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Supporting Student Performance

A speech-language pathologist and a student share a book and a smile.

Equipment? Check. Schedule? Check. Hardware and software set up and running? Check. So now what? Having equipment, a schedule, and a plan in place are all crucial to the successful implementation of an IEP. However, the key to success is facilitating the use of a student's skills and strategies.

  • Do you sometimes wonder if you are truly teaching certain skills or simply training the student to perform them?
  • Do you look at a student's communication device or software and wonder how to help him or her better utilize it?
  • Are you wondering how to meet particular students where they are and then lead them on to the next level?

Facilitating learning, communication, and the use of technology is much about scaffolding—providing structure and supports that guide and make sense of the learning process. This may involve a variety of strategies including, modeling, a prompting hierarchy, routines, graphic organizers, and multi-sensory experiences—to name a few. Supporting new skills also involves working with the students using AAC as well as their communication and learning partners.

The Transition Team is available to collaborate and share ideas about facilitation techniques via:

  • written materials
  • trainings: off-line or in context
  • sharing examples of scaffolds and creating similar tools that are customized for your environment and students
  • observation of the environment and follow-up discussion to address your specific questions