A Blogger's Insight:
AT within an IEP
My last blog addressed the process of AT consideration within a student's individualized education plan (IEP). The last step of the consideration process and responsibility of the IEP team is to respond to the question of whether or not the student's needs require the use of assistive technology.
If the IEP team decides that AT is appropriate in this student's case file, what happens next?
If you said that they start to investigate AT and explore which might be the most suitable for this particular student, you must have been paying attention!! You're correct! How does the team know which device or tool would be the best fit for the student and successfully impact the student's abilities and needs the best? The answer is easy... RESEARCH!
Once the student's goals and objectives are developed, the team needs to sit down and explore each type of AT tool. How it works? How it can be integrated? Which aspects fit the student's needs the best? Which AT strategy/tool would effectively accomplish each goal?
In simpler terms, what is the goal and how can I meet it using AT?