B. Definition

Assistive technology (AT) interventions involve a range of strategies to promote a child's access to learning opportunities, from making simple changes to the environment and materials to helping a child use special equipment. Combining AT with effective teaching promotes the child's participation in learning and relating to others.

Watch Video 5.3: Dr. Philippa Campbell: Defining AT for more information on how AT is defined and used in the context of working with young children with disabilities.

Three essential components of assistive technology— equipment, adaptations, and teaching strategies are described in the following sections.

Video 5.3: Dr. Philippa Campbell – Defining Assistive Technology

Dr. Philippa Campbell, a professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University, and Program Director of the Child and Family Studies Research Programs, describes how assistive technology is defined and used in the context of working with young children with disabilities (running time: 2 min. 05 sec.).