Assistive Technology In Work

What is assistive technology in school and how can it help pupils with additional learning needs?

Assistive technology in schools gives pupils access to a range of helpful software or equipment to help them complete their education. This may be of particular benefit to pupils with additional learning needs as certain software can address areas of difficulty, such as spelling, reading or writing.


Who can benefit from an assistive technology assessment?

An child with a disability, specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia or autism), a health condition or a physical disability are the type of people who could benefit from an assistive technology assessment. 


What are the different types of assistive technology in a school?

Assistive technology within schools can include various types of software and equipment. The most common within schools include speech to text software, read aloud software or reading pens, mind mapping to aid planning, recording software for teaching sessions and software to aid spelling or grammatical difficulties.


Key benefits of assistive technology at school

Assistive technology in school can help to address barriers to education and assist pupils in overcoming them. Key benefits for using assistive technology in schools includes:

  • Reducing time, challenges and frustration associated with a specific difficulty, such as reading, spelling or typing.
  • Enabling the pupil to be more independent and productive.
  • Helping the student with access to their education .
  • Increasing the efficiency of that pupils working processes.


What is an assistive technology assessment?

This is a bespoke assessment, involving the pupil discussing their areas of difficulty in education with an experienced assessor. This is then followed by the assessor demonstrating relevant assistive technology and further discussion to help identify which forms of available support may be of benefit to that individual.