by Rachel Kroes
(Darwin Northern Territory )
Computer Aided Learning for Down Syndrome Students
The Computer Aided Learning Program (CAL) is a highly valued service delivered by the Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory Inc (DSANT). The program delivers weekly lessons to students with Down syndrome to support their learning, particularly speech development and literacy skills. CAL has delivered to hundreds of young people since its inception 25 years ago, moving from desk top computers and discs right up to the IPads and apps used today.
CAL currently supports 36 students in Darwin and rural Darwin each week, and visits nine remote communities once a year giving children, families and schools valuable training in using technology to help learning.
CAL trains parents and teachers to practice the program daily, its goal is to make technology accessible for people with Down syndrome and to increase speech and literacy development in a systematic and regular way. Technology is highly effective for children with Down syndrome as it supports the unique pathways for visual, repetitive and positive reinforcement which underpin the learning strengths for our students.
DSANT employs two teachers who travel to schools and deliver half hour lessons to each student and shares reports and apps with parents and schools. The CAL program historically was funded by the Department of Education but this grant agreement concluded in December 2022 and DSANT is now seeking support to continue this service to our community.
The Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory has a range of information, services and supports for families and people with Down syndrome, so please do get in touch to find out how we can help you.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Phone: 08 8985 6222
Location: Shop 75 Smith Street, Darwin, NT 0800
(under Chinatown carpark)
Postal Address: PO Box 41545, Casuarina NT 0811
CAL at DSANT
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