Ever since my boys started school I have been interested in assistive technology. Our oldest son, lovingly named on T-T as Uber-Techie, contracted rheumatic fever of the brain right before starting kindergarten, and he suddenly had trouble walking, talking, eating, etc. It was a traumatic time to say the least, and he spent the better part of the next two years in physical, occupational, and speech therapy. It was during that time that we discovered some really great assistive tools to help him accomplish certain things that he was struggling with.
When Hyper-Techie came along, he brought with him a whole different set of unique challenges. He was a late talker, had sensory issues, and had an auditory processing disorder, so he was in occupational and speech therapy also, for a time. Then, when he began kindergarten, his teachers quickly tuned in to some learning differences he had. When I began homeschooling him the next year, I picked up on it as well, and eventually we discovered that H-T had dyslexia.
Before long, the Techie home became central testing ground for scads and scads of different assistive technologies. We’ve tried AT for reading, AT for typing, AT for writing, and AT for math. I listed some of my all-time favorite techie tools for kids with learning disabilities in a past Friday’s Hardwired Homeschool Hints post. Many of these products not only made schoolwork easier for my boys, but truly changed their lives for the better!
I’ve taken both offline and online coursework in assistive technology, and have written about it extensively on the web. But I recently discovered a website that I want to share with you…
It is called TechMatrix, and it is a comprehensive resource on assistive technology. It allows you to search for products and resources by subject, by learning support, by product, or even by product features. OH, how I wish this had been around years ago when I was having to do hours upon hours of internet searching to find the products that would be most beneficial to my boys.
If you have a child, or know of a child with any type of disability or learning difference, I beg you to send them a link to this website. It might just change their life like it did ours…
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