Tech for tots

By John Exeter
Executive Member Carson Street School, WA

Evidence suggests that investment in prevention and early support services improves educational and social outcomes for all children.

With the hype surrounding iPads as a learning resource, the parents of our early intervention aged students began to seek practical ways to assist their child’s development through the use of technology at home.

When working with children with a disability, conventional lessons just don’t cut it in the classroom. You need to attract and hold students attention, engage them in the activity and present things in an interesting way.

Thanks to the Telstra Everyone Connected grant we were able to provide training sessions on iPads and other technologies to parents and children prior to formal schooling.

Six sessions were given by the Independent Living Centre, a technology training company, and will encourage collaborative learning between the parent and child and increase the child’s independence, confidence and knowledge.

The sessions helped develop the children’s ability participate, learn and interact with peers and family and prepare them for inclusion when they reach school age.

Six iPads were also purchased to loan out for students without access to technology. The iPads were set up with learning resources and assorted games to assist with development at home.



Carson Street School delivers primary education to young students with a disability in WA. Students require extensive therapy and educational services and have a wide range of medical conditions.Carson Street School has a strong belief in the link between home and school.

Location: East Victoria Park, WA

Target: 30

Duration: 2013 – 2014

Outcome: children with a disability and their families learn about technology

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In 2012, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Telstra Foundation made 100 Everyone Connected grants to community groups to improve digital inclusion by connecting disadvantaged children and young people to the internet, building their online skills and promoting cyber safety.