Fundamentals of an AT Evaluation

By Eve Kessler, Esq.

Students with learning disabilities have benefited tremendously from the technology boom of the past few decades. As Assistive Technology (AT) continues to evolve, students are utilizing it in new and different ways to help even the playing field. Figuring out how technology can best help your child begins with an AT evaluation.

An AT evaluation should be done by a professional or team of professionals, which often includes an independent evaluator, knowledgeable about the specific needs of the child.

The evaluator should have experience and training in AT devices, services, and implementation, and be able to integrate the technologies into the curriculum through the IEP.

A thorough evaluation may include the following components:

  • Review of evaluation results and IEP goals and objectives
  • Discussion with parents and those who work with the child
  • Interaction with the child and the technology
  • Trial in a variety of settings in which the device is likely to be used
  • Consideration of the child’s and the family’s feelings about the devices
  • Observation of the child using a full range of devices, moving along the continuum from no technology to low-tech to high-tech

Analysis from trials regarding the child’s ability and accuracy when using various technologies, including positioning and settings that work best