating set-ups that you and your students can use
- Create and load software templates for relevant activities and train staff how to make changes to those templates for extended use
- Present trainings/model teaching regarding how to facilitate the actual use of the software with the student
- Brainstorm ways to incorporate the use of the software into the student's/class schedule