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.
Learn more about Step Up AT when you listen to our Podcast!
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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.
Getting Started in AT
Key Project Outcome – Changes in AT use from Pre-to-Post InterventionObserved Teacher Use or Teacher-Supported Child Use of AT by Percentage Increase (%).
Step Up AT's Demographics22 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
Step Up AT Learning ModulesGain the knowledge and skills that you need to succeed in bringing early literacy and assistive technology to your students today.
Click on the image above for the Step Up AT Demo Guide, available in English and Spanish.
AT in the Classroom in English
Click on the image above to learn more about AT in the classroom in English.