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SETT Framework

Integrating AT into the IEP


The SETT Framework:
An Assessment Process

Knowing what to address in an AT Assessment is similar to other assessments that are done. We'd like to share with you a helpful framework for team-based AT assessment. It's called the SETT framework and is a guideline for gathering data to make effective AT decisions. You always begin by collecting information about the student.

S for the Student

E for the Environment

T for the Tasks

T for the Tools needed for the student to address the tasks.

Here's the rationale:

To get the best shot at putting together a system of "useable" tools, the team needs to explore the student, the environments in which the student is expected to use the tools, and the tasks which are an inherent part of communicating, participating and being productive in those environments! These are all considered before attempting to identify the features or components of the tools needed.

SETT's questions are designed to generate thoughts and discussion. They're intentionally broad in order to catch all ideas and possible solutions. The team will need to sort out the data that is pertinent and most helpful. The worksheet on the side will guide the process by helping you to find out what you know about the student, the environment, task and tools and what information you may need to find out to make the best decisions. This process can be used to identify any useful intervention, not only AT.

SETT Framework
Step 1: Collect Info
Step 2: Generate solutions
Step 3: Implement Plan
Step 4: Integrate AT In IEP

Planning Guide
SETT Framework

The SETT Framework- Joy Zabala:
Introducing the SETT Framework
The SETT Framework Revisited



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