Teaching Robotics and Coding to Students with Low Incidence Disabilities


Session Dates

Wednesday April 20, 2022 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Webinar

This presentation will begin by outlining a brief rationale for teaching robotics and coding to all students, including those with low incidence disabilities. Next, the presenter will discuss some connections to the common core and Next Generation Science skills. Additionally, the presenter will illustrate the findings from a series of projects in which hand-held robots were used to teach computer coding and other academic and collateral skills (e.g. social, communication skills) to students with low incidence disabilities. Using video and student outcomes from these studies as a backdrop, the presenter will detail the step by step instructional methods used to teach coding and robotics; provide recommendations for selecting technology to teach coding and robotics, depending on grade level, purpose of instruction, and other considerations; and deliver additional resources, practical lesson plans and task analyses, and examples teachers can use in the classroom.


  • List the reasons for teaching robotics and coding to all students, with a focus on students with low incidence disabilities.
  • Discuss the research-based findings from a series of studies in which coding and robotics were taught to students with autism and low incidence disabilities.
  • Describe how to teach coding and robotics to their students using a step by step approach to instruction through use of video, lessons, and other resources.

Target Audience

Special Education Teachers; Speech Therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals; School Psychologists; Related Service Provider Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact:Annette Bauerlein, at 610-878-7211, or abauerlein@pattan.net

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Vicki Knight, PhD BCBA

Event Contact:


Annette Bauerlein

Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta