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Communication - Tier 2

At Tier 2, teachers identify individual students whose communication needs are not being met within the communication-rich environment by use of Universal Design for Learning Principles (UDL) and the basic tools and strategies made available in Tier 1. Using the data collected in Tier 1, teachers target communication needs and barriers that require further supports and strategies. Within the Tier 2 process, the team will begin the trial use of more specialized communication systems and gather data about the effectiveness of the equipment trials. Using the roles and responsibility guideline below, AT Specialists consult with site level teams to guide selection of appropriate equipment, provide equipment for trial, and support implementation.

 Roles and Responsibilities
IEP Team
Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Identify and clarify specific needs 
  • Request informal assistance from AT 
  • Implement ideas from the Communication Rich Environment list
  • Provide data from Tier 1 tools/strategies trialed 
  • Collect data on newly implemented strategies or equipment 
  • Follow district procedures for repair and maintenance of equipment 
  • Contact AT specialist for assistance 
  • Write AT supports and equipment in IEP Special Factors 
  • Access training resources 
  • Look for ideas in Communication Tools and Strategies (Tier 2)
  • Provide consultation for individual students 
  • Support trials with technology 
  • Provide access to training for specific tools, software, and devices 
  • Model use of low-tech and mid-tech strategies and supports 
  • Follow district procedures for repair and maintenance of equipment 
  • Provide information and resources regarding AT 
  • Provide data collection forms for devices/strategies

Data Collection

I've tried the Communication Tools and Strategies (Tier 2), but my student needs more support.
If so, please click on Communication Tier 3.