Assistive technology is defined according to IDEA as, "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability."
2. What is a social pragmatic language disorder?
Pragmatic language involves our social use of language and involves three major communication skills:
a. Using language: i.e. greeting, informing, demanding, promising and requesting
b. Changing language: i.e. talking differently to a baby versus an adult, giving too much information to a stranger, or speaking differently on a playground than in the classroom
c. Following Rules: i.e. the ability to initiate and effectively maintain a conversation, understanding and using non-verbal language, understanding personal space when speaking, and the use of facial expressions and eye contact
3. What is an "Independent Evaluation"?
According to NJ Special Education Code, 6A:14-2.5, " A parent may request an independent evaluation if there is disagreement with any assessment conducted as part of an initial evaluation or a reevaluation provided by a district board of education."
4. How can I help my child's speech and language development at