Magazine article Technology & Learning

Software for Special Needs

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Software for Special Needs

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Depending on the student's need, regular education software is often adaptable to special education students. Generally, these products incorporate multi-level activities, coaching, gentle correction, and encouraging rewards. Additionally, many companies develop software with various special needs in mind, or publish catalogs that point out their most adaptable software titles.

* Don Johnston, Inc. (Wauconda, IL; 800-999-4660; www.donjohnston.com), offers a variety of software for teaching reading and speech. The Web site divides products into two categories: Reading and Writing Disabilities and Reading and Writing Struggles.

* Edmark Corporation (Redmond, WA; 800-362-2890; www.edmark.com) offers a catalog of software for children with special needs, including general interest titles that integrate adaptive features, such as high-quality speech, visual clarity, single switch and other alternate input options. Edmark also has products that use voice control.

* Laureate Learning Systems (Winooski, VT; 800-562-6801; www.llsys.com) offers software to address a variety of special needs, including language development, speed and voice training, and attention skills.

* Mayer-Johnson Co. (Solana Beach, CA; 619-550-0084; www.mayer-johnson.com) markets Communication Board-Builder to construct and print communication boards, HyperSign (Trinity Software), an ASL interactive dictionary, and other augmentative communication products.

* Mindplay Software, Inc. (Fort Lowell, AZ; 800-221-7911; www. mindplay.com), makes Jo-Jo's Read `n' Say World, which incorporates an individualized management system and voice recording and playback features. Larrabee's Bridge to Adult Literacy targets at-risk youth and adult learners. Mindplay's Web site offers an online newsletter, written by teachers about their experiences with special needs students.

* Sign Enhancers (Salem, OR; 800-767-4461; www.teleport.com/~sign) offers sign-language versions of classic children's tales. The company's Web site offers links to organizations and resources that support the deaf community.

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