Determine Equipment Technology & Communication Needs
DETERMINE EQUIPMENT, TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION NEEDS
EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
It is important to consider what equipment and technology will assist the student to participate in the general education setting. Often, the physical environment will need no special attention. However, for some students, slight adjustments in the classroom environment will make it easier for the student to be successful.
The following is a list of some equipment and technology options that the team should consider:
_______Uses the same equipment and materials
_______Assess the need for adaptations to equipment:
_______Assess the need for adaptive and
_______Assess the need to adapt classroom supplies:
_______Assess the need to modify the room environment:
A student's ability to communicate in an inclusive environment will help determine his/her success and should be considered a top priority when planning a student's educational plan.
About 1 percent of the population has severe communication disorders in which hearing impairment is not the primary cause. For these students, adaptive assistance is required for speaking and/or writing.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all of the ways to communicate which supplement or take the place of speech, writing or gesture. Some people have a limited amount of speech, but it is inadequate to meet their varied communication needs.
An AAC system is individually developed for each student. It is necessary to use multiple modes to accommodate the varying situational communication needs. For each student, symbols, aids and techniques must be identified.
The AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION CONSULT form is completed by the student's speech/language pathologist (SLP) and is shared with the augmentative communication consultant. After this consultation, a summary is completed and recommendations are made. When a student's team determines that an augmentative communication evaluation would be beneficial for the student, the department of speech/language for Special School District should be contacted.