Assistive technology (AT) in early intervention is defined as any item that helps increase the independence and functioning of an infant or toddler who has a disability. AT can assist with communication, positioning and mobility, play and interaction, self-help, skills development, and learning. AT is often low tech and low cost, involving simple adaptations such as utensils with built-up handles for ease of holding and manipulation. High-tech AT devices such as wheelchairs, standers, and augmentative communication devices are more sophisticated, specialized, and costly.

AT also includes toys purchased at local stores that are adapted to help children with disabilities play more independently and participate in daily routines. AT may also include any service that assists children and their families select, acquire, and implement appropriate AT for ...

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