|Computers for Children
A Worksheet for Parents
If you think your child needs a computer for school
or home, use the following as a tool to help you
determine and support your child's needs for computer
Why do you think your child needs a computer?
I think my child needs a computer because...
Have you identified the educational goals
that the computer will help your
achieve? Yes ___ No ___
For example, a computer may help students improve
written expression; complete
assignments in a reasonable amount of time; assist in
electronic research. If the primary purpose of the
computer is educational, consider requesting the
computer through your local school district.
Have you identified other ways in which a computer
will help your child's
development? Yes ___ No ___
For example, a computer may help children to play,
socialize, and lengthen attention span.
A computer will help my child ...
Has your child had a computer evaluation?
Yes ___ No ___
An evaluation is necessary for determining what type of
computer hardware and software are appropriate for your
child. An evaluation should also identify any
adaptations your child will require in order to access
An evaluation was provided by
The evaluator recommended a computer
The evaluator recommended the following
equipment, software, or other adaptations for access..
Have you identified when, where, and
how often your child will be using the
computer? Yes ___ No ___
The computer may be needed in the classroom; in the
library or resource room or at home.
My child will be using the computer
Are the computer hardware, software,
and services necessary to use them included in your
child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) of
Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Yes
___ No ___
If you anticipate that the computer your child needs
will be provided through your local
school district or early Intervention Program, the
computer should be written into your
child's IEP or IFSP.
The following hardware, software, and
assistive technology services(s) are included in my
Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
(800) 204-PIAT (74280 Voice; (800) 204-PIAT (7428) TTY.
PIAT is funded under Public Law 103-218 by a grant from
the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation
Research, U.S. department of Education, #H224A20006-96