Assistive Technology: Harkla

Assistive Technology: Harkla

What is Assistive Technology? 

Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

What does Harkla do?

Harkla weighted blankets, weighted lap animals, and pressure vests provide calming sensory input to help create a perfect learning environment for LDS students. Harkla products can assist in calming and refocusing students who may struggle with sensory challenges such as ADHD. The use of weighted, calming products is supported by the science of Deep Pressure Therapy, which “helps to decrease nervous system activity” and encourages a feeling of calm and relaxation.”  

Harkla features:

  • Weighted Harkla products help students self-regulate emotions while in our AT Studio and Learning Centre. 
  • Products are thoughtfully designed for children and are easy to clean, odour and allergen-free, and durable. 

How can my child access Harkla? 

We offer Harkla as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leadingedge AT to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

    —Rie 

    _________________ 

    Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

    Assistive Technology: MindMeister

    Assistive Technology: MindMeister

    What is Assistive Technology? 

    Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

    What does MindMeister do?

    MindMeister is a web-based platform that allows for mind mapping—a visual representation of thoughts and ideas. This software lets you make Mind Map bubbles containing text and images, arrange them, and connect them with lines, to help organize and capture ideas a student may have. Mind Maps can be used to organize thoughts, make To Do lists, brainstorm, schedule, and so much more. And because it is an online platform, Mind Maps can be used on any device and used collaboratively on projects.  

    MindMeister features:

    • Customizable bubbles with colour, images, videos, emojis, notes, links, and more to help you stay organized.  
    • A wide range of templates that help you get started with various topics like homework planning, brainstorming, and To Do lists. 
    • The Magic Wand button adds images, videos, or notes matching the content of your bubble.   
    • The History tool allows you to see all previous versions of your Mind Map and revert back to any of them.   
    • The Presentation button allows you to quickly and easily show off your creation, bubble by bubble. 

      How can my child access MindMeister?

      Our RISE Assistive Technology Studio is supported by our thoughtful and generous LDS technology sponsors, including MindMeister. Like all our assistive software tools, LDS offers MindMeister to our students and their families for use in lessons, in school, and at home. To claim your free copy of MindMeister, please email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca. You can also request an LDS assistive software virtual tour to get an in-depth introduction to our assistive software suite.  

      We also offer MindMeister in our East Vancouver AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leading-edge AT to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

        —Rie 

        _________________ 

        Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

        Assistive Technology: Live It Earth

        Assistive Technology: Live It Earth

        What is Assistive Technology? 

        Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

        What does Live It Earth do?

        Live It Earth is a Canadian company, based in BC, that produces programs for home and school classrooms that inspire kids to care for the world around them and empower them to act. Live It incorporates Indigenous perspectives and a deep appreciation for the natural world into all their content.  

        Live It Earth features:

        Each month during the school year, Live It builds a lesson around a theme, like the Arctic, Caribou, or Forest Fires.
        Around this theme, they prepare: 

        • A 20-minute educational show. 
        • An informative slideshow. 
        • In-house experts to interact with users and answer questions via Twitter. 
        • Teacher resources to encourage participation. 
        • 4 weekly challenges designed to get students involved. These challenges include a science challenge, a reading challenge, a creative challenge, and a game. They are designed to get kids engaged with the world around them, away from a screen, and using whatever materials and tools they have around them. Live It Earth curates their questions and challenge submissions on Twitter through the hashtag #LiveItEarth, and often features user submissions in their programming. 

        How can my child access Live It Earth?

        Our RISE Assistive Technology Studio is supported by our thoughtful and generous LDS technology sponsors, including Live It Earth. Like all our assistive software tools, LDS offers Live It Earth to our students and their families for use in lessons, in school, and at home. To claim your free copy of Live It Earth, please email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca. You can also request an LDS assistive software virtual tour to get an in-depth introduction to our assistive software suite.  

