IEP teams are made up of individuals who bring different perspectives and expertise to the table. Pooling their knowledge, team members set out to craft an individualized response to a specific child’s needs, taking into account that same child’s strengths and talents. One of the responsibilities of the IEP team is to consider the AT needs of a student.
Members of the IEP Team
An IEP team will most likely include:
- A general education teacher to help the team identify the tasks required of the student
- A parent who can discuss how AT might be used in the home environment
- A student to promote acceptance of AT
- A speech-language pathologist who can access communication needs
- A physical therapist and on occupational therapist who can access motor requirements and positioning
- A computer coordinator to provide information regarding the district’s hardware and software resources
- An AT specialist to suggest resources for the team’s consideration
- Any other member of the student’s IEP team
Key Concepts for a Team Approach to AT Decision Making:
No single individual will have all the necessary information about the student to make decisions regarding AT.
All individuals on the team should have knowledge of the potential user of AT.