Author Archives: Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.

Google Quick Tip – Voice Typing in Google Slides!

Voice Typing is now available in Google Slides, however, it can only be used in the speaker notes area. A work around for using this feature for writing content for the slide is easy. Create  your text using the Voice Typing in the speaker notes and … Continue reading

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Reminder, Alarm and Voice Reminders, Remind Me App

Research on use of visual schedules and checklists has been found to improve independence in completing work tasks and self-care skills for individuals with autism and cognitive disabilities (Koyama, Wang 2011). Use of visual schedules on PDA have also shown significant benefits … Continue reading

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VEST Vibratory Vest for Hard of Hearing

Re-blogged from The Assistive Technology Daily Blog Can sensory data be fed through unusual sensory channels? And can the brain learn to extract the meaning of such information streams? VEST vibratory vest Yes and yes. Sensory substitution is a non-invasive … Continue reading

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Accessing Print on the Fly with Mobile Devices and Apps with OCR and Text to Speech

Apps with text to speech are nothing new. Many apps with text to speech are available for mobile devices to access print on the fly for individuals with visual, learning or cognitive disabilities as may be required in a academic , home setting or in the community. … Continue reading

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LED Handrails for the Visually Impaired

There are a many exciting  innovations emerging for individuals with low vision and blindness, from environmental supports to sophisticated new wearables. The Assistive Technology Daily shares LED handrails that can guide the traveler in the direction of the walkway or stairs in … Continue reading

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iPhone Case System with Swappable Modules – An Option for AAC Users?

Otterbox cases have been the mobile device case choice for most of our clients mobile device recommendations. Otterbox cases provide a protection, good quality yet remain somewhat slim.  Of course their is never a one size fits all for our clients pending their needs, however … Continue reading

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Holiday Apps for Preschoolers

Here are a few apps that provide some preschool educational or mobile app touch learning with a holiday theme. Certainly there are more, however these are currently free (time line for free is unknown…). Whether for learning shapes, focused attention, language … Continue reading

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