Using Assistive Technology (AT) to Promote Literacy in Infants and Toddlers

Using Assistive Technology (AT) to Promote Literacy in Infants and Toddlers

Learn about AT devices that can be used to help children with disabilities participate more fully in literacy-promoting activities and routines.


Literacy is an ongoing process that begins at birth and develops throughout life. Infants and toddlers interact with the world to acquire the skills that will help them to eventually read, write, and communicate with others. These interactions may not occur easily for children with disabilities due to any number of limitations, such as restricted mobility, auditory or visua limpairments, or difficulty using hands and arms. Luckily, AT can easily be used with literacy-promoting activities.

This 8-page guide includes sections on:

  • Early characteristics of literacy
  • Why promote literacy in infants and toddlers?
  • Incorporating literacy into activities
  • How to use AT in literacy-promoting activities

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Center on Technology and Disability, Tots-n-Tech (2012)


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"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear." —

Judy Blume