DAY 1 – (10AM – 5:30PM EST)
Communication Partner Training
UNITY® Language System – Hands-on Time
DAY 2 – (10AM – 5:30PM EST)
Guest Speaker Presentation (Details Below)
DAY 3 – (10AM – 5:30PM EST)
System Design and User Success
Language Development in the Classroom
Conversation with Chris Klein (UNITY® system user)
PASS Software Training
Facing the Challenges of Access and Functional Competence of AAC Kids with Complex Bodies
Karen Kangas, OTR/L
Access independence and competence remain a challenge for students with complex bodies. To support children in developing and using “access” to AT devices, we must better understand how their bodies work functionally, (rather than pathologically) and what different seating equipment is needed. We need to understand sensory processing directly affects visual convergence, task attention, task engagement and postural control.
Access can’t simply be a choice of eye gaze, or single switch scanning, but must become a part of the activities within a child’s day. Equipment must include the knowledge of the activity and its inherent seating, movement, and experience needs.