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Fun Activity Using Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones

This presentation will demonstrate how blending low technology with higher technology such as applications (“Apps”) run on an iPad can be used to help students with special needs participate in the classroom.

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Mary Hager

Mary Hager

MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Mary Hager, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA has been an occupational therapist for over 38 years; most of this time spent working with children in the Kanawha County Schools System in West Virginia. She also served as the WV school liaison for many years. She received a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a MA in Special Education from Marshall University. Mary has presented at numerous national and state conferences. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and has mentored many OT and OTA students.

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Apps | iPad | Low Tech | High Tech

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Pediatric and School Based AAC Evaluations

When evaluating and treating someone a child with a communication disorder therapist can have a long and tedious process in helping secure a device for a pediatric patient or a school based child. There are several steps involved from the initial evaluation to submitting a device submission report. What tools are available to help us streamline the evaluation process? What are the dos and don’ts report writing when we are completing a device submission report? How can our treatment plan on the report and IEP help the user acclimate to their device?

In this presentation, participants will learn what needs to happen before, during, and after an AAC evaluation for pediatric and/or school based communication device user. The resources, tools and strategies learned during this presentation can help a therapist during each stage of an AAC evaluation and treatment plan. During the presentation tools and strategies for having the most effective AAC evaluations and device submission reports will be discussed and demonstrated. These resources can be easily implemented into a clinician’s evaluation process when working with school based children or pediatric therapy.
Pediatric and School Based AAC Evaluation Handout.

Rachell Westby

Rachell Westby

M.C.D., CCC-SLP

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.

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Mobile Technologies for Everyday Cognitive Support

Mobile phones and tablets are rapidly evolving consumer technologies that offer rich opportunities for supporting everyday tasks and vocations. Drawing on a decade of research into the use of these tools as assistive technology for cognition, this presentation will include discussion of: (1) the strengths and weaknesses of consumer handhelds as cognitive-behavioral aids, (2) onboard apps for task support, (3) add-on apps for task management, behavioral support, way-finding, and healthy living, and (4) strategies for leveraging these tools for people with cognitive-behavioral challenges to support functional independence in everyday life.

Mobile Technologies for Everyday Cognitive Support Handout

Tony Gentry

Tony Gentry

PhD OTR/L FAOTA

Tony Gentry, PhD OTR/L FAOTA is an associate professor in the occupational therapy department at Virginia Commonwealth University. A graduate of Harvard College (BA), New York University (MA OT) and the University of Virginia (PhD), Dr. Gentry is a specialist in neurological rehabilitation whose research career has focused on neurological rehabilitation and assistive technology for cognition. He is the director of the Assistive Technology for Cognition laboratory at VCU, which conducts research on the use of mobile and smart home technologies to support people with cognitive-behavioral challenges. He is a widely published and much sought after public speaker who has conducted training workshops in 22 states and 4 foreign countries. In partnership with his wife, he owns and operates Neurological Expert Therapies, LLC, a rehabilitation therapy company.

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Pediatric and Adult Eye Gaze Evaluations – Session 3

Session 3: Eye Gaze Evaluation and Treatment Plan

When 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.
Pediatric and Adult Eye Gaze Evaluations - Session 3- Handout

Rachell Westby

Rachell Westby

M.C.D., CCC-SLP

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.

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Pediatric and Adult Eye Gaze Evaluations – Session 2

Session 2: Eye Gaze Evaluation Effective Report Writing (case studies)

When 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.
Pediatric and Adult Eye Gaze Evaluations - Session 2 Handout

Rachell Westby

Rachell Westby

M.C.D., CCC-SLP

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.

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Speech Dude Tells More: Practical Technology for Moderate to Severe Students

In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of innovative technology tools that can be easily integrated into teaching and learning in for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Google extensions and other cutting-edge tools will be discussed, along with simple implementation strategies to increase access to content and improve student engagement and productivity, with special emphasis on high school aged and transitional students.

