In the ever-changing, wide-ranging, often overwhelming, and profoundly individualized realm of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), all stakeholders need a wealth of knowledge and a toolbox filled with resources. New Discoveries is a series highlighting resources (some new/new to you, some you may have forgotten about) that might be of interest and use. We encourage you to explore and judge for yourself which to add to your toolbox.
Resource to Explore: APT: AAC Planning Tool by Grant Wood Area Education Agency
What is the APT?
The APT is an interactive notebook with a menu of suggested AAC assessment tools based on the individual’s current level of communicative independence “that helps to guide the dynamic assessment process. It provides key tools to use as part of this process, including communication sampling forms and communication partner worksheets, that are suggested based on the student’s symbolic communication ability.”
Why should I consider checking it out?
It helps you plan for your AAC assessments by providing a general outline to follow and tools to consider, which can help with consistency and ensuring you cover all areas.
You may learn about assessment resources you are not familiar with - yet.
Where can I learn more?
Listen to this Talking With Tech episode in which Chris Bugaj interviews Julie Freed (SLP), co-creator of the APT, to find out why and how it was created, as well as how Julie has found it to be helpful.
You can access/download the APT for free HERE.
You can read other posts in our New Discoveries series by clicking HERE.