This module is written in a similar format as the other WATI assessment process modules. However, through experience the authors have found that when assessing the need for assistive technology of students with complex needs, the adults around them need to spend more time asking the right questions about how their students are affected by their multiple disabilities and how their environment needs to be engineered to meet their unique needs. For example, the meaning of their limited movements are sometimes subtle and can be missed without careful observation.
This module uses the format of the AT Decision-Making Process to present questions that will help develop an understanding of the student and his or her environment. Instead of a continuum of tools, the module provides a tool belt of resources to help answer questions for which answers are still lacking. Subsequently, use the WATI assessment process modules to identify tasks and tools. This module is the first of two parts. The second part, AT for Students With Complex Needs - WATI, focuses on communication supports, essential elements for successful use of AT, and active involvement in school settings.
Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours
- What's Included
- 33 pages
- Optional $15 certficate
- Identify when additional information about a student is needed.
- Describe what "learned helplessness" is and implement strategies to prevent "learned helplessness."
- Explain the role of staff attitude on quality programming for students with CN.
- Describe the key elements of a responsive educational environment.
- Identify at least one tool that assists in program development.
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