        We also offer Live It Earth in our East Vancouver AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leading-edge AT to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

          —Rie 

          _________________ 

          Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

          Assistive Technology: FocusCalm

          Assistive Technology: FocusCalm

          What is Assistive Technology? 

          Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

          What does FocusCalm do?

          Focus Calm is a wearable, brain-sensing headband and app that provide simple, scientifically developed exercises and games to train your brain to lower feelings of stress while staying alert and focused. FocusCalm monitors brain waves and other biological signals to determine levels of stress, focus, and calm. It offers simple games and guided mediation to expose the brain to various conditions and activities while striving for the FocusCalm state. LDS students benefit from FocusCalm as they practice gaining control over their mindset and improve their mental health. LDS students can download the FocusCalm app or visit our AT Studio to try it out for themselves.  

          FocusCalm features:

          • Focus Calm headband measures brain activity to provide immediate feedback in easy-to-understand numerical scores. Combined with the app, it scores mental activities from 0 (most active) to 100 (most calm) and the goal is to complete the activity while keeping the score as high as possible. 
          • FocusCalm is designed to track long-term progress to ensure users get the most out of their meditation practice. The FocusCalm app provides daily challenges, brain games, and guided meditation that improve the ability to regain focus and remain calm—especially important for students who may feel overstimulated or overwhelmed with learning materials.  
          • FocusCalm also offers a Tracker so the mental state can be monitored during any activity.

          How can my child access FocusCalm?

          We offer FocusCalm as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leadingedge AT to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

            —Rie 

            _________________ 

            Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

            Assistive Technology: Muse 2

            Assistive Technology: Muse 2

            What is Assistive Technology? 

            Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

            What does Muse 2 do?

            Muse 2 is a wearable meditation device that provides real-time feedback on your brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements to help you build a consistent meditation practice. The wearable meditation headband monitors brain activity. The app records data and provides guided meditation and sound cues to help bring students to a focused and calm mental state. Muse 2 is beneficial for students who may feel overstimulated in lessons or struggle with attention or emotional control. LDS students 16 years of age and older can download the Muse app or visit the AT studio to try it out for themselves.

            Muse 2 features:

            • Muse 2 uses brain activity to create sound cues to help students identify emotions and bring attention back to breathing. Brainwaves can be categorized as neutral, calm, or active and are translated into corresponding soundscapes such as rainforest, city park, or the beach.  
            • Muse 2 headband and app give real-time feedback on brain activity during meditation and records data to track progress. 
            • Muse 2 features various durations and themes of meditation: Mind, Heart, Body, Breath, or Guided Meditation.  

            What is Muse’s Guided Meditation Library?

            Muse, the maker of the Muse wearable meditation device, has provided LDS with a limited-time trial of their Guided Meditation Library. Guided meditations are led by another individual who instructs the listener through the meditation. The instructor helps the listener maintain focus and teaches meditation techniques. Guided meditation is an excellent resource for individuals new to mediation or who find mediation on their own difficult. There are various courses and collections within the guided meditation library that target problem areas, like sleep and stress, or target individuals, like parents and kids. While You can use these guided meditations with the Muse 2 headset, this library does not require it. Simply access the guided meditations via the Muse app (Android) or the Meditation Studio App (iOS) and listen away. 

            Features of Muse’s Guided Meditation Library:

            • Tailored collections that target specific people, communities and careers: like parents, kids, and first responders. These customized meditations adjust the length and content of the meditation to be more appropriate for the target group. 
            • Courses to teach and build meditations skills taught by over 70 experts.  
            • A wide range of guided meditations that help with mood, stress, sleep and much more. 

            How can my child access Muse 2 and Guided Meditation Library?

            We currently have a free trial of this guided meditation library from Muse as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leading-edge AT to help our students with learning differences. The Muse 2 is offered in-person to students as part of our AT Studio. To learn more about how your child can benefit and to access this library, email our ATTo learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

              —Rie 

              _________________ 

              Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

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