Assistive Technology & Services

At ClearWater Academy we focus on the use of technology to enhance learning and assistive technology to help students learn and better communicate their ideas.

We Use Technology for Remediation & Accommodation

Through the use of assistive technology, we teach students learning strategies to correct areas of relative weakness. In addition, students can sometimes bypass areas of relative weakness using accommodative technology and learning alternative techniques that facilitate better communication of learning. For example, a student with a significant writing problem may be better able to communicate ideas by using speech-to-text computer software while simultaneously learning strategies to build and support the physical writing process. The understanding and use of technology is not only of great assistance to students with learning issues, but is essential for all students in today’s world.

We Find the Right Technology for Each Student

We tailor a technology program specific to each student’s needs, challenges and strengths to increase, maintain or improve students functional capabilities. Elements of these customized programs include but are not limited to:

  • Matching each student with technology to help them meet their full potential in the classroom
  • Ever-growing online resources incorporated as appropriate in individual assistive programs
  • Continual evaluation of efficacy of existing solutions and identification and implementation of new solutions
  • Integrated technology support for all of our programs
  • Each Lower School student is provided a ClearWater Academy iPad loaded with apps to assist the student during classroom instruction
  • Each Upper School student is issued a Chromebook which gives them access to Google Apps for Education
  • A learn-anywhere approach, placing information, assignments, learning, and life technologies securely in the cloud
  • ClearWater Academy classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards technology
  • Speech to text
  • Voice recognition
  • Listening supports
  • Pencil grips
  • Tactile materials with extra visuals
  • Writing in different mediums (for example, sand)
  • Timers
  • Reading guides
  • Seat cushions
  • Calculators
  • Large print books