The Important Relationship Between Special Kids and Technology

By Marina Proença, Head of Marketing at PlayKids

Judy Winter, mother of a son to a special needs child, has struggled to prove to teachers that her son, who has cerebral palsy, is intelligent despite limitations in his ability to communicate. In an article in EduGuide, Winter expresses hope that assistive technology can be key in providing the link between her son and educational opportunity.

While in the past many children with disabilities were left behind and given few opportunities to become educated, educational and assistive technologies are providing ways to fill in the gaps. Parents, schools and teachers are just beginning to learn how technology can play a critical role in their children’s development and can finally provide special-needs kids with the opportunities they deserve.

The Role of Technology in Children’s Development

Technology also has a place in early child development. While most experts advise limited screen time for children between the ages of two and five, new technologies can help young children get a head start with social and cognitive skills, as long as they are used appropriately and do not take the place of building relationships with caregivers and later, with peers.

I recently proudly joined the PlayKids team. We are working hard to offer families an appropriate and safe platform of learning activities and content to support on the kids development, and I’m very optimistic about the positive impact that technology can have supporting parents and teachers.

How Technology Can Help Special Needs Kids

These are just a few examples of how technology is stepping in to ensure that kids with special needs get the opportunity to learn and succeed.

Using Technology Responsibly

Like any tools, all these technologies should be used appropriately and in moderation. Parents and educators need to think carefully about the amount of time appropriate for their child, depending on the child’s needs, aptitudes, age and abilities. Technology should never replace personal communication, activities and guidance that are so important for all kids, no matter their ability, to develop into happy, successful adults. It can, however, be critical for giving kids the right start in our fast-paced, ever-changing world.

Resources for Special Kids

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