Authors: Emma Lindeblad, Staffan NIlsson, Stefan Gustafson, Idor Svensson

[Taylor & Francis, Vol. 12, Issue 7, p. 713-724, 2017]

New assistive technology such as iPads, computers, and other tablets have become increasingly popular in education. The purpose of this research piece is to investigate the relationship between the use of assistive technology and effects of reading ability among those with reading difficulties. However, it is important to note that this sample size of this study is small, so more research is needed to investigate this relationship before drawing large conclusions.

Conducted in Sweden, 35 students, aged 10-12 years old, were assessed 5 times each with reading tests as a result of using assistive technology over a one year period. The tests were based on the students use of the technology and the improvements in their reading ability. Students’ parents and teachers were also assessed through a questionnaire about their experience with the technology over the one year period.

The results from this study showed a positive correlation between using assistive technology and reading ability. According to the analyses, the use of assistive technology can help children with reading difficulties prosper, due to increased motivation and increased independent learning. These results show promise for the future of technology in the classroom and at home.

To conclude, this study has implications of new ways to assist students throughout their development, especially with reading. New technologies can be used to help those with reading disabilities keep in step with their peers by giving them an extra tool. In addition, assistive technology can be beneficial because it can facilitate the student’s access to information, increasing vocabulary and understanding. This study shows that technology has the potential to increase a student’s engagement with reading and motivation to read. Especially in today’s world, technology offers a world of possibilities to help any child learn to read.

View the full research article here.