Student data or personal information
Medical data for vital concerns
Vision and hearing reports
Information about any technology or equipment currently in use
Background information regarding any related services provided previously for the student
The student's records
Additional informal observations and information gathering
Formal assessment of the student's existing skills
During direct observation, the AT specialist will spend time focusing on observing the student’s abilities and skills including:, Cognitive skills, Current use of any AT devices, Sensory skills, Motor skills, Communication skills, Social skills
For older students with disabilities receiving transition services, the specialist may want to observe independent living skills and vocational performance
When very young children with disabilities are assessed, it is helpful to have a family assessment as well
These observations should take place across times and environments
Interviews allow the specialist to gather information about specific areas of interest and give parents, teachers and the student opportunities to express their experiences, interests and concerns.
These interviews can yield a wealth of useful information including:, Family concerns and expectations, Perceived needs and abilities of the student, Academic expectations, Diagnostic information, Medical information
For older students with disabilities, the interview should include independent living skills and vocational performance
As a service provider, teacher or family member, you may be asked to address these matters
Involves selected activities in predetermined environments
The specialist may need to match assessments and parts of assessments to the student with regard to age, experiences, cognitive level, behavioral issues and social skills
When the referral, information gathering and assessment procedures are completed, the AT specialist will be able to construct a comprehensive picture of the student’s strengths and needs.
A formal written report will be compiled by the specialist and then presented
After the team decides that the student needs AT for access and support and determines the device or devices the student may need, it is time for the team to procure the device.
The team must do their research in order to get the correct device(s) needed for the student and to make sure that the device(s) are within their budget
People working closely with the student need to know how to use the device(s)
During the training program, data should be collected to determine how the device meets the student’s needs