Funded by:  The AAC Self-Assessment Tool-Kit   A project based in Cumbria   Produced by   Communication and Learning Enter...
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Example of a filled  out page in the  observation  schedule.Example of the above sheet entered as data on the excel analys...
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This is a partially filled out spreadsheet. Scores like thisindicate that the student would benefit from the use of AACto ...
This is a partially filled out spreadsheet. Scores like thisindicate that the student would benefit from the use of AACto ...
The scores on this partially completed spreadsheet indicatethat the student would benefit from the use of AAC tosupport th...
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  1. 1. Funded by: The AAC Self-Assessment Tool-Kit A project based in Cumbria Produced by Communication and Learning Enterprises (CandLE) Click here In collaboration with: for CandLE Helen Dixon Cumbria PCT Website. James Rennie School Carlisle Symbols: Mayfield School Whitehaven George Hastwell School Barrow-In-Furness Sandside Lodge School Ulverston Click above for Widgit Website. Sandgate School Kendal Also thanks to Ulverston Victoria High School The AAC self-assessment Tool kit is designed for schools to look at the ways in which they are using Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) within the curriculum as well as for communication. It is entirely up to the school how they use the kit but there are several suggestions on the next page: Enter here
  2. 2. Funded by: Click here for CandLE Website. The AAC Self-Assessment Tool-Kit There are four strands to the AAC self-assessment Tool-Kit: Strand 1: Observation Schedule: This is a tick sheet that you can use in lesson observations. The idea is to tick off each time the use of a particular type of AAC is initiated. You can alternatively choose to use the tick sheet to mark off the type of AAC you see used at time intervals. For example, every 15 minutes, during the observation. You can choose this link to go to the observation schedule information: class observation Strand 2: Individual Assessment Eligibility Criteria: This is an excel document that allows you to assess the likelihood that an AAC strategy would be useful to an individual student. This link will take you to assessment criteria information: Assessment criteria Strand3: Training and Experience: This is a form for individual staff members to fill in describing their current skills and the skills that they would like to acquire. Choose this link for more information: Training and experience Strand 4: Information Exchange: The AAC self-assessment Tool-kit offers a series of pages giving information about various aspects of AAC and AT. Select this link for more information: Information Exchange
  3. 3. Funded by: Click here for CandLE Website. The AAC Self-Assessment Tool-Kit Strand 1: Observation Schedule. To use the observation schedule you print a copy off for each class observation and simply use tally marks to indicate the number of initiations you see of any of the AAC indicated. You can then enter the totals onto an excel sheet to develop a graph of your current AAC use. You can look at worked examples by choosing this link: Worked examples You can download the observation schedule here: Observation Schedule You can download the Excel observation results analysis sheets here: Excel analysis We hope to gather more data on the use of AAC and AT in schools. If you use the excel analysis sheet please could you email a copy to us at: info@candleaac.com
  4. 4. Example of a filled out page in the observation schedule.Example of the above sheet entered as data on the excel analysis sheet: This graph is automatically generated:
  5. 5. Funded by: Click here for CandLE Website. The AAC Self-Assessment Tool-Kit Strand 2: AAC assessment criteria. This is an excel document that enables you to consider the strengths and needs of student’s individually. The skills that are rated on the spreadsheet move through from early, pre- cause and effect through to initiation, choice making and so on. You can see some sample worked examples by choosing this link: Worked examples You can download the AAC assessment criteria spreadsheet at this link: AAC assessment criteria.
  6. 6. This is a partially filled out spreadsheet. Scores like thisindicate that the student would benefit from the use of AACto support them in developing (or expressing) cause andeffect skills.See another example by choosing the following link: Worked examples
  7. 7. This is a partially filled out spreadsheet. Scores like thisindicate that the student would benefit from the use of AACto support them in developing (or expressing) choice making. Worked examples
  8. 8. The scores on this partially completed spreadsheet indicatethat the student would benefit from the use of AAC tosupport them in developing (or expressing) language. Anassessment to see if a communication aid would be helpful isindicated. For more support around the use of this tool contact CandLE at info@candleaac.com
  9. 9. Funded by: Click here for CandLE Website. The AAC Self-Assessment Tool-Kit Strand 3: Training and Experience. This strand aims to enable schools to assess the training and experience that they currently have and to identify any gaps. It may support schools to think about existing resources that they can utilise. The tool comprises of three pages containing a set of skills useful for supporting students to use AAC. These are organised into word tables. The first page is for indicating existing training. The second page is for indicating existing experience and the third page is for indicating training that is needed. The forms can be filled out by senior managers on a whole school basis. This would entail indicating the number of staff who have the relevant training and/or experience or who would benefit from it. Most schools, however, find it more useful to distribute the document amongst their whole staff team so that each member of staff evaluates their own training and experience strengths and needs. This link will download the tool: Training and experience
  10. 10. Funded by: Click here for CandLE Website. The AAC Self-Assessment Tool-Kit Strand 4: Information Exchange. The information exchange is the place to find out about all aspects of AAC with signposting to where you can go to discover more about specific approaches, where to obtain resources and who to go to for help and information. The AAC self-assessment Tool-kit is a dynamic, working document and CandLE is activity seeking participation from other sources to continually improve the Tool-kit. If you think there is an omission or you think any of the information could be better presented please let us know. Also, if you know of any new innovations in AAC that should be included we really want to hear from you. You can either email us at info@candleaac.com or fill in the feedback form at xxxxxxxxxxx. This strand is deliberately designed to be operated in a similar way to a high tech communication aid. This means that as you navigate through the information you are also having a similar experience to that of an AAC user.. Choose the following link to go to information exchange: Information exchange

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