We Bought It, NowWhat? AssistiveTechnologyImplementationNew Bedford Public Schools.Professional Development Day 1/28/2013Kate Ahern, M.S.Ed.Assistive Technology SpecialistEaster Seals of Massachusetts
What is AT? AT Products: any item, piece of equipment, or product system that may be used by a person with a disability to perform specific tasks, improve functional capabilities, and become more independent. It can help redefine what is possible for people with a wide range of cognitive, physical, or sensory disabilities. AT Services: any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of assistive technology devices that result in greater independence, safety of comfort of an individual.
Assistive Technology by Pacer Centerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB9pKkZoJDc
Possible Results of Consideration No AT Needed Continuation with current AT will be sufficient AT is needed; can/will be explored, trialed, selected and implemented by current IEP TEAM Formal or more rigorous AT Evaluation is required; referral made to in-district AT TEAM or specialist, or consulting AT TEAM or specialist This information is documented appropriately in IEP
Consideration at the ClassroomLevel Gather SETT Info – Clarify the Questions Student Environment Task Tools Explore Options Trial Solutions Implement AT
Let’s try it! Split into teams. Select a child most or all of you know. Discuss and record: Student – information about the student Environment – information about the setting where AT may allow the child to complete tasks Tasks – information on the tasks that AT may be able to assist with
Let’s try it! Make a list of tools your team would like to trial for your student Thinkabout how well each one may work given the other SETT information
When further AT evaluation isneeded… TEAM decision Referral process will vary by chosen provider Provider will likely require A referral form Copies of IEPS and recent evals Conversations with some or all TEAM members Observation of student and environment Hands-on evaluation of student You can help by Having specific referral questions and tasks in mind (example - helpful Kristen needs a faster and less challenging way to talk classroom notes; not helpful Kristen needs an iPad) Having a prepared list of what has been trialed already
Models of AT Evals Multidisciplinary AT TEAM Evals - often includes Special Education and General Education Teachers, OT, PT, SLP and others such as social worker or teacher of the visually impaired as needed. May or may not include an assistive technology professional. All team members have some kind of AT training. Consultant AT Professional – typically conducts record reviews, observations, interviews with TEAM including parent and student and hands-on evaluation followed by recommendations to the TEAM
AT Implementation How will we get it? Who is in charge of Who arranging training? will pay for it? How will the key Whatabout repairs players find time to be and warranties? trained in AT? Who Where will it be used? needs to be Where will it be trained to use it? stored? Who will do the Will it go home? training? What else should we be thinking about?
AT Implementation Video http://www.setbc.org/setbc/curriculum/ gayl_bowser_implementation.html#
StudentInformation Point of Contact – who is in charge?
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Remember daily tasks You can write This can include like putting it daily or weekly student, butin a bag to go on Mondays, there shouldhome, backing etc. be someoneit up, syncing. checking on them listed
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You might want to list e-mail addresses and Tech Support numbers in the margins or on theback. Also consider a notebook ordaily emails to check in with home.
What tasks must Again the student Be detailed so consider master to be data is uniform, initials and successful? Direct but simple so dates here. instruction? data is taken. modeling? Using anchor charts?
AT is more than a product! AT in the service AT in the service delivery delivery Consultation for training staff and family Direct service to Consultation time for student to obtaining programming, Train scanning, and adapting devices and materials? Teach Consultation for Model updating and arranging repairs? Support use Individual or group, push in or pull out? From whom and for whom? How often? Where? When? Who will pay for this?
AT in the IEP Present Levels of Performance Accommodations and Modifications Annual Goals and Benchmarks Service Delivery Grid Modifications Needed for State-Wide and District Wide Assessment Transition Plan
Let’s try it! Createa couple of sentences for each area in the IEP for your selected student Present Levels of Performance Accommodations and Modifications Annual Goals and Benchmarks Service Delivery Grid Modifications Needed for State-Wide and District Wide Assessment Transition Plan
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