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SETT Framework: The AT Cycle 

Using the SETT Framework to Consider AT

There are many ways to consider AT, but all professionals agree that the process of consideration should include:

  • A team approach
  • Consideration of a student's present level of performance
  • Consideration of the specific tasks (learning activities, IEP goals, assignments) a student needs to accomplish
  • Consideration of the environment (school, classroom, community, home) in which the student engages in those tasks

Make sure that you focus the discussion on specifics rather than generalities. The team should focus on a need area and work together to understand the causes of the problem. Answering specific questions about the student will lead to a solution that is likely to work. The SETT framework provides a structure for the consideration process.

Use the SETT Form to guide and document the process of AT consideration.
HIAT assists teams in MCPS to consider AT using the SETT Framework by answering questions providing website resources, and where appropriate, modeling the process directly with school teams.

Virtual consultations are available now. All MCPS staff needing support with Assistive Technology can find many options here: MCPS Assistive Technology for Virtual Learning

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