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STAGES ASSESSMENT AND CURRICULUM SOFTWARE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Madalaine Pugliese
Assistive and Instructional Technology
5 Bessom Street, #175
Marblehead, MA 01945
Voice: (781) 639-1930
Fax: (781) 631-9928
E-mail: pugliese@mediaone.net

Description of Presentation:

Stages is a combination of solutions that helps you define learners¹ abilities as they develop cognitive and language skills. The Stages solutions include a book, assessment software and curriculum software bundles. Parents, teachers, or therapists can identify skills and select recommended software and help learners build necessary skills.

Stages is a sequence of seven stages that define learners' abilities as they develop cognitive and language skills. The Stages software is a collection of interactive software activities used to explore the abilities of learners with special needs. Assessment activities are used as benchmark measures to identify skills that are characteristic of learners at each stage. After identifying the appropriate stage for an individual, the parent, teacher, or therapist is able to select recommended software from a list of the most popular titles in the fields of special education and language to help build necessary skills.

Seven categories of development will be defined in terms of the levels of language and cognition experienced by each group. They are not age or grade specific, and not all learners will reach stage Seven. The range of levels are defined as: Cause and Effect; Pre-Linguistic Skills; merging Language; Early Concepts; Advanced Concepts and Communication; Functional Learning; and Written Expression.

Demonstrations include sample activities for evaluation purposes to assist users in placing students along the continuum of development as well as sample programs from the recommended selections. This presentation is appropriate for professionals and parents who have a beginning level of understanding of technology use and who represent students with mild to severe learning and communication needs.


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