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ACE Centre Assessment

  1. 1. ACE Assessment
  2. 2. The ACE Centre <ul><li>Aiding Communication in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment, training, research, software development… </li></ul><ul><li>Centres in Oxford and Oldham </li></ul>
  3. 3. CAP <ul><li>Communication Aids Project </li></ul><ul><li>£10 million for two years </li></ul><ul><li>2000 – 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Has resulted in our assessment process being more flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on developing skills amongst local team </li></ul>
  4. 4. Presentation <ul><li>Pre-assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment process </li></ul><ul><li>Post assessment </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pre - assessment planning <ul><li>a vitally important part of our assessment process </li></ul>
  6. 6. Collecting Information <ul><li>Phone calls (to parents, school, therapists) </li></ul><ul><li>Background information form </li></ul>
  7. 7. Background Information <ul><li>Interests </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Sensory abilities (hearing, vision, perception) </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Seating and positioning </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Use of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Medication </li></ul>
  8. 8. Collecting Information cont’d <ul><li>Pre-assessment visits / meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Video conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>
  9. 9. Video Guidelines <ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interacting with other children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interacting with adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close up of AAC system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child in activity / discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child in seating / wheelchair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine and gross motor control away from computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using speech / vocalising </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Pre-Assessment Video of Child using Big Mack and One Step was shown
  11. 11. Venue <ul><li>School </li></ul><ul><li>ACE Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Home </li></ul><ul><li>somewhere else… </li></ul>
  12. 12. Preparation of activities and equipment <ul><li>Fun and motivating </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>based on information gathered regarding the young person’s likes and interests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>ACE assessment planning form </li></ul>
  13. 13. Assess plan for …………….. Date …………….. What we want to learn about the young person Activity Equipment required …………….
  14. 14. Summary of pre-assessment planning <ul><li>Time-consuming…. BUT WORTH IT! </li></ul><ul><li>Video very valuable </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Assessment
  16. 16. Our Assessment Team <ul><li>Speech & language therapist </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational therapist </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul>
  17. 17. Others Involved <ul><li>Parents / carers </li></ul><ul><li>Child’s local therapists </li></ul><ul><li>Other specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Class teacher & teaching assistant </li></ul><ul><li>LEA advisory teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Education officer / funder </li></ul>
  18. 18. Set-up at the ACE Centre <ul><li>Assessment room </li></ul><ul><li>Observation room </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequent interaction between the two rooms </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Other venues <ul><li>Two linked rooms are ideal! </li></ul><ul><li>When its not possible… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We try not to crowd the young person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We try to take video to share with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible attendance during the day </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Goals of the Assessment <ul><li>Control of technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>accuracy and efficiency – maximum output for the minimum physical input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>seating and positioning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>environment, computer, communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access to learning and the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>low and high tech </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Assessment Activities <ul><li>Fun, motivating, interesting for the youngster </li></ul><ul><li>Experience success </li></ul>
  22. 22. Dressing Up!
  23. 23. Secret Drawing
  24. 24. Making Choices Assessment Video of child directing father to read him a poem using auditory scanning on a dynavox with two head switches
  25. 25. Software Photo of child using Touch Games software with joystick and switch
  26. 26. Story writing
  27. 27. Using the Telephone
  28. 28. Using the Telephone cont’d
  29. 29. Playing with Infra-red toys Assessment Video showing child playing with Robosapien using DV4 in place of the remote control
  30. 30. Robosapien Page
  31. 31. Robosapien
  32. 32. Other activities… <ul><li>Musical statues </li></ul><ul><li>Simon Says </li></ul><ul><li>Joint story-telling </li></ul><ul><li>Mr Potato Head </li></ul><ul><li>Guessing games e.g. Guess Who </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  33. 33. A few principles <ul><li>Flexibility! </li></ul><ul><li>Child centred </li></ul><ul><li>We ask & listen throughout the assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Team working </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross boundaries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discussion time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regularly, throughout day, with everyone </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Post Assessment
  35. 35. The Report <ul><ul><li>Detailed working document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draft versions shared with local team and parents if appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Important as so much takes place during the assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diagrams </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Screen shots </li></ul></ul></ul>
  36. 36. Example diagram… Maxess Tray Large Red Switch Large Maxess Wedge Jelly bean switch Medium Maxess Wedge Position of left hand
  37. 37. Loan of equipment <ul><li>ACE (or CAP) loan library </li></ul><ul><li>VOCA suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>Sale or return </li></ul>
  38. 38. Follow-up <ul><ul><li>Decided at initial assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After a follow-up phone call / video received </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>further assessment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>training </li></ul></ul></ul>
  39. 39. Support for local team <ul><li>Information days </li></ul><ul><li>Video conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Emails </li></ul><ul><li>Phone calls </li></ul>
  40. 40. Summary <ul><li>Pre assessment, assessment and post assessment stages very flexible! </li></ul><ul><li>Moving towards a ‘modular approach’ </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Child centred </li></ul>

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