12 | Problem Identification: Gather Info about the Student Environments, Tasks, and Tools

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Problem Identification: Collect Information about the Student, Environments, Tasks, and Tools

The following are techniques and tools team members may utilize when gathering information:

  • Observations - Watch the student in his/her natural settings in various activities. Note the participation patterns of peers. Compare work samples from the student to those of his/her peers.
  • Interactions - Engage him/her in tasks similar to what is required in the classroom. Create opportunities for the student to try AT and/or modifications that might be helpful.
  • Interviews - Ask the student, family, and/or school personnel specific questions regarding the needs, abilities, interests, and participation patterns of the student.
  • Record Review - Review past history, medical, or specialized assessment information.
  • Informal and Formal tests - Formal assessments are NOT required, but may be used when possible and applicable.
  • Protocols and Profiles - Pre-made forms teams use to record information about a student’s abilities and needs. The following are examples of forms teams may use:
    • Georgia Project for Assistive Technology (GPAT) Protocols
    • Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR) by Don Johnston
    • Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (UPAR) by Don Johnston
    • Written Productivity Profile
    • Pragmatics Profile of Everyday Communication Skills
    • Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) Student Information Guide