Assistive technology (AT) is a beneficial tool for many infants and toddlers with disabilities. AT can help with developmental skills, social skills, communication ability, attention span, and mobility. Overall, AT has the potential to dramatically increase a child’s independence.

The AT consulation process is designed to help the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) team identify the most useful assistive tools for a specific child.

ITP Consultation

An Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) credentialed through RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) or other assistive technology certificate/certification program, will perform the ITP consultation. RESNA ATPs have an educational background in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, special education, or rehabilitation; ongoing work experience (.25 to .50 FTE) of direct AT consumer-related services; have passed a rigorous exam on all areas of AT; and have annual continuing education on AT.

ITP Consultation Steps

  • Fill out the ITP Consultation Application and submit the form online (It is a secure submission).
  • An Assistive Technology Practicioner will be assigned to the consultation.
  • The ATP and Infant Toddler Program representative will determine the consultation fee (~$63/hr) and issue an authorization.
  • The ATP will follow the Fundamental Consultation process utilizing a team approach.
  • The ATP looks at the child, environment, and tasks through observation, review of records, and input from the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) team.
  • Through a feature-matching process, potential AT devices and software are identified and tried with the child.
  • The continuum of devices and software are considered to ensure cost effectiveness and identification of the most appropriate device.
  • A written report will be provided within two weeks of the visit for the IFSP team to use as one tool in making AT decisions.
  • AT tools may be borrowed at no cost to the IFSP team for a trial period to make sure the child will use and succeed with the recommended AT. Visit Idaho.AT4All to view and request to borrow AT items.