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Assistive Tech Cautions. Student Tracking…. In your speech folder for each student: SETT/ reSETT report Year-end AAC/AT Summary Anything else that would alert and inform a new SLP as to the student’s present communication system(s) and future needs. Wording in the IEP.

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student tracking
Student Tracking….
  • In your speech folder for each student:
    • SETT/reSETT report
    • Year-end AAC/AT Summary
    • Anything else that would alert and inform a new SLP as to the student’s present communication system(s) and future needs
wording in the iep
Wording in the IEP
  • Do a revision of the IEP each time there is a SETT or reSETT meeting to reflect where the student is in the process
  • State that information in the Present Levels
  • Description of the AAC (device and backup) can go in SDI
should a specific communication device be named in the iep
Should a specific communication device be named in the IEP?
  • Best practice: describe the device features, not the brand name
  • Examples of features:
    • Symbol representation- symbols, words,

objects, visual scenes

    • Speech output- Synthesized vs. digitized speech
    • Selection method- direct selection, scanning, eye gaze
feature descriptions of communication devices
Feature descriptions of communication devices:
  • Nova Chat 7 or 10- dynamic display communication device on tablet platform with core vocabulary/symbols, medium sized screen, external Bluetooth speaker, and synthesized speech output
  • DynavoxVmax+- dynamic display communication device with large sized screen, symbols/words/letters/visual scenes, built in speaker, synthesized and digitized speech, and environmental controls
  • Accent 800- dynamic display communication device with medium sized screen, core vocabulary/Unity icons/words/letters, synthesized and digitized speech output, and environmental controls
additional feature descriptions
Additional feature descriptions
  • iPad with Proloquo2Go- medium sized tablet based device with a customizable communication app containing core vocabulary/symbols/photos/words, word prediction, and synthesized speech output
  • iPad with TouchChat HD- medium sized tablet based device with a customizable communication app containing core vocabulary/symbols/photos/words, word prediction, and digitized and synthesized speech output
  • Proxtalker- static display communication device with tags, symbols/words/objects, digitized speech, and direct selection access
good resource
Good Resource
  • *Some additional features that may be included in the description:

-Selection method- i.e. accessed via eye gaze, scanning, direct selection

-Symbols- i.e. SymbolStix, PCS

  • * http://www.aactechconnect.com/

-Device Assistant- detailed information on many different devices

-AAC Apps Assistant- detailed information on current communication apps

districts and insurance companies say show me the data
Districts and Insurance Companies say:Show me the Data!
  • Start collecting data on a student’s PRESENT communication attempts BEFORE a device trial begins
  • Use the same data collection method during the device trial(s).
don t rush to technology
Don’t rush to technology….
  • The district LEA must know about and approve the use of any equipment that could eventually cost them money!
    • Don’t start using the classroom iPad with an AAC app without LEA knowledge and approval.
    • Get the SETT process started
    • Remember that more than one device needs to be tried! The iPad is NOT always the answer!
preventing disasters
Preventing Disasters
  • Be familiar with and USE:
    • Restrictions within the app
      • Locks or restrictions that prevent users from modifying content
        • Turn edicing mode OFF before giving the device to the student
    • Device-wide restrictions (in the iPad settings)
      • Camera
      • Adding/Deleting Apps
      • Safari
      • Facetime
      • In-app purchases
    • Guided Access
      • Under Accessibility
preventing disasters1
Preventing Disasters
  • Back up the student’s user programming!
    • Within the app – set automatically in ProLoQuo
    • To a computer
      • Instructions will be on the AT Web Page
      • Ask your AT consultant for help
    • Take screen shots and print copies of the student’s screens or maintain another form of back-up alternative
when to call
When to call….
  • If there is SETT or reSETT meeting
  • When a device breaks
  • When there is difficulty with implementation
  • If there is a change in student status
  • Anytime you have questions about starting or moving through the SETT process
who to call for aac issues
Who to call for AAC issues:
  • Lauren Enders lenders@bucksiu.org
  • Pat Mervinepmervine@bucksiu.org
  • Melissa Skocypecmskocypec@bucksiu.org
  • Rachael Smolenmsmolen@bucksiu.org
  • Cathie VanAlstinecvanalstine@bucksiu.org
  • Sara Doyle sdoyle@bucksiu.org
where to find more info
Where to find more info:
  • AT Web Page:
    • Special Education, then Special Education Services
    • http://www3.bucksiu.org/Page/1143
  • ATWorksListserv:
    • Send an email to Rachel Burkett to join
      • rburkett@bucksiu.org
      • Put ATWORKS in the subject line
other sources of support
Other sources of support:
  • YouTube and TeacherTube videos
  • Device and app websites