Students will need to be instructed in all aspects of AT use including:
- Operational – Skills needed to make the AT device work
- Functional – Skills needed to use the AT to complete real tasks
- Strategic – Skills involved in knowing when to use the AT device and when to use other accommodations
- Social – Skills needed to use the device appropriately around and with other people
Janice Light (1989) Toward a definition of communicative competence for individuals using augmentative and alternative communication systems, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 5:2, 137-144, DOI: 1080/07434618912331275126; https://doi.org/10.1080/07434618912331275126
This forms can be found in Appendix B.
AT in the school setting is a process and can be started at any point on the student’s educational path.