Assistive Technology: AT Plans for Bhuwan
Instructor Ashley Berger
May 7, 2012
As with any student in an early childhood education setting, careful consideration and execution of individualized learning must be implemented to ensure that each child is receives the necessary tools to achieve his/her true potential. For students with certain disabilities, the additional use of Assistive Technology, commonly referred to as AT, may be needed to help them succeed. Children with physical disabilities most often require AT; however, some students with behavior disorder requires AT as well. Throughout this essay, Bhuwan, a five-year old in a Head Start program will be profiled.
Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA 2004 as “any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities (www.gpat.org).” Like many other students with a special need, Bhuwan requires special accommodations and AT for his behavior disorder. Bhuwan is a typically happy, caring, loving, smart, and energetic five-year old. He loves cars, balls, computers, and outside time over any other activity and toy. In addition, he is the only child of two middle-aged parents. Upon enrolling in school, both parents addressed concerns of Bhuwan’s overactive and impulsive behaviors, and his teachers recognized the parents concern as soon as the first day of school.
Bhuwan exhibits very impulsive behaviors by randomly screaming out non-verbal sounds, pushing, hitting, and destroying items unprovoked. He has difficulty keeping his limbs still, sitting, and listening for more than two minutes. He constantly distracts his neighbors during any work or quiet time through touching or getting in their face. Bhuwan seems to struggle with being still and touching others more than anything. To succeed in...