Identifying and implementing supports through Support Needs Assessment and Problem-solving (SNAP) process

The Support Needs Assessment and Problem-Solving (SNAP) process was designed to assist educators in identifying and implementing supports for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) to increase engagement across K-12 settings. Each phase of this process will be described along with case examples of how this process has provided students with increased opportunity for equity and inclusion—goals consistent with the TASH Conference mission. As a result of this session, participants will be able to describe the importance of identifying support needs of children with intellectual and development disabilities (ID/DD) through a social-ecological approach. Furthermore, participants will be able to describe each phase of the Support Needs Assessment and Problem-Solving (SNAP) process and the intended purpose of identifying and implementing supports for children with ID/DD to increase engagement and inclusion. Lastly, participants will also be able to identify how this process can be implemented in applied settings relevant to their line of work to assess support needs and problem-solve in an effort to enhance opportunities for engagement and inclusion in their K-12 settings.

Stephanie DeSpain, Virginia Walker, Carolyn Hughes