August 11-13 2020

Due to COVID-19 gathering and travel guidelines that vary state to state, this seminar will be virtually presented as an online webinar and will not take place as a gathering in Pittsburgh. No travel will be required. We ask that registrants commit to participating in the complete 2 ½ day webinar.

PALSS Standard Content

Bruce Baker, AM, LHD, (Hons. caus.)
Debbie Witkowski, MA, CCC-SLP
Tracy Kovach, PhD, CCC-SLP
Russell Cross, BSc (Hons.), DipCST, MRCSLT

Each PALSS event regularly includes presentations of Bruce Baker’s work and presentations by Debbie Witkowski, Russell Cross, and Tracy Kovach. The seminar includes theoretical and practical information regarding vocabulary selection, language development and building competence for individuals who use AAC. In addition, the importance of building motor automaticity when using AAC systems will be discussed. Participants will also have the opportunity for hands-on practice with the UNITY® language system.


Guest Presenter Topic:

Facing the Challenges of Access and Functional Competence of AAC for Kids with Complex Bodies

Karen Kangas, OTR/L

Access remains a “problem” for many of the children we serve, especially those who have increased or fluctuating or unpredictable tone or extremely low tone and are seated in wheelchairs. How can we decide what will work, including eye gaze, single switch access, or assisted direct selection? Why do these children seem to not make progress?

Sensory processing directly affects visual convergence, focus, attention, and postural control. To assist these children in wheelchairs in developing and using “access” to AT devices, we must also better understand how their bodies work functionally, (rather than pathologically) and what different seating equipment is needed.