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Lon Thornburg Patient Expert

Lon Thornburg, Assistive Technology Specialist, holds a Masters in education and technology, which he has applied to the use of assistive technology for students with disabilities. He is a nationally recognized trainer on incorporating online tools for print disability support and blogs for... Full Bio
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Apps for Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism and Video Task Cueing, QR Codes and iBeacons by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I have been sharing some AT apps and ideas I picked up lately and have had some DD and VR folks with DHS contact me in our region about these tools and there is ... Read on »
Top 25 Favorite AT Tools, Part Two: Text and Writing Tools, Apps and Supports by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities   PART TWO... In Part One , I shared a list of most used items for Cause and Effect, Switches, Mounts and AAC.  I want to continue Part Two with tools that have be ... Read on »
Top 25 Favorite AT Tools, Part One: Switches and AAC by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In Part One , I shared a list of most used items for Cause and Effect, Switches, Mounts and AAC.  I want to continue Part Two with tools that have been found most valu ... Read on »
Hands on Science with Exploriments App Series by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities My son is getting very interested in doing science experiments with batteries, wiring and making simple circuits. He has grown up with one of those construction se ... Read on »
AT Tools for Everyone's Toolbox, Part One: by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In December I wrote a post, "Self -Accomodation Should be a Standard of Daily Life" . In it we looked at the ways we accommodate the tasks we do day to day. ... Read on »
Aurasma App: Augment Reality With a "Virtual" Routine Schedule by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Wouldn't it be great if you could aim an iPad or iTouch camera at a symbol or picture on a daily visual schedule and get an instant video of what the steps are ... Read on »
Resources, Tools, Apps to Support Writing by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I was referred to a great blog post full of good links and resources to support writing skills from TeachThought . Check it out! Lon Read on »
Build Your Own Virtual Driving Course for Training Joystick Driving Skills by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I couldn't find a free online driving game that would allow us to use a mouse or joystick mouse emulator to steer a car around streets and help a student train to ... Read on »
Operating Switch Adapted Toys with the iPad by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I have been asked about ways to use the iPad for switch operation of something other than apps on the screen or typing/communicating. There are children using t ... Read on »
Self-Accommodation Should be a Standard of Daily Life by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Think of the last time you accommodated something you needed to do. Did you find a tool to help you screw that screw in better, stand on a stool to reach hi ... Read on »
Text to Speech Up a Notch with Voice Dream Reader App by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I was checking out a list of apps that support Dyslexia   I linked to, Friday November 30, when I came across Voice Dream Reader . The thing that caught my eye ... Read on »
Reading Apps: Subtext App Will Read to You by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I have been playing with different reading apps to look at accessing text for students. Our Instructional Technology team that writes iDevice in the Mountains, sho ... Read on »
iPad Apps List for Dyslexia: University of Michigan by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I had a request for some apps for the iPad that could help with phonics and early reading and writing for young children with Dyslexia. I found this list of apps ... Read on »
New Technology Raises New Challenges in Accessibility : What Are They? by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities The iPad has LOTS of accessibility features for folks, but what about switch access and accessibility interfaces for scanning on the tablet and within apps? There seems to ... Read on »
Free Goodies Available at Learning Magic: Closing Doors end of 2012 by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Learning Magic, a pioneer in interactive learning on the computer will be closing its doors the end of December 2012. The company, founded by Byron Wilkes, has been dedicat ... Read on »
The Adapted Stylus: Which One Would You Choose? by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities The type of stylus used on an iPad or other tablet screen can be crucial for the success of a student trying to write, draw and select areas on a screen. Fine and gross mot ... Read on »
Proloquo2Go Resources for Version 2.0 by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This past summer, the new Proloquo2Go Version 2.0 was released. I have been excited about the new basic and core vocabulary feature. You can choose an option for ... Read on »
Toontastic App for Writing, Communication, Emotions and ...FUN! by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I saw the Toontastic App for the iPad yesterday. The SPED teacher showing it to me was very excited about it . This teacher has her students working on animated st ... Read on »
Autism Funding Resources for iPads by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I received a letter today from some parents discouraged because their insurance denied an iPad with an AAC app for their son. We did trials with him using it last ... Read on »
Summary of Accessibility Features for iPad in iOS 6 by Lon Thornburg Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Here is quick summary of the accessibility features for the new iOS 6 on the iPad for those of us who need a short simple summary to have as a reference. Go down t ... Read on »