Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

When some people think of assistive technology, they see a program that lets student disengage while it does their work for them. We see a tool that helps a student reengage in the learning process.

Here’s an even simpler version of our view on assistive technology:

The Assistive Technology Selection Protocol

Today, there are over 400 assistive technologies on the market, making it difficult for parents, clinicians and educators to choose the right mix.

We created the Assistive Technology Selection Protocol as a comprehensive model to make the most appropriate plan. The model consists of 4 steps:

1. We complete a SETT Exercise for an overview of the student, the educational environment, the tasks required and any available tools the student already has. This gives us our parameters. For example, if a classroom is short on power outlets, we can immediately eliminate any assistive technology that requires a plug.

2. We map the student’s learning challenges on the Assistive Technology Map to identify the specific tasks the student is not performing optimally. It’s not enough to say a student has trouble with note-taking because there are multiple note-taking assistive technologies. If we identify the problem as lacking the attention skills to take notes, we can find the right support. This may be different than the support for a student who has trouble with note-taking because of disorganization.

3. Based on the results from the SETT and the Map, we choose the appropriate assistive technology, and show the student, the parents and, if need be, the teachers how to use it.

4. We create a program that works for the student and the school environment, based on what we learned from SETT.

You can learn more on our Assistive Technology Protocol portal.