The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Department of Health partner to provide the SoonerStart Early Intervention Program. Oklahoma ABLE Tech partners with SoonerStart to provide assistive technology (AT) to infants and toddlers, birth to three, with disabilities. ABLE Tech provides AT to SoonerStart teams in the form of assessment kits. SoonerStart uses these kits when working with families. The goal is to increase access to and acquisition of AT that may benefit children with disabilities in the SoonerStart program.
Assistive Technology (AT) for Early Intervention
Definition of AT
AT is any piece of equipment or device used to improve the capabilities of children with disabilities. AT is also a service that directly assists in the selection, acquisition, and use of an AT device.
- Computer Access - adaptive keyboard/mouse
- Daily Living - modified eating utensils, calming sleep aids, universal cuffs to help with gripping items
- Environmental Adaptations - sensory regulation items, visual schedules, and switches to turn on toys/appliances
- Hearing - amplification devices, alert devices, and safety devices to secure hearing aids
- Speech Communication - picture boards, talking switches, and speech-generating devices
- Learning, Cognition, Development - adapted books, early literacy apps, and task timers
- Recreation - switch-adapted toys, adapted games/puzzles, and musical instruments
- Vision - lightboxes, braille blocks, and apps and built-in features on an iPad
- Mobility, Seating, Positioning - adapted highchairs/strollers, seats, and other devices with straps or material providing positioning support
- Vehicle Modifications - customized car seats, vehicles with wheelchair access, and devices that assist with unbuckling
AT Overview Resources
As Oklahoma’s AT Act Program, ABLE Tech contracts with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to provide AT devices and services for Oklahoma children ages birth to three. The AT overview below is a resource to help children, families, caregivers, and service providers to increase access to and acquisition of devices that benefit children in the statewide SoonerStart program.
AT Demonstration Kits
ABLE Tech provides all 26 SoonerStart teams across the state with an AT assessment kit. These kits include AT to increase independence in accessing the environment, playing, seeing, hearing, speaking/communicating, pre-reading, seating/positioning/mobility, and daily living activities. The AT is demonstrated to families to help them make an informed decision about whether or not AT will assist the child in participating in activities that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to do.
ABLE Tech Programs and Services
Core Programs and Services:
Borrow AT for 4 to 6 weeks to determine if it meets an individual’s needs before purchasing.
Reassigns refurbished and repaired equipment to Oklahomans in need; also facilitates person-to-person transfer of AT.
Apply for financing options that offer low interest and flexible repayment terms for purchasing needed AT.
ABLE Tech Early Childhood Resources
ABLE Tech serves as a DME Provider for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority vending iPads, apps, cases, and limited accessories for use as speech generating devices for children who qualify as SoonerCare members.
Learn about AT devices and ideas to support the development of early literacy skills for infants, toddlers, and children who are not yet reading.
ABLE Tech demonstrates how to use AT in the assessment kits provided to SoonerStart teams across the state.
An overview of AT to help children, families, caregivers, and service providers increase access to and acquisition of devices that benefit children with disabilities.
AAC can be a solution that helps people effectively and efficiently communicate, and this video will help viewers explore various no-, low-, mid-, and high-tech options.
Tips and tricks for using Bookshare to read accessible, digital text.
Details regarding Medicaid and its provision of AT for infants and toddlers in Oklahoma.
SoonerStart Early Intervention Services and its role in providing AT devices and services for infants and toddlers.
Discover how easy it is to make low-tech AT solutions using items typically found in the home.
ABLE Tech collaboration with SoonerStart to promote the use of AT to support infants and toddlers who have disabilities.
Discover and explore learning apps for early childhood
SoonerStart Collaboration VIDEO
SoonerStart Success Story
Jonathan is a 1-year-old from Oklahoma County. Jonathan is often mouthing toys, shopping carts, and his mom’s leg. He also bites inappropriate objects to seek out oral stimulation. Jonathan's Oklahoma County SoonerStart therapist introduced the Z-vibe during therapy. It is an innovative, vibrating tool for oral motor therapy used to normalize sensitivities and improve speech.
This assistive technology (AT) device is included in the demonstration kit provided through a collaboration with ABLE Tech’s AT Demonstration Program. By utilizing the Z-vibe daily, Jonathan is now able to seek proper items to meet his oral needs. Jonathan’s mother and therapist report Jonathan has increased vocalizations, smiles, and interactions with others.
Quick Links for SoonerStart Personnel
- ABLE Tech Authorization to Deliver Form (pdf)
- Demonstration Forms
- Online Success Story Form
- Device Purchase/Sale Form
- SoonerStart Sanitization Policies and Procedures Checklist (Word)
- ABLE Tech Device Loan Portal
- SoonerStart Brochure (PDF)
- SoonerStart Early Intervention Operations Manual (Website) Read: Section 1900 and Appendix X
- SoonerStart Sanitization Policies and Procedures (pdf)
- Helping Kids Be Kids podcast series: Helpful Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Kids