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Assistive Technology FAQs - TTAC Day 3


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This presentation contains frequently asked questions from the participants of the book study group for "The Practical (And Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public School"

This presentation contains frequently asked questions from the participants of the book study group for "The Practical (And Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public School"

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  • 1. The Practical and Fun Guide to Assistive Technology i Public A i ti T h l in P bli Schools Christopher R. Bugaj Sally Norton-Darr Free Powerpoint Templates Page 1
  • 2. Think about this….• Does everyone in your district know how to consider AT at IEP meetings?• How does your district make decisions when a student needs an accommodation that costs money?• How can you promote: “AT Team = Saving $$$”? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 2
  • 3. Today Designed By You! y g y• We might not get to everything covered in the book because today is designed around your questions as outlined in the KWL chart. Let s Let’s take a look at your questions! Free Powerpoint Templates Page 3
  • 4. How to balance being an AT person with a full-time SLP position? (A theme of many questions)• As an educator, you’re used to being overworked!• It ain’t easy – it takes time! ain t• Be like Professor Moody – “Constant Vigilance!”• Shawshank Sha shank Approach – Keep at it until you get ntil o what you want.• Hook them with what is important to them (ex. Improve AYP while saving money) Free Powerpoint Templates Page 4
  • 5. How to get more funding? g g• Better question…how to stretch the funding f di you already h l d have? ?• Use the data you collect (service data & student performance data) to show others the benefit of what you are doing. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 5
  • 6. How can I convince my superiors how beneficial a whiteboard will be for all b fi i l hit b d ill b f ll students (not just SPED students)?• Share data/research• Share what neighbors are doing• Share articles, videos, podcasts on the topic• Go t PTO G to PTOs Free Powerpoint Templates Page 6
  • 7. How do we fit in the time for consultation and PD?• The time you put in will save y time in the long run y p you g• Use resources already available (online tutorials, podcasts, videos, etc) – (LCPS AT) – (Montgomery County HIAT)• C t “banks” f Create “b k ” from which t d hi h to draw Free Powerpoint Templates Page 7
  • 8. True or False.AT consideration is only for when a child id ti i l f h hild is NOT meeting educational requirements. i t• False AT MUST be considered at False. EVERY IEP MEETING. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 8
  • 9. Many students are using AT, but not all need AT as a related service, correct??? d l t d i t???• BINGO! IEP teams become the people who make decisions about AT every day!• Th only AT Service i an “AT E l i ” The l S i is Evaluation”. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 9
  • 10. How to get the info from teachers in a ti l manner/time to consult? timely /ti t lt?• Keep the information you are requesting streamlined. – No form (or short form) Free Powerpoint Templates Page 10
  • 11. Parent notification NOT required for consultations?• Nope. Just colleagues brainstorming. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 11
  • 12. What should I do if I get a new studentwhose IEP h specific AT listed that our h has ifi li t d th t school does not have?• A AT evaluation An l i Free Powerpoint Templates Page 12
  • 13. How to conduct an AT evaluation? SETT Framework• Consider the needs of the student student.• Consider the environment in which the student in learning.• Consider the task the student needs to complete.• Consider the tools the student needs to complete the task. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 13
  • 14. Is there a specific AT evaluation (report)document? Do we need to make one up?d t? D dt k ?• Yes• The components are as follows: –Background Information –Technology already in place –Observation (Facts) Observation »Student Interviews »Educator Inter ie s Ed cator Interviews –Recommendations (Opinions) –Additional R Additi l Resources –Appendices Powerpoint Templates Free Page 14
  • 15. Are there sample forms?• They are in the book. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 15
  • 16. How to make an AT report more accessible & user friendly?• In general, the more pictures y can include, g , p you , the better (in different sections of the report).• Include an appendix of tutorials, resources, and pp , , images to help explain. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 16
  • 17. Does the AT team need to considerthe lack of manpower in a classroom before recommending AT?• Least Restrictive Environment is always your friend Think in these terms first friend. first. What tools are already available? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 17
  • 18. How do you determine which AT device is the best, socially acceptable?• Consider the needs of the student first. If socially acceptable is a need then you need to consider it.• A i consider what i l Again, id h is least restrictive fi i i first. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 18
