An assistive technology assessment is a systematic process for determining a child’s need for AT to participate in daily activities and routines in natural environments. Assistive technology assessment does not include administering a battery of standardized tests. The process often involves multiple visits over time.
AT Assessment is a process driven by identifying specific needs of the individual and matching AT devices and/or services to help that individual complete a task. AT assessment is not standardized, but should:
- Be systemic—a systematic approach that everyone follows.
- Be replicable—document the AT assessment process and tools used to conduct individual assessments.
- Provide accountability – proof that a piece of AT works before following through with funding.
- Be performed by a team familiar with AT populations and issues—team members are knowledgeable to make decisions or know how to seek assistance by receiving appropriate training.
The assessment process should involve all relevant team members. It should focus on the child’s strengths and needs. The team should not start the assessment process with a focus on a specific device but should concentrate on matching the features of AT devices to the child’s strengths and needs.
To assist with the assessment process, SoonerStart has assessment kits of AT for all regional offices. The kits help ensure that AT is available for consideration and assessment for all infants and toddlers receiving SoonerStart services.
Having operational procedures in place enable teams to provide consistent, quality AT assessment for all infants and children who may need one.