June 01, 2017, 03:00 pm CST - 1-hour
Pediatric and Adult Eye Gaze Evaluations – Session 1
Session 1: Eye Gaze Evaluation: Tools and ProcessWhen evaluating and treating someone with a communication disorder coupled with severe physical impairments, eye gaze can often be one of the products we as evaluators will need to try. Pediatric and adult eye gaze evaluations are challenging not only because they require knowledge of high tech equipment, but also because of the steps involved from the initial consultation to device submission. Most importantly, for the therapist, it doesn’t end there. What tools are available to help us through the evaluation process? What are the dos and don’ts of eye gaze report writing when we are completing a device submission report? How can our treatment plan help the user acclimate to their device? In this presentation series, participants will learn what needs to happen before, during, and after an AAC evaluation for eye gaze. The resources, tools and strategies learned during this presentation can help a therapist during each stage of the eye gaze evaluation and treatment process. During the presentation series resources for having the most effective eye gaze evaluations, report writing skills, and treatment plan after the device arrives will be discussed and demonstrated. These resources can be easily implemented into a clinician’s evaluation process whether working with pediatrics or adults.
Rachel Westby has a Bachelor’s (BA) in Speech Pathology from Columbia College, Columbia, SC and a Masters in Communication Disorders (MCD) from the University Of South Carolina School Of Public Health.
Rachel has 12 years of experience in the field of speech language pathology and have worked as an expert with assistive technology since 2011. First serving as the Pediatric and Adult Neuro AAC Specialist for an outpatient rehabilitation center then transitioning to working with AT and ALS patients with the MN/ND/SD Chapter of the ALS Association's Herbek Sing AT Program, which led me to become the AT Program Manager of the DC/MD/VA Chapter of ALS Association. I am an experienced presenter, and I have presented at Closing the Gap, a national AT conference in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. During the last 2 years, I have presented at the Children’s Hospital AT Symposium, CollaborATe in Richmond, VA as well as a host of support groups, medical clinics, and in-services on the topic of AT/AAC for the ALS patient and/or other eye-gaze users.