Event Description


Assistive Technology in the Preschool Classroom, online course

Date: December 1, 2017

Time: 9:00-12:00

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Kristin Leslie, ATP, MAT, OTR/L and Sarah Kinsella, SLPinternet 95free3

Registration Information:
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Contact: e-mail Sue Wright at the SETC office to register, wrightsu@cwu.edu


There is a course fee of $35 for this event. However we will be offering it free to help encourage early learning this year. Please try to join as a team where-ever possible.

In a preschool classroom, most learning happens through play. Through play, children learn language, literacy, motor skills and how to relate to the world around them. If they are unable to use sight or hearing to explore play, the environment can be adapted to optimize learning. If they are unable to speak or move independently, the environment can to be adapted for greater access to learning experiences. In a classroom of six or more preschoolers, a team may need to adapt learning activities to address many areas of challenge.  How can a classroom be set up to meet such diverse needs? This class will break down the basics on assistive technology in the preschool classroom. You will learn how to adapt toys, art supplies and games for all abilities. We will look at low and high tech communication options that can be used for all communication levels.  Time and money are always big barriers so lets figure out ways to adapt your classroom within these limitations.

Course Objectives: Learn to select and adapt:

1.     adapt activities for low vision

2.     adapt activities for hearing impairment

3.     adapt activities for those with limited motor movement.

4.     low tech communication for a variety of purposes with multiple users.  


Kristin Leslie is an occupational therapist and an assistive technology professional who has worked in special education in Washington State Public Schools for 18 years.   Her leadership role at SETC includes providing consultation to administrators and educators on AT procedures and best practices. In addition she actively teaches webinars, in-person classes and consultation on the implementation of assistive technology for children with wide range of physical and cognitive abilities.

Sarie Kinsella is a Speech and Language Pathologist and AT Specialist with the Everett Public Schools and the SETC.   As lead on the district’s Assistive Technology team she consults and collaborates with IEP teams districtwide regarding Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication and specific student needs. Additionally, acting as a liaison between special educators, administration, and Information  Technology/Information Systems. She researches and recommends Assistive Technology tools and has provided ongoing trainings to staff in areas related to Assistive Technology and Augmentative Alternative Communication

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