AT Evaluation and Assessment
These are the items that agency directors/administrators rated on a scale of 1 (never) to 5(always) for the Child Evaluation and Assessment area. Scores represent the percentage of agreement between state and expert ratings. Higher percentages reflect higher agreement with the experts.
- At least one professional on the evaluation team has an in-depth knowledge of a range of devices (i.e., both low and high-tech devices).
- Parents are provided with opportunities to discuss their concerns and experiences with AT devices with the professionals on their children's teams..
- EI Professionals ask parents what type of AT devices they think might be useful for their child.
- Cultural or family traditions are considered during decision-making about AT.
- Written recommendations for an AT device include a description of expected benefits for the child's use of that particular device.
- Team members document strategies that can be used to teach children how to use devices in various settings.
- Team members gather information about each setting in a child's natural environments (e.g., childcare; home; park) for consideration about how AT may be used in those environments..
- AT evaluations tend to follow a specific formula across all children.
- Professional team members are responsible for deciding on the next step after an evaluation for AT use has been conducted.
- Information about a child's AT needs is obtained only at an initial evaluation meeting.
- Environmental checklists are used in a child's home, or other natural settings (e.g., childcare, community program) to assess how AT would fit into the physical and social aspects of those environments.
- A team of specially-selected professionals conducts evaluations that are related only to AT.
- The team making decisions about AT use includes interdisciplinary personnel.
- The strengths and responsibilities for each AT team member are understood by all members.
- As part of the assessment process, a parent has the opportunity to try out devices being considered for use with their child.
- Devices to be used with a child are discussed in a team meeting that includes parents.