Family Friendly Tech and Advocacy: Tech Psychologist's Guide by Dr. Jeanne Beckman

Family Friendly Tech and Advocacy: Tech Psychologist's Guide   by Dr. Jeanne Beckman
Finally, a book to help families find the right technology to accommodate reading disorders (dyslexia) and other disabilties! ISBN 978-1-60264-089-4

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

But why?

Have you ever noticed how young children continue to re-ask, "But why?" whenever they do not understand the logic of grownups? Well, I have a few burning "but why" questions of my own:

  • But why: why do schools say that children must learn to read the regular way before they are allowed to access the curricula via technology (text to speech software that reads books aloud)
  • But why: why do schools say that "slow learners" or other disabled students who are not necessarily dyslexic do not need text to speech software to learn the regular curriculum of their age peers
  • But why: why do schools segregate special needs children from their peers to learn? At home and in life, we do not segregate these children or the grownups they will become. Imagine if we said to our 3 year old, "Sorry, you cannot eat dinner with the rest of the family. You need to learn to eat without spilling first, and having you at the dining room table will interfere with the older children's ability to eat."
The typical child learns approximately 3,000 new vocabulary words per year. The longer they are held back, the longer they are denied accommodated access to the same curriculum materials of their age peers, the farther they will fall behind and the more discouraged they will become.

Does it make sense?

Do you or a loved one need to figure out what technology to use to keep up? Please visit my website,, for information to excel in learning, what you do, and what you love.

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Dr. Jeanne Beckman

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