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February 14th, 2008, 05:36 AM
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At the P/T conference last week I brought in a written request and brochure in hopes the school district will provide Hunter with an Alphasmart.

I got a letter reply yesterday and it basically says that this was discussed between the Intervention Specialist and the OT and determined that Hunter needs more working on his printing goals, but they will start using an older model Alphasmart with him during his time with the OT (which is 30 minutes once a week).

They are all for my getting Hunter typing lessons, but say that can be done on a regular keyboard computer. They also said that Hunter was overwhelmed when shown the Alphasmart. (Duh)

I disagree because the computer keyboard is bigger and all those keys are just too much. The only time he spends on the computer is when he plays games, and the few times we looked something up online and he typed it out, he was very confused with how many keys there were. I was hoping to get an Alphasmart because only the alphabet and I think numbes are on there and it's small and portable and he can take it into his bedroom. Those with school age and younger kids know what a headache it can be when the older is trying to do their homework and the youngers are bothersome and loud.

He has so many stories in his head! If any of you read my Update via my website, you'll read what I mean. He doesn't want to write them out because he knows his printing his bad and his hand hurts after a bit. I offered to write them out for him but he said no but wasn't able to explain to me why. (He got all flustered.) I even had his teacher's support because she knows he has stories in his head, that she hears him talking to himself and he tells her things.

We can get one for him, and it can be his for as long as it lasts, but I thought for sure they'd help me help my child at home in a way that works for him better. KWIM?
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February 14th, 2008, 08:22 AM
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Has he ever had an adaptive technology evaluation done? We are having an adaptive technology eval done for Alexis (mostly for a touch screen for the computer since she is VI as well) and anything that they recommend has to go into his IEP. Hers is being done through BOCES which will then provide her with the technology if they have it. I would definately look into an adaptive technology eval if you haven't yet, since the recommendations of the eval must be included in the IEP and unfortunately carry more weight than parents. Also, they can recommend that the technology also be included for home use and the school district will have to provide that as well. HTH and I am sorry if you have already tried an adaptive technology eval.
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February 14th, 2008, 11:53 AM
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Actually, now that you mentioned it, when I asked about the Alphasmart, I asked about him being evaluated for assitive technology. The letter didn't say anything about that....
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February 14th, 2008, 12:46 PM
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I would definately follow up on the assitive (adaptive) technology evaluation. That could end up being very beneficial.
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Has he ever had an adaptive technology evaluation done? We are having an adaptive technology eval done for Alexis (mostly for a touch screen for the computer since she is VI as well) and anything that they recommend has to go into his IEP. Hers is being done through BOCES which will then provide her with the technology if they have it. I would definately look into an adaptive technology eval if you haven't yet, since the recommendations of the eval must be included in the IEP and unfortunately carry more weight than parents. Also, they can recommend that the technology also be included for home use and the school district will have to provide that as well. HTH and I am sorry if you have already tried an adaptive technology eval.[/b]
Interesting... filing this away for the future if needed - thanks
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February 17th, 2008, 06:53 AM
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I think I'll just drop it. I found Neo's on eBay and some have the Buy It Now feature for just $50. If I get one myself, it'll be ours and not the school's.
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