This page offers case stories and videos to give you an idea of the tremendous impact AT can have on the lives of young children with disabilities.

Young brother and sister walk on sensory liquid floor tiles together Young girl using Accent device

Social communication challenges made it difficult for this little guy to engage in activities jointly with his sister. An equipment loan helped his team and family focus on the objective of finding activities that they can do together. His parents expressed much joy in seeing him and his older sister follow each other along the Sensory Liquid Floor Tiles while they giggled and took turns.

Without an AAC device, this little one didn't have a way to participate in conversations with her peers at preschool. After some practice using the Accent 800 with Empower and NuVoice (Bilingual)  from the loan library, she used the device to tell her classmates that her favorite color is blue while they were creating art projects together!
Young girl standing on balance pad Young boy using AT device with Proloquo2Go app, smiling

This little one has significant sensitivity and a fear of movement or changes in body position. Cushions and pillows were used to challenge her balance, but they allowed for too much movement and weren’t successful. The Balance Pad provides the “just right” challenge! The family reported that they can’t believe how willing their child is to stand on it while she does activities at the coffee table, even while dancing to her favorite Minnie Mouse songs!

Childhood apraxia of speech kept this two-year-old from sharing his ideas or making requests using vocal communication. With a loan from Tech for Tykes, he started using the iPad Mini with ChatWrap and the Proloquo2Go app to name colors, request farm animals to play with, and tell others personal information such as his age, his dog’s name, and where he will be going to preschool this fall. His mother originally programed the phrase, “My favorite toys are farm animals and tractors,”  but he responded, “No. Bulls.” He was so excited to use the device to tell his uncle and grandmother the new phrase, “My favorite toys are bulls and tractors.”

Child using Gait Trainer Child using switch adapted fan toy

The Gait Trainer allows this little guy to be able to stand on his own and gives him a new found independence as well as a new view on the world. He is a curious child and loves being able to explore his environment in an up right position. 

The Adapted Fan toy is a big hit with this little one! She loves the air on her face and being able to control it herself. She is working hard to understand how she can do things with everything around her.       

Child using GoTo Postural Seat Child using Splashy Seat

With the GoTo Postural Support Seat, this little one was able to go to a restaurant with her parents and sit at the table with them for the first time! She was so happy to be a part of the meal and to not be in her stroller off to the side. The device also allows her to sit in rocking chairs and grocery carts. She can even use the floor sitter attachment to be able to participate in play time on the floor. 

This little guy and his family are very happy with their trial of the Splashy Portable Bath Seat! It has a variety of configurations and adjustments available to meet the needs of each individual child, including a 3-point or 5-point harness. The chair sits low to the ground for easy and safe soaking in the water. It also cleans up easily, making it handy for camping trips or play in an outdoor kiddie pool. 

Child using AAC device with SLP Child using ViaPro

A customized AAC device (in this case, the iPad mini) for this little one is an essential component of his development. It provides the opportunity to share his ideas and engage with the people in his life in a meaningful way to enrich others and expand possibilities for connection. Early access builds early success!

Borrowing a communication device from the statewide loan bank, allowed this young girl to communicate with her family as she looked at her books. The Via Pro by PRC-Saltillo has the LAMP Words for Life, TouchChat with WordPower, and Dialogue AAC apps with matching keyguards, which allowed this little one to trial the apps, then do a longer trial with LAMP. The vocabulary Builder feature in LAMP made it easy to focus on learning the motor plan for specific words to build her vocabulary. After a successful trial, funding paperwork has been approved by Medicaid, and this little communicator will be receiving her own purple ViaPro soon!