  • 19. Would more trials or devices be worthwhile (even with kids with severe disabilities)?• Do a classroom evaluation. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 19
  • 20. How many recommendations are too many?• It depends – Each evaluation is a little different.• Classroom Evaluation Options - A. Give them everything you can B. Group them by category C. Group th C G them i order of potential i l in d f t ti l implementation t ti D. Only give them a small number of recommendations based on what you think they can handle at the time time. You can always give them more later. Individual Evaluations – Write everything you think will “benefit” the student (not “need”, that’s the IEP Team’s job) but let the teacher review the report beforePowerpoint Templates Free it goes public. Page 20
  • 21. How to make recommendations happen?• Make them accommodations• If you are using least restrictive tools, then the learning curve might be less (Ex: Dragon Dictate vs. Record Voice in Word)• Repetition (saying it once doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen immediately – so say it again and again and again) so,• Multi-modal learning – Provide training with videos, audio, images – not necessarily just a list or recommendations• Show the paraprofessionals. They often make things happen! • Do a model lesson with students • Forgive yourself – You will always feel like you could do more Free Powerpoint Templates Page 21
  • 22. What is the disadvantage of reasonable trials?• D fi “ Define “reasonable t i l”? bl trial”?• How do you determine the following: – Length of the trial? – Needs have changed in the middle of a trial? – Are you trialing every possible device? – Do you trial EVERY recommendation? ie. How do you determine which recommendations need trials & which do not? – How do you know when your trials are completed that the next thing you would have tried wouldn’t have been better? A Better Way? – Make a decision about what you think will work best and go with it Wh something b ith it. When thi becomes an accommodation, the trial begins. Page 22 Free Powerpoint Templates
  • 23. Is it appropriate to mix a Believer & a Skeptic (or does it depend)?• It depends, but start with being a Believer.• Occasionally, when you’re not sure which you re direction to go, let your inner skeptic come out. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 23
  • 24. How do we delegate responsibility for data ll ti ? d t collection?• What data are you collecting? – It should be on the goals, not on the device use. – If that is the case, then the data collection , process does not change – the teacher is still collecting data on the goals, just like they were before a d i was put i place. b f device t in l Free Powerpoint Templates Page 24
  • 25. How do we initiate the process of doing more consultations and less evaluations?• It happens over time time.• Meet with every school every year to hit this i t hard. thi point h d• We’re still working on it!• We still get ambushed every so often often. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 25
  • 26. How does an IEP Team’s request for an AT Evaluation get to the team?• The process should be the same in your district for any educational evaluations requested during an IEP. – How does an OT know an OT eval is requested? – How does an SLP know an SL eval is requested? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 26
  • 27. Is consultation for all teachers or just special educators?• ALL TEACHERS!• Child Study? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 27
  • 28. Playing the French Horn is Not an IEP Goal, i G l is it?• Take situations in the order they come, not some perceived order of “importance”.• If a team needs help with something that is not a g , g goal, you’re still going to help them. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 28
  • 29. Best way for IT to communicate with AT Teams?• The “best” way is for AT and IT teams to y communicate with each other!☺• Another reason for an AT Team to exist is to have someone to communicate with IT when making district level technology decisions. – Interactive Whiteboard example – Read & Write Gold district implementation example. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 29
  • 30. How to keep up with new available technologies?• QIAT Listserv ( (htt // t i k d / j t / i t)• RSS readers (Blogs, Podcasts, etc)• Conferences (TechKnowledgy)• Share at meetings!• Social media Free Powerpoint Templates Page 30
  • 31. What will an AT Team look like for Charlottesville City Schools?• We can t answer this for you but we’ll give can’t you, we ll you time to get started right now!• Take the next 30 minutes to discuss how to discuss the next steps in your district! Free Powerpoint Templates Page 31
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  • 33. References• Bugaj, C.R. & Norton-Darr, S. (2010). The practical and fun guide to assistive technology in publics schools: building or improving your district’s AT team. Washington, D.C.: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Free Powerpoint Templates Page 33