EDU 620 Week 5 Assignment Assistive Technology for Visual and Hearing Impairments

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Running head: ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES1Assistive Technology for Visual and Hearing ImpairmentsNameEDU 620: Meeting Individual Student Needs With TechnologyProf. Deborah NaughtonOctober 15, 2012ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY2Hearing and Visual AT DevicesCochlear Implants is an AT device for hearing impaired. For some, sign language may bethe preferred means of communication; other communication choices include Cued Speech.Cued Speech is a visual communication system that uses eight hand shapes in four differentplacements near the face in combination with the mouth movements to make the sound ofspoken language look different from each other (LeBlanc 2004, p. 329). Cued Speech can belearned in twelve to fifteen hours as opposed to the time it takes to learn sign language and it canfill in the missing pieces of language that is left out by various forms of non-verbalcommunication because it is designed to show words exactly as they are spoken. Cued Speechcan benefit the hearing impaired student in these ways:It supplements the auditory channel when acuity or processing is affected, withoutdetracting from residual hearing or assistive learning devices.It aids in speech identification, lip reading, and written language through the visualchannel.It aids in memory retention because it is multimodal. It allows people to access theirrehearsal process through their strongest channel.It aids in language learning by providing the complete internalization of theph

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