How do I determine appropriate reading tools?

Determination of need is the starting point in determining appropriate reading tools.  A process called SETT is designed to look at the Student, Environment, Task, and Tools.S – STUDENT  List student strengths and areas of concern.  Determine if the student can gain information from standard print-based instructional materials, needs the materials in a specialized format, or needs modified content or alternative materials.E – ENVIRONMENT – List places where the student interacts.  School, home, classes  in the school, community, work

T – TASK   List the print materials that are used across the curriculum.  Consider the instructional context in which they are used.  Select which formats the student needs.  Determine which materials are needed in the selected format.

T – TOOL  After the other areas are discussed, listing tools that have been tried in the past and then possible tools that will help meet the concerns in the SETT areas.

Specialized Formats:


SETT Form 1

SETT Form 2