Speech Dude Tells More: Practical Technology for Moderate to Severe Students Handout

Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University where she develops courses and teaches in the Master of Arts: Learning and Technology program. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

Chris Wenger

Chris Wenger

CCC-SLP

Christopher M. Wenger is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. He received a master’s degree in education (with emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities) from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, and a master’s degree in communicative disorders from Cal State Northridge in 2011. Chris has a strong background in working with individuals with learning disabilities and in program improvements for high school students. Additionally, he holds an AT/AAC certificate from West End Selpa. He has a broad experience in working with technology integration for individuals with special needs.

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Pediatric and Adult Eye Gaze Evaluations – Session 1

Session 1: Eye Gaze Evaluation: Tools and Process

When 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.
Pediatric and Adult Eye Gaze Evaluations - Session 1 Handout

Rachell Westby

Rachell Westby

M.C.D., CCC-SLP

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.

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How to Create the Right Environment for Successful AAC use in the Classroom

Learn about the newest technology for AAC users - Location Awareness with Beacons. As educators, it is imperative that we are fluent in the use of digital devices. It is our job to teach our students how to be independent AND to help them develop functional skills with technology. Studies in the visual cognitive sciences have argued that we need to bring the environment into the AAC. This webinar is designed to improve your digital fluency and show you how to teach appropriate iPad behaviors to student with special needs. Learn how to use location awareness technology built in to SuperSpeak AAC which is a easy way to bring the environment in on the AAC. We will teach you how to best apply these findings in a classroom setting with your special needs learners. Participants will also get some hands on training on how to bring the environment into the AAC through location awareness technology built in to SuperSpeak AAC.

How to Create the Right Environment for Successful AAC use in the Classroom Handout

Kirsten McLeod

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Kirsten McLeod

Kirsten is an app troubleshooting guru. She can teach anyone how to best customize their mobile device for their specific needs.

Katrine Gulstad Pedersen

Katrine Gulstad Pedersen

As a special needs teacher Katrine has ten plus years of experience working together with special needs children, their teachers, and parents. She has been a key driver for the implementation of digital tools and solutions in the Norwegian public schools and kindergartens, as well as establishing strategies for best practice.

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Revolutionizing Sensory Integration: Squease Therapeutic Applications and Tutorial

This webinar will provide an overview of the Squease pressure vest and its use as a therapeutic intervention. Learn about its applications and the innovative research behind how and why it works. The vest was designed to mimic the feeling of being hugged and has been shown to increase oxytocin levels resulting in more effective coping and functioning.

Revolutionizing Sensory Integration: Squease Therapeutic Applications and Tutorial Handout

Sarah Hovseth

Sarah Hovseth

B.S.

Sarah Graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Child Psychology. She spent three years working in autism day treatment and ABA classrooms alongside speech and occupational therapists. In her current position she works to assess and connect children and adolescents with a variety of mental health diagnosis to appropriate services.

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From Portable to Wearable Supports for Daily Living

Devices from Apple, Google, Pebble and others offer a great deal of customization through a number of built-in accessibility features as well as apps that can be installed to support a number of individual needs. For this session we will focus on the use of wearables as a support for executive functioning, our ability to plan and executive key tasks related to daily living. We will explore a number of built-in features and apps for setting up and managing calendars, to do lists, reminders and other tools that can help all of us stay on track as we seek to complete important personal goals. In addition to these aids for daily living available on a number of wearables ranging from fitness devices to smart watches, we will explore the availability of accessibility features such as screen reader support, magnification and other display adjustments for those who need them to interact with their devices.

From Portable to Wearable Supports for Daily Living Handout

Luis Perez

Luis Perez

PhD

Luis Pérez, Ph.D. is an instructional designer, author, speaker, and inclusive learning consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has more than a decade of experience working with educators to help them integrate technology in ways that empower all learners. Luis holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida, and he is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Luis was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He currently serves as the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which honored him as its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. His work as an accessibility advocate has been featured in publications such as CNET Magazine, the New York Times Bits Blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine. Luis has presented at national and international conferences such as South by Southwest EDU, ISTE, CSUN, ATIA, and Closing the Gap.

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