Case Stories

Below are case stories and videos of the tremendous impact AT can have on the lives of young children with disabilities.


Young child smiling and standing independently using his Gait Trainer. Young child sits contently in front of switch adapted fan toy.

The Gait Trainer allows this little guy to be able to stand on his own and gives him a new found independence as well as a new view on the world. He is a curious child and loves being able to explore his environment in an up right position. 

AT has really opened up new horizons for my daughter. She actually seems interested in playing now and communicating to me more. Seeing her interact with her toys has given me hope for my daughter's future, and I'm beyond excited to see what lies ahead for her all thanks to trialing AT equipment from the loan library.

Young child smiling and standing independently using his Gait Trainer. Young child sits contently in front of switch adapted fan toy.

After trialing a few switches and toys from the AT Loan Library, the team determined the Ultimate Wobble Switch worked best for this little one. He can now play independently with toys, turning them on and off when he wants. He loves the Prisma Light, and his whole body calms when he watches the lights. 

The Adapted Fan toy is a big hit with this little one! She loves the air on her face and being able to control it herself. She is working hard to understand how she can do things with everything around her.

young boy pointing to word on AAC device Young boy sitting in seat on airplane using the GoTo postural seat

After working with a loaned AAC device for a few months, this little one started to love it. He can now tell his family things such as what he wants to eat for breakfast or what activity he wants to do. His family learned that he LOVES Playdough. Before he had the device, he could never tell them that's what he wanted to play with. The family reports that having access to this device has worked wonders for their family and they are grateful for the opportunity to trial it.  

A family used the GoTo Postural Support Seat to keep their child involved with them in all of their activities. He could use it to sit in a camping chair or stadium seat to cheer on his older siblings at sporting events, attend dinner at a celebration event, or even sit in his own seat to ride on a plane! He never had to miss out on the fun. 

young boy smiling, sitting in the middle of his living room full of toys, wearing a SPIO vest young boy using assistive technology to sit upright and play with toys

This little one needed some help to keep his back straight when sitting and playing. Tech for Tykes purchased a SPIO vest in his size to borrow from the AT Loan Library. With the SPIO vest on, this little one is able to sit with better posture. The compression provided by the vest also helps him attend to activities for longer periods without having to seek out sensory input by moving his body.

The strap and bolsters in the Leckey Play Pak gave this little one the support he needed to start practicing sitting up on his own. The portability of the system made it possible for his family to bring it with them to sports practices so he could start sitting up on the sidelines to watch his older siblings and be more engaged with the other fans. The trial from the loan library was so successful that his family was able to get funding for their own Leckey Play Pak!

Young boy using GoTalk 9+ to communicate Young girl using GoTalk 4+ to communicate, smiling.

Since this little one was going to the activities that he heard his parents discuss, the difference between his receptive and expressive language skills indicated it was time to trial assistive technology! The GoTalk9+ has allowed this child to use spoken words, recorded in his own parents' voices, to communicate more directly. He loves to press the button with his favorite TV character, Stan, on it! He's babbling more and he is starting to verbally imitate words from other single switch buttons. There have been some magical moments, thanks to Tech for Tykes.

This little one has been benefiting from the AT Loan Library for the past few months. She started with trialing one BigMack switch and moved to using two BigMack switches to make choices. She is now starting to trial a Go Talk 4+ using pictures.  Thanks to the AT Loan Library, her providers can trial different items and find the right fit for her!

Young brother and sister walk together on a colorful, liquid filled, sensory tile mat on the floor. Young girl happily using her Accent device to communicate.

Social communication challenges made it difficult for this little guy to engage in activities jointly with his sister. An equipment loan helped his team and family focus on the objective of finding activities that they can do together. His parents expressed much joy in seeing him and his older sister follow each other along the Sensory Liquid Floor Tiles while they giggled and took turns.

Without an AAC device, this little one didn't have a way to participate in conversations with her peers at preschool. After some practice using the Accent 800 with Empower and NuVoice (Bilingual)  from the loan library, she used the device to tell her classmates that her favorite color is blue while they were creating art projects together!
Young girl happily standing on a bright blue balancing pad. Young boy smiling while using his AT device, with Proloquo2Go app, to communicate with others.

This little one has significant sensitivity and a fear of movement or changes in body position. Cushions and pillows were used to challenge her balance, but they allowed for too much movement and weren’t successful. The Balance Pad provides the “just right” challenge! The family reported that they can’t believe how willing their child is to stand on it while she does activities at the coffee table, even while dancing to her favorite Minnie Mouse songs!

Childhood apraxia of speech kept this two-year-old from sharing his ideas or making requests using vocal communication. With a loan from Tech for Tykes, he started using the iPad Mini with ChatWrap and the Proloquo2Go app to name colors, request farm animals to play with, and tell others personal information such as his age, his dog’s name, and where he will be going to preschool this fall. His mother originally programed the phrase, “My favorite toys are farm animals and tractors,”  but he responded, “No. Bulls.” He was so excited to use the device to tell his uncle and grandmother the new phrase, “My favorite toys are bulls and tractors.”

Happy child sitting upright independently in a shopping cart using her GoTo Postural Seat. Smiling child enjoying bath time, sitting independently, while using Splashy Seat.

With the GoTo Postural Support Seat, this little one was able to go to a restaurant with her parents and sit at the table with them for the first time! She was so happy to be a part of the meal and to not be in her stroller off to the side. The device also allows her to sit in rocking chairs and grocery carts. She can even use the floor sitter attachment to be able to participate in play time on the floor. 

This little guy and his family are very happy with their trial of the Splashy Portable Bath Seat! It has a variety of configurations and adjustments available to meet the needs of each individual child, including a 3-point or 5-point harness. The chair sits low to the ground for easy and safe soaking in the water. It also cleans up easily, making it handy for camping trips or play in an outdoor kiddie pool. 

Young child sit's with SLP, using his AAC device to engage in book-reading. Young child using ViaPro to communicate.

A customized AAC device (in this case, the iPad mini) for this little one is an essential component of his development. It provides the opportunity to share his ideas and engage with the people in his life in a meaningful way to enrich others and expand possibilities for connection. Early access builds early success!

Borrowing a communication device from the statewide loan bank, allowed this young girl to communicate with her family as she looked at her books. The Via Pro by PRC-Saltillo has the LAMP Words for Life, TouchChat with WordPower, and Dialogue AAC apps with matching keyguards, which allowed this little one to trial the apps, then do a longer trial with LAMP. The vocabulary Builder feature in LAMP made it easy to focus on learning the motor plan for specific words to build her vocabulary. After a successful trial, funding paperwork has been approved by Medicaid, and this little communicator will be receiving her own purple ViaPro soon!


Assistive Technology for Young Child: A Parent's Perspective



Young boy happily using his AAC device to talk about himself.

Young child using AT roller to move around independently.

Young child uses switch device to engage in sing-along. 

Happy child uses AAC device to engage in stop-and-go play.


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