Assistive Technology Network

AAC Assessment

When a student is referred for an AAC Assessment the question is "What communication system would be the best fit for this student?" In order to determine the answer to that question an ongoing process is required. This ongoing process will yield recommendations based on data collected from trials with various communication systems used for meaningful tasks in the student’s daily environments.

The first step in any assessment process is to obtain background information. Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT), 5th edition developed by the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative is considered to be a leading resource for assistive technology assessment. Forms from the ASNAT are used throughout the Virginia Assistive Technology Assessment process. The AAC assessment forms are also included in this process.

ASNAT, Chapter 3, Assistive Technology for Communication
ASNAT, Student Information Guide, Chapter 1, Section 2, Communication

These forms should be completed by team members who are most familiar with the student in order to gain an accurate picture of the student's abilities. Once this background information is obtained the team may decide that further information is needed in order to make an accurate assessment. Other communication tools are available which would help the team in recommendations for communication systems. Some of these resources include:

Communication Matrix
This instrument is designed for individuals of all ages who function at the earliest stages of communication and who use any form of communication.

TASP - Test of Aided Symbol Communication Performance
* Available in some T/TAC libraries