• Assistive Technology Tools


    Protocol For Accommodation in Reading (PAR):  This process will help determine effective accommodations in reading for your students.  This will enable you to use a systematic, data based approach for reading accommodations.

    The manual, reading passages and questions are available for a free download. The passages range from 1st grade through High School. www.donjohnston.com/par

    This link includes steps and videos to begin implementing PAR:  www.donjohnston.com/getting-started-with-par

    DeCoste Writing Protocol:  This tool is a formative assessment to determine student’s writing abilities.  It compares your student’s writing samples for handwriting, on the computer, and speech to text.  Spelling and writing skills are included for each condition.  

    The OT in each building has access to this protocol and the manual.  Alogical collaboration for this tool would be for the OT or the Special Education Teacher to administer the tool; the OT can then analyze the motor parts and the Special Education Teacher or General Education Teacher analyze the writing sections.

    Speech Recognition as AT for Writing:  This is a clear, concise guide for considering Speech to Text for writing.  The amount of steps to be successful and the cognitive load on working memory need to be considered, among other factors.  This publication refers to the integration of eight skill sets to be successful (page 8).

    Reading Assessment and Assistive Technology:  A Whole to Part Model of Silent Reading Comprehension
    Karen Erickson, PhD.  The Center for Disability Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    The goal is to determine what is preventing the student from reading “silently with comprehension” at the next grade level.  This process breaks reading into pieces to determine the best way to support the student.  

    The Assistive Technology Specialist has the videos: www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds/products/training-videos

    Communication Matrix:
    The Communication Matrix is a tool created to help understand the communication status, progress and unique needs of anyone functioning at the early stages of communicating. The matrix is divided into seven levels of communication beginning with Pre-Intentional to 2-3 word combinations and nine categories of communicative behavior.  

    This tool is best used by gathering information from people working with the student in collaboration with your Speech Language Pathologist.

    The profile is a one page summary of the information divided into mastered, emerging, or not used.

    One caution: do not use student’s real name as this site has not been vetted for student information.

    This is a database with over 400 products for educational and assistive technologies.  It also provides for comparing 4 products and has related research articles on the theory and practice of using technology to improve student learning.  It also has a link for Consumer Guides for help with decision making.