October 16, 2019, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes
In this two part series we will explore strategies and equipment for students using switches to participate in academics, communication, and more! Many teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists and others may not have had the opportunity to learn about working collaboratively with students using switches; as a result, some might assume that the ability to hit a switch for cause and effect activities (i.e. make the toy walk) is the ultimate goal, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Switches are a means to an end, and that end can be functional, engaging, and educationally relevant. The switch is a tool for controlling other things - toys, communication devices, computers, power wheelchairs and more. Teaching switch use is about moving from learning what the switch does to learning about how to use the switch to do meaningful things. The goal of this webinar is to provide an overview of switch equipment and systems, as well as resources and ideas to help educators think about how to teach these skills and provide support for switch related activities or interventions in the classroom.
Amy is an OT and ATP, based in Washington state. She has previously served in medical settings, schools and universities, as well as community-based programs, and she has presented at local and national conferences. Amy currently works in the public school system, where she is leading an effort among teams to increase capacity for effective AT decision making. Energized by the hurdles and rewards of working on interdisciplinary teams, Amy especially enjoys collaborating to improve systems, services, and solutions for people with disabilities.