AT Possibility Generation
Once team members have gathered sufficient information on the child’s needs and abilities, environments where AT may be needed, and tasks that must be completed, it is time to brainstorm and research possible solutions that may help the child increase independence and participation to reach those IFSP goals. Devices and services should be specific to the child’s needs given his or her daily activities and routines. Since AT devices are phased out of production and new technology comes out on an almost a daily basis, it is very important for teams to know features of the device a child needs above knowing the exact names of devices (at this stage). The goal in this step of the assessment process is to make a list of features a device(s) must have then determine which device(s) match well with the child. Some items that match the features needed might be found around the child’s home, like a rolled-up bath towel used as a wedge beside a child in his or her high chair to improve positioning for eating and playing. One form that may be useful is the SETT Scaffold for Tool Selection. It can be found by clicking here.
The SETT Scaffold for Tool Selection will first walk team members through listing features of a device. Examples of features include: portability, durability, synthesized speech, picture symbols, text-to-speech, etc. After listing needed features, team members will need to ensure that someone on the team knows the names of specific devices that have these features, or they will need to do independent research and/or consult with an outside entity – like Oklahoma ABLE Tech – to generate solutions for what may work for the child. Another form that can help is the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) Trial Use Guide. It can found by clicking here.
To prepare for a trial with an AT device, the IFSP team should:
- Identify who is going to coordinate the trial which could include: obtaining the device, scheduling training, monitoring progress,
- Include training for the child and applicable team members on how to use the
- Identify a start and finish date for the
- Identify criteria to determine whether or not the trial was
- Have a process for collecting and reviewing data with the IFSP