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