McKenzie Centre - Realising a child's potential - Early intervention for children with special needs - Te Whare Awhina o nga Kohungahunga Haua





The Centre has computers and various switch operated toys available for use by the children. Many toys and CD's are available through our Techloan library.

What is Assistive Technology?

It is any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to help a child:

  • To play
  • Attain agreed early learning goals
  • To communicate
  • To move
  • To hear or see better
  • To control things
  • To be bathed, dressed or fed (bath supports, built up utensils)
  • To use things more easily- to turn on (adaptive switch or larger knob)
  • To hold things steady or in place (Velcro or clamps)
  • To be positioned correctly


At McKenzie Centre we consider Assistive Technology as a team when 

  • A child's' disability limits interaction with the environment and interferes with experiential learning.
  • A significant gap exists between receptive and expressive abilities.
  • A child's physical disability is impeding the educational/vocational potential of an individual.
  • A child's disability is impeding their independence.