47 | Tips for Making Group Decisions

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What should team members bring to their meetings?

  • A knowledgeable person in his/her area of expertise as needed
  • Web access as available to use online resources
  • Pre-made forms and other resources that were used in gathering the information
  • Chart paper and markers
  • The SETT process and trial information that has been gathered

Start by confirming the meeting’s time frame, make introductions, and provide an overview of the process that is about to take place.  Let members know that ALL input will be written and displayed.

Steps of Decision-Making

  1. Problem Identification – Completed during the Child, Environments, and Tasks part of the SETT process – address both strengths and needs of the child. Consider the demands of the environments and tasks that need to be accomplished. Before generating solutions, select one task on which to focus.
  2. Solution Generation – Completed during the Tools part of the SETT Process – Follow brainstorming rules and use resources as needed, pre-made forms, online supports, product catalogs, etc.
  3. Solution Selection – Encourage discussion, combining, sequencing, and prioritizing. Seek to obtain a consensus.
  4. Implementation – What device(s) will be needed? What service(s) will be needed?  Who will set the tool(s) up for use by the child, train the family/staff, and maintain/repair the device?  Who will monitor the child’s use of the device?
  5. Follow-Up – Over time things change with the Child, Environments, and Tasks which may lead to changes in the Tools. There may also be new people involved, new questions may come up, or innovative technology may be available.  Reevaluating the situation or ReSETTing is NOT starting over.