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ASSITIVE TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT TOOL: SOFTWARE FOR THE ASSISTIVE TECHNOGY SPECIALIST

Yvonne Smith LPT, ATP
Easter Seal of Ft. Worth
2100 Circle Drive
Ft.Worth, TX 76109
Email: yvonnedodgen@hotmail.com

Peggi McNairn, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATP
P.O. Box 180503
Arlington, TX 76096
Voice: 817-467-0627
Email: pmcnairn@aol.com 
Web: www.why.net/home/ddodgen

Time is the most precious resource of any busy professional, AAT evaluators are no exception. Doug Dodgen and Associates has created an easy to use software tool to meet the needs of the busy AAT professional: AAT Assessment Tool.

The purpose of this presentation is to explain how the AAT Assessment Tool can help reduce the time needed to complete the mundane task of writing evaluations, thus freeing the AAT professional to spend more time doing that for which they are trained, conducting evaluations and providing service. It is the newest weapon in the Doug Dodgen and Associates arsenal of tools to help the AAT professional. It provides the service of organizing report data, easily entering pertinent information, and printing unique evaluation reports.

The tool reminds busy professionals to examine each necessary area, without forcing the professional to enter the information in any particular order. By prompting for information about the client's attributes in each key area, the program can then intelligently format the data into a comprehensive report much easier than the AAT professional could write the report directly.

The AAT Assessment Tool presents a series of screens that request information about the assessment. These screens can be completed in sequence or in any order the user desires. There is no need to complete all the screens. Not all clients have the same needs. Any screen or block within a screen that is not completed is simply not used in the final evaluation report.

Each screen is easier to complete than writing notes to complete a report later would be. Not only do the screens cover every necessary area, but many "stock" phrases are entered automatically with little effort. The screens combine input areas with choice areas to simplify quick entry of information.

What could be easier? Complete the applicable blocks, then click on PRINT to receive a comprehensive, unique, well written assessment report. Using the power of the computer, you keep your reports organized to make it easier to recall any particular report later.


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