Step Up AT is an evidence-based customizable program that coaches teachers, teacher assistants, teacher support specialists, school districts, and other agencies to adopt evidence-based assistive technology (AT) practices shown to improve early literacy outcomes for young children (ages 3-5) with disabilities.

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Welcome to Step Up AT!

What is STEP Up AT? Step Up AT is an evidence-based customizable program that coaches teachers, teacher assistants, teacher support specialists, school districts, and other agencies to adopt evidence-based assistive technology (AT) practices shown to improve early literacy outcomes for young children (ages 3-5) with disabilities.

Whether you’re an educator looking to gain CEUs or professional development, a teacher looking for solutions to help students in your classroom, or an overwhelmed parent or caregiver – we are here with proven coaching techniques to help you find the solutions to help your child reach their potential.

What is Assistive Technology (AT)? AT is any tool or adaptation to help a child do something he or she could not do without. AT can be anything physical (ex: popsicle sticks taped in a book to turn the pages, switches, buttons) or electronic (such as an iPad, AAC app, or e-book) that helps a child engage in learning. You may already be using assistive technology without even realizing it.

What is AT, and Why is it Important? Assistive Technology practices increase early learning outcomes, which is a critical component to kindergarten readiness (Erickson, 2017; Lohmann et al., 2019; McLeskey et al., 2017). Unfortunately, teachers in early childhood education (ECE) settings are not properly trained to implement AT (Parette et al., 2010). Step Up AT is here to help bridge the gap for teachers, educators, parents, and children with disabilities to help children reach early literacy milestones.

As an iterative program, we invite the collaboration and expertise of research and policy experts in the expansion and refinement of AT education.

You Who We Serve

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We partner with schools that serve children (3-5 years of age) who receive IDEA, Part B related services with a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or may be at risk for developmental delays. These schools are comprised of public and private early childhood centers in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, offering a range of classroom types, inclusion to more specialized programs.

Are You a Parent or Caregiver?

Are You a Teacher Support Specialist?

Step Up AT helps teachers and teacher assistants gain skills in implementing assistive technology for children with disabilities in the early literacy environment

Are You a Teacher or Teacher Assistant?

Represent a School District or Agency?

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Who Who We Serve

Getting Started in AT

Key Project Outcome – Changes in AT use from Pre-to-Post Intervention

Observed Teacher Use or Teacher-Supported Child Use of AT by Percentage Increase (%).
83

Communication Device

23

Learning Apps

76

Adapted Writing

60

Adapted Books

54

Communication Board

16

iPad Communication

Who We've Helped

Step Up AT's Demographics

22 teachers and 36 teacher assistants (from 5 ECE programs) in years 1-3 who have shared their AT knowledge and skills with:

Children of Hispanic Origin 0

Children who are Black/African American (on the Rise) 0

Children Born Outside the U.S. 0

Children who Speak a Language other than English in the Home 0

Learn More About Assistive Technology

Step Up AT Learning Modules

Gain the knowledge and skills that you need to succeed in bringing early literacy and assistive technology to your students today.

AT in the Classroom in Spanish

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Demo Guide

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AT in the Classroom in English

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Assistive Technology Lending Library

Visit the FAAST AT Lending Library where you can request an AT device trial for your home or classroom.