- Will a no- or low-tech solution work just as well as a high-tech solution?
- Will the technology work in all necessary settings or environments?
- If it will be moved regularly, how portable is it?
- How easy is it to learn and operate?
- How reliable is it under home or other conditions?
- Does it need to work with other technologies?
- Are there sufficient technical resources available to support the technology?
Once trials are completed and information is gathered, it must now be utilized, but making unanimous decisions as a team can be very challenging. Having a prescriptive process can help team members know what to expect, understand their roles, and allow them to duplicate the steps while serving on other teams. Remember: ALL members of the team must have equal say in decisions that are made. Roles and responsibilities during team meetings should be determined before starting and should be shared. In team meetings there should be at least one facilitator, a recorder and a timekeeper.
See Appendix B for Data Collection Resources.
Documenting in the IFSP
Once the team has collected data on AT device trials, members should be able to make recommendations about specific AT device features, strategies, and/or services that should be included in the IFSP. This is critical as sometimes the IFSP is the only information trail following the child from one place to another.
The following highlighted paragraphs explain why, and how, AT may be included in multiple sections of the IFSP. Any early intervention (EI) service provided (including AT) is required to be documented on the IFSP service delivery page:
Family Assessment Plan – If the parent/guardian has a specific concern regarding assistive technology specifically, it could be listed here.