How we help you achieve

Independence Goals

At Access Technology North we like to work out, and make it really clear exactly why we are working with you, and what it is you are working towards.  We establish long-term Independence Goals (1-3 years) for each of our clients clearly stating the overall purpose of our interventions.

We agree on your Independence Goals before we start working with you. They make come from your initial assessment or be driven by your EHCP. Our independence goals fall in to 3 categories:

  • Education  (e.g. To complete school work independently)

  • Entertainment (e.g. To manage my leisure time with minimal support)

  • Communication (e.g. To communicate to others without prompts)

AT Goals

Each of of your Independence Goals will have medium-term outcomes that we'll agree to work towards, and due to the nature of our work, these will almost always be related to a piece of tech. We refer to these as AT Goals. Your AT Goals will depend on the equipment or devices you have. We work with other professionals, parents and carers to tailor your goals specifically to meet your needs.

Your Independence Goals and the progess you make towards achieving your AT Goals will be reported on in your Termly Reviews. We share these reports with everyone who works with you.

Pathway Steps

We’ve broken down how to achieve your AT Goals by creating a series of steps for success . This is the journey we take to enabling you to use your Assistive Technology to be more independent.

Step 1: Access & Engage

Step 1 is all about the physical access to your tech and tolerating its use

You’ll begin to trial some of the devices, switches, equipment, apps  and software that we provide for you.

We work with your Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist to make sure the solutions we put in place are not hard work and that they are good for your posture.

We introduce new equipment slowly so you can get used to it and we teach the people in your life how to support you to use your new technology.

This really is an experimental time for us all.  Sometimes when we try out a new piece of equipment or software we discover we need to make changes so it’s as easy as possible for you to use. Sometimes you might not like what we have provided for you and that’s ok too.

We need to make sure you are happy with your technology. We want you to be motivated to use it. If it’s too hard or you’re not interested, you won’t use it and the technology will not help you to become more independent.

During step 1, we'll be working together to make sure you can:

1. Use your technology comfortably by:

  • Tolerating the positioning of IT equipment for short periods of time

  • Accepting the positioning of IT equipment for longer periods of time

2. Demonstrate an interest in using your technology by:

  • Demonstrating simple reflex responses to IT experiences

  • Responding briefly to sounds, on-screen movements or sensory stimulation

  • Demonstrating interest or pleasure in sounds, on-screen movements or sensory stimulation for longer periods of time

  • Demonstrating consistent interest in IT generated experiences

3. Explore ‘cause and effect’ using your technology by:

  • Tolerating using IT equipment to produce a desired effect with hands on support

  • Using IT equipment to produce a desired effect with minimal physical prompts

  • Using IT equipment to produce a desired effect with verbal prompts

  • Using IT equipment to produce a desired effect independently with some accuracy

Step 2: Navigate

Step 2 is about understanding how your device works and what it can do

Once we’re happy that you can access and are beginning to engage with your technology, it’s time for you gain in confidence with your device(s) and software and find your way around them with increasing independence.

At Step 2,  you may develop your interest in cause and effect by learning to ‘start and stop’. We may also look to introduce ways to help  you develop greater control, navigate devices and software and to begin to make choices.

We continue to check that you are comfortable and that your methods for using AT are as effortless as possible.  We also continue to work with everyone in your multidisciplinary team to ensure you can get the most from your AT solutions.

We will work with you and check to make sure you can:

1. Demonstrate an increasing awareness of how and when to use your technology by:

  • Demonstrating how to start-stop using your tech

  • Using your tech appropriately and accurately in response to a cue

  • Using two switches to control different parts of an activity

2. Use your technology to make a choice by:

  • Making a choice between two options

  • Making a choice between three options

3. Navigate your technology to locate functions by:

  • Locating basic functions immediately available

  • Locating functions through menus or other pages

  • Locating advanced functions

Step 3: Control and Apply

Step 3 is about using your device with minimal support for its intended purpose

Once we’re happy that you can navigate your equipment and you’re feeling confident, you’ve reached step 3.  Now it’s time to practice using and applying your skills.

Control use of tech functions for desired purpose

  • Make choices between all available  options

  • Activate options confidently with support

  • Activate options with minimal support

  • Activate options independently

Engage in an external activity, using my tech to support me

  • Follow a set task, with reducing support

  • Initiate a task, with reducing support

Take ownership for looking after my tech

  • Be aware of charging, care and regular maintenance tasks

  • Direct someone, or independently look after my tech

We continue to check that you are comfortable and that your methods for using AT are as effortless as possible.  We also continue to work with everyone in your multidisciplinary team to ensure you can get the most from your AT solutions.